Chris Plummer is hoping Corby Town will finally learn their lesson and get off to a good start when they head to Bradford Park Avenue tomorrow (Saturday).
The Steelmen head to Yorkshire looking to arrest a worrying slide in the Blue Square Bet North as a run of four successive defeats have left them sitting just above the relegation zone, albeit seven points clear of third-from-bottom Colwyn Bay.
Heavy defeats to Harrogate Town and FC Halifax Town were followed by much improved displays against high-fliers Altrincham and Chester, although Plummer’s men still found themselves on the end of 2-1 losses.
And it is the way his team have been starting matches that has left the Corby boss concerned.
Leaders Chester were 2-0 up inside 17 minutes at Steel Park last weekend while they also conceded an early goal at Altrincham and were destroyed in the first half of their 5-1 hammering at the hands of Halifax.
Plummer is now hoping his team can get it right in the opening stages when their take on an Avenue side, who sit in 10th place in the league table.
“Starting the game well is going to be key,” the Corby boss admitted.
“It is obvious that if you give good sides like Chester or Halifax and 2-0 lead quickly then you are going to find it hard. We have found that out the hard way.
“It is something we have to learn from and hopefully we can get that right when we go to Bradford.
“If we start the game well then we will be in it for a long time and that is the most important thing.
“We know there are goals in our team and we know we have the pace to cause teams problems. But we have to make sure we stay in games and not give it away early on.
“We had the two heavy defeats against Harrogate and Halifax but, overall, we have tried to be a bit more solid and I think that has shown at times.
“Our aim will be to go to Bradford and keep it as solid as we can and then see if we can cause them a few problems.”
Carl Piergianni sits out the second of a three-match ban while Francis Green is likely to miss out again due to a leg injury he suffered in the defeat at Altrincham.
The game will kick off at 4pm due to Bradford Bulls playing a Super League match against St Helens at 2pm.