Steelmen ready to get things back on course

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Something has to give at Steel Park tonight.

A side with a poor home record comes up against a team that struggles away and both need a win for very different reasons.

Corby Town have not won at home for exactly three months and have to start picking up points in front of their own supporters again if they are to prevent their outside play-off hopes from fading away completely.

Meanwhile, Hinckley United have only won three away league games all season and arrive in town in the bottom three of the Blue Square Bet North and embroiled in a fight against relegation.

Neither side has kicked a ball in anger since January 28 and both will be desperate to make a winning return to action following their mini winter breaks.

“It feels like it’s been forever since we last played so we’re all raring and ready to go,” said defender Paul Mayo.

“The only real issue is that we haven’t been able to train much as a team so we’ve had to work on things at home.

“But hopefully we should all be fine.”

Mayo, like the rest of the Steelmen, still has designs on making a charge for the play-offs.

But he knows that if they want to rub shoulders with the sides at the top, they need to be winning games like tonight’s.

“We have got to get our home form sorted out and start picking up points there, starting with tonight,” continued Mayo.

“Hinckley are down there in the bottom three and they will be fighting for their lives.

“And they have been a bit of a funny side in the last couple of years, capable of blowing hot and cold, but they can be useful on their day.

“With our current home form, they might fancy taking something from us.

“But this is a good opportunity for us to right a few wrongs and get on the sort of unbeaten run we need to put together if we are going to be higher up the table.”

Mayo could also find himself starting on the left of midfield tonight, instead of his usual left-back slot, if boss Graham Drury decides to shuffle things around and possibly bring Richard Jones into the defence for his debut.

But the experienced Mayo feels it will not be a problem if he is asked to push further forward.

“I’ve done it a few times before for Corby when Tommy Jaszczun was in the side,” he said.

“And while I’ve not played left midfield for a while, if the manager does need me to tonight, then I’ll be happy to do it.”

The club are also confident that the pitch at Steel Park will be snow and ice-free and that there will be no doubts about the game going ahead.

“As things stand we are not planning a pitch inspection,” said a club spokesman.

“The playing surface and the areas surrounding the pitch are thawing well and with increasing temperatures of the last few days, the indications are positive.

“We will, of course, be keeping a very close eye on things, particularly as the next biggest challenge after a snowfall is to ensure the pitch doesn’t suffer from being waterlogged if too much snow melts too quickly.

“Fortunately Hinckley have a much shorter distance to travel than Altrincham so there is not such a requirement for an early decision to prevent supporters travelling unnecessarily.

“If the forecasted weather does change then we will look at getting a local referee in to inspect the pitch after all, but at the moment we don’t anticipate this will be necessary and will let nature take its course.”