Tommy Wright knows Corby Town’s trip to Bradford Park Avenue tonight (Wednesday) is a “big game” for both clubs.
The Steelmen dropped to 21st in the Vanarama National League North table last night after AFC Telford United picked up an impressive 3-2 success at Alfreton Town.
But Corby will move out of the bottom three if they are victorious this evening and, at the same time, they would close to within one point of Bradford.
The Steelmen go into the clash on the back of a 3-1 home defeat to Nuneaton Town at the weekend.
However, Wright insists his players shouldn’t feel downhearted by that loss and he has urged them to get their fight for survival back on track tonight.
“It’s clearly a big game for both clubs,” the Corby boss said.
“If we can go there and win then it will put Bradford in trouble but if they win they will probably be thinking there is enough of a gap to guarantee that they will be safe.
“But it’s a big game for us because I don’t want us to suffer two defeats on the spin at this stage of the season, it could have a big effect on the team’s confidence.
“I think we have done well recently and the lads went toe-to-toe with another of the top teams in the division at the weekend.
“They have given some good sides good games of football this season and Saturday only reaffirmed my belief that the team we have is capable of playing at this level.
“The important thing now is that they refocus and get back on track.
“They shouldn’t feel downhearted at all and we will certainly go up to Bradford tonight to try to win the game.”
Wright, meanwhile, has hinted he may hand a starting role to striker Ryan Robbins.
Massiah McDonald is ineligible for the game as he is on loan from Bradford but Corby will have Nathan Hicks available again after suspension.
Wright added: “Ryan has made a good impact from the bench in recent matches and he is pushing for a start and I think he deserves one to be honest.
“We also have Nathan Hicks back and I think we missed his legs from midfield at the weekend.
“He has had a good start to his time here and hopefully that will continue.”
Don’t miss details of tonight’s game and reaction on this website and more news from Steel Park in Thursday’s Corby Telegraph