BLACKSTONES and Deeping Rangers both begin their United Counties League campaigns on the road tomorrow.
Stones will hope to build on last Saturday’s 5-1 FA Cup triumph at home against Barrow Town when they travel to Irchester United, while Rangers must pick themselves up from their cup exit at Holbrook Sports where they were beaten 3-1.
Rangers kick off against Quorn, now managed by Tommy Brookbanks who was in charge at the Daniels for the second half of last season.
Brookbanks has already brought winger Tyrone Kirk from the Daniels and Rangers boss Tuncay Korkmaz has no illusions that the fixture list has been kind to his side.
Korkmaz said: “Quorn are one of the favourites. Hopefully we will get a decent start but it’s not a sprint; it’s a marathon and it’s about getting momentum.
“I think we should be looking for a top six place.
“We have lost Adam Weston, Kev Gilbert and Josh Moreman, and Matt Heron will not be available for some time, and that’s four key players for us. But we still have a good squad and I’m hoping players like Harry Deane and Ciaran Holt will step into their shoes.”
Deeping’s first home match is against another former UCL side, Shepshed Dynamo, on August 25.
At Lincoln Road, Blackstones’ joint boss Michael Goode heaped praise on his goalkeeper Lee Crockett despite his side scoring five goals last Saturday.
Goode said: “We thought Lee Crockett was our man-of the-match. He made a couple of great saves.”
Tim Quy, Danny Barker, Andy Boome and Addie Staffieri with a brace scored for Stones but Stones will be missing double goalscorer Staffieri and Danny Barker when they travel to Irchester tomorrow.
While Barker is expected to make a quick return, Staffieri could be missing for up to six weeks after picking up an arm injury during the FA Cup tie.
“It was an innocuous fall into the fence behind the goal that cracked a bone,” said Goode.
After the trip to Irchester, Blackstones have two big games at home.
On Tuesday evening Blackstones face Peterborough Northern Star in the league with a 7.45pm kick-off.
They then host Evo-Stik League side Gresley in the FA Cup on Saturday August 25.