Blackstones produced one of their best displays of the season at Corby on Saturday, ahead of perhaps their toughest run of the campaign.
The Lincoln Road side face three of the top five sides in their next five games, starting with a trip to second-placed St Ives on Saturday - but play like they did last weekend and Stones can give any side a test.
Stones won 3-0 at Stewarts and Lloyds Corby, returning with the kind of result that joint boss Michael Goode says has been on the cards for some time.
Danny Barker, Addie Staffieri and Tom Davies were all on target and Goode said: “It was no fluke.
“That sort of result has been coming for a while. To go there, in poor conditions, and get 3-0 is really very good.”
Barker opened the scoring after 20 minutes, rounding off a well-worked move by converting Robbie Pearce’s inside the six-yard box.
Staffieri doubled the Stamford side’s lead, chipping the Corby keeper just before half time. Davies secured the points with a header from a corner with 20 minutes remaining.
“It was one of the best performances of the season - faultless,” added Goode. “The quality of the goals on a poor pitch was excellent.”
Stones tough Christmas and New Year run includes Deeping Rangers away on Boxing Day along with fixtures against Newport Pagnell, S&L Corby again and fourth-placed Spalding in early January.
After that Stones, who have risen to 13th in the United Counties League Premier Division, will have completed their fixtures against the current top four for the season.
But buoyed by Stones’ recent revival, Goode vowed: “We will have a good crack at them.”
Stones (v S&L Corby): Lee Crockett, Ben porter, Matt orter, Luke Hunnings, Tom Davies (Wayne Oldacre), Robbie Pearce (James Curran), Joe Hopewell, Jack McGovern, Luke Avis, Danny Barker, Addie Staffieri (Andy Boome).
Blackstones’ next five games:
Saturday - St Ives (A)
Dec 22 - S&L Corby (H)
Dec 26 - Deeping Rangers (A)
Jan 5 - Newport Pagnell Town (A)
Jan 9 - Spalding United (H)