Tommy Wright insists Corby Town “won’t lose confidence” after their unbeaten start to the Southern League Premier Division was ended on Bank Holiday Monday.
Having started the day on top of the table, the Steelmen were hit by a late double-blast from title favourites St Neots Town as they ran out 3-1 winners in front of over 500 fans at Steel Park.
But a return of 13 points from the first six games still represents a decent start to the new campaign for Wright’s men.
And, as they prepare for another home clash with Truro City on Saturday, the Corby boss is sure the first loss of the season won’t affect his players.
“It won’t affect us at all, the boys are together as a group,” Wright said.
“We won’t lose confidence in them for losing a game. We look at the league table and there are 40 games to play.
“We weren’t naive enough to think that we wouldn’t lose a game and I would rather get beaten by a team who are going to challenge this season than lose to a side that shouldn’t be beating us.
“We have to take a lot of confidence from the fact we had them for 65 to 70 minutes. We just have to make our chances count.”
In the main, Wright felt there were more positives than negatives for his team after their display on Monday.
They dominated the opening period after falling behind early on but were unable to add to Greg Mills’ equaliser.
St Neots improved after the break and grabbed two late goals to nick the points.
But Wright added: “You have to take the positives from it. St Neots, and I genuinely believe it, are the favourites this season.
“I thought we dominated them in the first half and we have to look at that and take confidence from it.
“They changed their whole shape to play against us, they played five across the midfield and tried to hit us on the counter-attack.
“They got their goal, they tried to sit on it and then we scored. We had them on the ropes for long periods after that but we couldn’t seem to find that second goal.
“An individual mistake cost us in the second half but when I look at it, I didn’t think we were quite at it.
“We didn’t respond to their change in tactics very well and credit to them, they are a good side.”
Don’t miss a full preview of the Steelmen’s home clash with Truro City in Thursday’s Corby Telegraph