Corby Town have a number of key injury concerns ahead of the second part of their quickfire double-header with Biggleswade Town tomorrow (Saturday).
The Steelmen claimed a 2-0 victory over the same opponents in a re-arranged match at Steel Park on Wednesday night – an outcome that sent them second in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
Corby now sit just a point behind leaders Poole Town, who have three games in hand.
But manager Tommy Wright, who wants his team to “wipe the slate clean” tomorrow has revealed he is facing something of an injury crisis.
The big problem lies at the heart of the defence with both Herve Pepe-N’Goma (ankle) and Edi Appleton (Achilles) both set to be ruled out after picking up knocks in midweek while Paul Malone is out for the rest of the season.
Stephan Morley (thigh) is rated as “50-50” after he missed Wednesday’s win while captain Cleveland Taylor also needs to overcome an ankle problem.
Nonetheless, the Steelmen boss insists his players must be ready for a “completely different game” when they make the short trip to Bedfordshire.
“It’s not ideal to be playing the same opponents that quickly but it’s just the way it has fallen,” the Steelmen boss said.
“It is a completely different game. We are at their ground, they have had a couple of postponements recently so I am assuming the pitch is will be heavy.
“To be honest, if the game is even in doubt it could be a blessing in disguise with the injuries we have after Wednesday’s game.
“But the boys have to wipe the slate clean. We have to go there to do and job and get three points.
“It’s the business end of the season and it’s a question of how badly do we want this title now.”
While the league remains the top priority for Corby and, no doubt Poole, the two title rivals are also on a collision course in the two-legged Red Insure Cup final.
The Dolphins booked their place with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Egham Town on Tuesday while the Steelmen play their semi-final against Division One South & West outfit North Leigh at Steel Park on March 11.
Wright is still hoping his team can catch and overhaul Poole at the summit with the two teams set to collide on the south coast on the final weekend of the season.
But he said: “I wish we were playing Poole a little bit earlier to be honest.
“By the time the last day of the season arrives it could be all over.
“Hopefully we will get to play them in the cup final but we have a job to do before that and North Leigh will come here and fancy themselves just like Egham did at Poole.”
Wright, meanwhile, has piled the praise on midfielder Ben Milnes, who was the star performer in Wednesday’s win over Biggleswade.
Milnes scored the second goal and proved to be an influential figure, particularly in the first half.
“I think the majority of the lads have hit top form at the right time but Ben is unplayable when he is like that,” Wright added.
“In the last three games he has been like a man possessed and has covered every blade of grass probably 10 times over.
“He is a little magician. He will run himself through walls every week and he has quality on the ball.”