Tommy Wright is desperate for Corby Town to end what he has described as a “horrible run” at Steel Park when they take on county rivals Brackley Town for the second time in the space of a week tomorrow (Saturday).
The Steelmen kicked off their festive fixtures with a 2-1 success at Brackley on Boxing Day but that good work was quickly undone when they suffered a 5-3 home defeat to Lowestoft Town on Bank Holiday Monday.
The loss left Wright’s team sitting second-from-bottom in the Vanarama National League North, a point adrift of safety.
Lowestoft pulled away from Corby with that victory on Monday and Wright says the reverse fixture against Brackley, who are just above them in the table, is another “crucial” game in the battle of survival.
The Steelmen have won just three of their 13 home league matches this season.
And the Corby boss said: “I expect Lowestoft to be down there with us but the reality is they have taken four points off us when I thought it should have been the other way round after we were at home on Monday.
“The Brackley game is another crucial one. We have taken three points off them and now we have to go and make it six.
“We need to put pressure on them. They have the games in hand so I think we need to get the points to keep them right in it.
“We know what Brackley have to offer and I think we have more than we are showing.
“It’s up to us to end this horrible run at home and only we can do that.”
Wright, meanwhile, feels 2015 was a year of “more highs than lows” for the club after they earned promotion with an incredible final-day title success in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division in April.
And he remains determined to lead Corby to safety as they bid to avoid an immediate return to the Southern League.
“I think it’s had a lot more highs than lows to be honest,” he added
“I don’t want to go down the road of saying it’s been a rollercoaster because it hasn’t. We massively overachieved last season. At the start of May last year there wasn’t going to be a football club and in a year we won the league, were finalists in a cup and semi-finalists in another.
“We also held the first-ever international tournament (the Steel Park Cup) at a non-League football club so a lot has happened in a short period of time.
“This year has been a massive learning curve for the club and my job now is to keep the team in this league.”
Wright expects to have captain Cleveland Taylor and Sam Downey available for the weekend after both missed Monday’s loss.
And Ben O’Hanlon, who this week had his loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers extended until January 26, should also be fit after a hamstring problem.