Steve Kinniburgh wants Corby Town to try to finish the Evo-Stik League South season on a high.
The Steelmen travel to Carlton Town tonight (Thursday) having fallen eight points off the pace in the battle for the play-off places after Chasetown claimed a 2-0 win over Romulus on Easter Monday.
Kinniburgh, who was officially confirmed as Corby’s permanent manager following last Saturday’s 6-1 loss at Leek Town, has admitted his team are now rank outsiders as far as the race for a top-six finish is concerned.
Tonight’s game is the latest in a hectic schedule for the Steelmen and Kinniburgh said: “I think the only way we can get into the play-offs now is if other teams slip up massively.
“Stamford look to be out of our reach now and Chasetown won Monday so they are eight points ahead of us with a game in hand.
“We have to play them both over the next three games but I think we are looking at a very tough ask for us now.
“I don’t think we have been helped by so many games being packed into a short space of time.
“Despite the result at Leek, the boys put a big effort in and we genuinely could have been more in the game at half-time with the chances we created.
“But we have semi-professional footballers who travelled up to Cleethorpes last Thursday and won 4-1 and then 40 hours later, we were back on the road to Leek. It’s going to take its toll but I know the boys have given it everything.
“From tonight, we have 18 points to play for and the main aim is to try to finish the season on a high and try to put those who are in the play-off places under pressure and then see what happens.”