Must-win game for Stones

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Blackstones must treat tomorrow’s match at Long Buckby as a cup final according to manager Dave Stratton.

Stones are flirting with relegation after a run of five defeats but victory in their final game tomorrow would ensure survival in the United Counties League Premier Division.

“Three points on Saturday and we are safe - it’s as simple as that,” said Stratton. “It’s in our hands.”

Anything less would leave Blackstones at the mercy of results elsewhere, with Stratton not happy that fellow strugglers Kempston Rovers end their season a week later against another of the teams at the wrong end of the table, Sleaford Town.

“It’s extremely poor,” he said. “They will go into their game knowing what they need.

“But if we had played the whole season like we did in the first against Huntingdon we would not be in this position.”

Stones led the fourth-placed side twice at Lincoln Road before falling behind in the second half and they were ultimately left with nothing to show for their efforts on Monday evening.

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