Paul Malone knows Corby Town will have to “earn the right to play” when they head to Gresley FC this weekend.
The Steelmen travel to take on the team who currently sit second-from-bottom in the Evo-Stik League South on the back of a 1-1 draw with high-flying Cleethorpes Town last weekend.
Corby remain in contention just outside the play-off places after a fine run of form of late and will be highly-fancied to claim another positive result on Saturday, although Gresley did pick up their third win of the campaign with a 2-1 success at Spalding United last weekend.
And central defender Malone knows it won’t be an easy task.
“If you get a point against sides like Cleethorpes then you might look back and say ‘yes, that was a good point’,” the centre-half said.
“But this week we are playing against Gresley and we know what they are like.
“I have played at this level a few times and I certainly believe that the lower you play, the bigger the fight.
“Their pitch is horrendous and there’s no way we will be going there without a plan.
“We will go there knowing that they are down there and fighting for their lives.
“We have to go there and earn the right to play like we did in the second half last weekend.
“We believe we have a squad that can achieve things at this level but we have to make sure we prove it.”
Malone played a part in Sam Mulready’s second-half goal, which earned Corby a share of the points last weekend as the defender’s through-ball released new signing Dino Tuksar whose left-wing cross was converted by the frontman.
A draw was the least the Steelmen deserved after an impressive second-half display and Malone admitted to having mixed feelings of disappointment with the result but satisfaction as they bounced back from a 3-0 loss at Frickley Athletic the previous week.
“We got the goal in the second half early and we
have absolutely battered them after that without getting
the lucky break,” Malone added.
“We were struggling to take the positives, the manager was happy with it but we were disappointed with a draw again a team in the play-off places and I think that shows how far we have come in recent weeks.
“The run was always going to come to an end but the way it happened gave us a kick up the backside that we needed and brought us all back down a peg or two.
“I am sure the manager was looking to see what we were made of and I think we 70 per cent delivered, although we need to learn to take our chances.”