Tommy Wright is hoping the Corby Town fans will be out in force to roar his team on against Bideford tomorrow (Saturday).
The Steelmen return to Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division duty at Steel Park as they look to build on Wednesday’s 1-0 success over Arlesey Town, which secured them a place in the third round of the Red Insure Cup.
But the league campaign remains the priority and Corby still sit in second place, despite last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at Dorchester Town.
The crowds at Steel Park have improved thanks to some impressive displays so far this season.
And Wright is certain that bigger attendances do have a positive effect on his players.
The Steelmen boss said: “When the crowd do show up it raises the boys.
“It is a nice atmosphere here and the players sense it when there 450 to 500 fans inside the ground.
“The crowd really can be that 12th man for us. The longer we can stay up there, the more they will come and watch us.
“You can’t underestimate the crowd’s influence and if the boys keep doing it on the pitch, I am sure they will keep turning up.”
Wright, meanwhile, believes there is “more to come” from the Steelmen after an impressive first few months of the season.
And, once this weekend’s clash completes the November line-up, he knows they are coming into a crucial month which will see them face off against a number of those teams who are also challenging at the top end of the table.
“I still think there is more to come from us,” he added.
“In October we hit that consistency and this month has been frustrating because this Saturday will only be our third league game in November.
“We are well-placed in my opinion. We are going into a great month of football and we will see where we are when we come out of it.”
Wright revealed full-back Kalern Thomas has “an outside chance” of being fit for this weekend’s clash following a knee injury.