Tommy Wright insists last weekend’s dramatic 1-0 victory over Poole Town will count for nothing if Corby Town don’t follow it up against St Neots Town today (3pm).
Cleveland Taylor’s stoppage-time winner against the long-time leaders of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division brought the house down at Steel Park.
The celebrations on the pitch and terraces said it all as the Steelmen established themselves as title contenders.
Boss Wright felt the way the game finished and the celebrations that followed has inspired his players for the second half of the season.
But he is well aware they are in for another tough test against a St Neots side who are also in contention at the top end of the table.
“The lads believed they could win against Poole but believing it and actually going and doing it is a totally different thing,” the Steelmen manager said.
“They knew how huge the match was I think the reaction once we scored and then the roar when the final whistle went has just inspired our boys. They know everyone is behind them.
“And in that moment, I think they realised just how big this club could become in the future.
“The celebrations at the end were great and the boys were clapped out of the clubhouse when they went home.
“It was a good day for us but the reality now is that it will be for nothing if we don’t follow it up.
“It’s another tough game and we know a fair bit about them (St Neots).
“They are a bit similar to ourselves in that they have probably been a bit better away from home.
“Whether that is down to expectation or not I don’t know. They have a big budget and perhaps the pressure is on them.
“From our point of view, we just have to build on Saturday, it’s a massive game and we will go there to try to win it.”
Wright expects to have a fully-fit squad to choose from for the clash at St Neots.
The manager played a big part when he came on as a substitute against Poole as he set up the winner for Taylor.
But he insists he will only start games if he and assistant-manager Dave Clarke believe it is the right thing to do.
He added: “In terms of what happened on Saturday, it was great. I made a contribution but so did Wilson Carvalho when he came off the bench.
“It’s good to have that competition for places and it keeps those who have been starting matches on their toes.
“I have said before that I am a bit reluctant to put myself in there from the start and I think we have proved we have goals in us with the likes of Greg Mills and Spencer Weir-Daley.
“We will treat every game on its merits and if we think it’s right for me to start then that’s what will happen.”