Tommy Wright knows Corby Town must take their opportunity to put pressure on leaders Poole Town this weekend.
The Steelmen will move to the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division if they beat rock-bottom Burnham at Steel Park tomorrow (Saturday).
Poole have no game due to this being the weekend they were scheduled to play Hereford United, who went out of business earlier in the season.
It will mean that by the time Corby have played Burnham, Poole will have four games in hand on the Steelmen in the battle for automatic promotion.
Wright’s men are aiming to hit back from last weekend’s 3-2 defeat at Biggleswade Town while a makeshift side were beaten 2-0 at Peterborough Northern Star in the semi-finals of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup on Tuesday.
And the manager knows his team can’t afford many more slip-ups if they are to remain as challengers to the title favourites.
“I would like to think we will be in the play-offs,” the Corby boss said.
“It will take a nightmare run for us not to be in them now.
“The real challenge for us is to try to stay with Poole for as long as we possibly can.
“We will do our best but if we can’t win the title then the next aim must be to finish second and that’s something we should be more than capable of doing.
“In the next week we have Burnham, then a Red Insure Cup semi-final against North Leigh and then it’s Banbury.
“They are all at home and it is there for the boys.
“The incentive this weekend is to go to the top of the league.
“We know we will have played four more games than Poole but we have to keep trying to put whatever pressure we can on them.”
Wright is expecting to have defensive duo Herve Pepe-N’Goma and Edi Appleton available again after they missed the loss at Biggleswade because of injuries.