Tommy Wright believes Corby Town missed a big opportunity after their winning run in the Calor League Premier Division was ended on Saturday.
Having picked up three successive victories away from home, the Steelmen finally played their first match at Steel Park this year.
But it ended in something of an anti-climax as Frome Town grabbed a late goal to secure a 1-0 win and maintain their own recent good form.
Joint-manager Wright, who played the full 90 minutes, felt his team looked “leggy” at times and he is now hoping a free week ahead of next weekend’s trip to Chippenham Town will be a good thing for the Steelmen.
He said: “It was a missed opportunity. There were a lot of postponements and there was an opportunity for us to go up another place.
“We have got to win our home games. If we want to fulfil our target and aim for the season then we have to win our home games. The boys have been told that, they are fully aware of it.
“Fitness could have been an issue. I thought everyone looked bit leggy and tired and we didn’t that burst of a 10-yard sprint in us.
“It was a heavy pitch but I am not going to make excuses because in the last few weeks we have been brilliant on a lot worse.
“Last week may have taken a lot out of the lads. The trips we had might have had a knock-on effect.
“I am hoping that was the reason why we looked a bit leggy out there.
“We have a full week to prepare ourselves for next Saturday and we have to go down there and come back with three points.”
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