Tommy Wright knows an opportunity to win the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division title has presented itself to Corby Town.
The Steelmen will head to third-placed Truro City still holding a five-point advantage at the top of the table after second-placed Poole Town suffered a third defeat in a row when they went down 3-2 at Cirencester Town last night (Wednesday).
Poole still have two games in hand but given that Corby go there on the final day, they now know that if they win their final three matches of the season then they will be champions.
It sounds simple but with the matches at Truro and Poole being sandwiched by a trip to play-off contenders Weymouth, the Steelmen boss has still described it as “a big ask” for his players.
Nonetheless, the opportunity to win it all is now there and Wright is hoping his team can take it.
“Let’s be honest, it is still a very big ask for us given the games we have left,” he said.
“But it has gone from being in Poole’s hands for so long to now opening up an opportunity for us and it’s one we must take.
“Saturday’s game was big anyway but it has just got a whole lot bigger and I am sure Truro will be sniffing a bit of blood now and thinking they could catch Poole up as well.
“I didn’t really see this situation coming. I thought there would be a chance for Poole to drop points but I didn’t expect them to drop nine in the last three games.
“They have self-destructed a little bit and I know they have lost one of their centre-halves Michael Walker for the rest of the season, he is a big player for them.
“But I am not going to start concerning myself with anyone else.
“All the way through this we have said we need to do our bit and that hasn’t changed. We will get on with our job and see where it takes us.”
With opportunity comes pressure. Having chased for so long, the Steelmen’s remarkable form since the turn of the year may have slipped under the radar until now.
But Wright insists his squad have “no fear” as they head into three matches that could see them crowned champions just a year after there were concerns that the club might not exist at all before a consortium of local businessmen completed a takeover from previous chairman Kevin Ingram.
“We have got a really good blend of youth and experience,” Wright added.
“We have young players who have no fear, regardless of the situation.
“Players like Greg Mills and Wilson Carvalho are just going out there, running at people and playing football.
“These young lads are just giving it a real go. We aren’t playing tactically, we are just trying to go for it and there’s no reason to change an approach that has worked for us.
“Then we have the more experienced players like Cleveland Taylor, Stephan Morley and Spencer Weir-Daley.
“They all know what it takes to win things because they have done it before. They are the ones who know what to do and they must help guide the young lads through it.”