TOMORROW’S visit of Carlton Town to the Premier Kitchens Arena is the stand-out fixture on an afternoon of big games in Stamford and the Deepings.
The fourth-placed Daniels host third-placed Carlton with both teams seeking points to secure a place in the Evo-Stik League First Division South play-offs. And for Stamford boss Tommy Brookbanks, the clash holds extra significance.
Brookbanks said: “This is a game close to my heart. I spent 14 years there and left on good terms but we must win on Saturday.”
Since dramatically beating Sheffield 4-3 last month, the Daniels have beaten bottom side Quorn and drawn their last two games – at home to Hucknall and away at Romulus last Saturday – but goals are on the cards tomorrow.
Carlton are the division’s top scorers with Ian Brown (19 goals) and Ruben Wiggins-Thomas (18) two of the division’s top three goalscorers.
Carlton beat Rainworth 6-3 in a cup game on Wednesday, but while Stamford are unbeaten in five, the Nottingham side have lost three of their last four in the league.
Stamford have 10 games left and Brookbanks believes 18 points from those game will guarantee a play-off spot.
He said: “If you have 75 points you should be OK. At this stage of the season it’s a psychological game.
“It’s very tense and all the games are cup finals. It’s a question of handling the pressure and looking at it one game at a time.”
Kick off tomorrow is at 3pm.
l BLACKSTONES and DEEPING RANGERS are also at home tomorrow in the Chromasport and Trophies United Counties League.
Rangers have moved up to seventh in recent weeks and face former leaders Peterborough Northern Star at Outgang Road tomorrow.
Star have dropped off the pace in recent weeks but are just one place below Deeping in the table so there is plenty at stake tomorrow.
Stones host mid-table Cogenhoe United at Lincoln Road. Both games start at 3pm.