In-form Stamford side aiming to derail Nomads' championship charge
Blackstones will be bidding to spoil the title-chasing party of championship challengers Anstey Nomads when the two sides clash on the final day of the United Counties League season this weekend.
The Leicestershire side visit the ALH Recruitment Stadium on Saturday (3pm kick-off) looking for a better points return than table-topping Lutterworth Town who host Birstall United on decision day in the Division One title race.
Just one point currently separates the top two sides – who have both already secured promotion to the Premier Division – and joint Blackstones boss Lee Clarke insists his in-form side will be doing all they can to have a say in the final day destiny of the title.
He said: “We've been strong at home this season and we want to finish our season well.
"We're not going out there to make up the numbers. It's our chance to rock the boat.
"There is no pressure on us. Our final league position is secured so we can go out and enjoy a game of football and try and spoil their party.”
Stones go into the clash after banking a bumper six-point haul over the Easter weekend with a 3-0 away success at Huntingdon on Monday following a 5-2 home win against Holwell on Saturday.
That secured a fifth place finish for Stones and guaranteed a place in next season’s FA Cup for Clarke and Daniel French’s side.
They have lost just once in their last nine league games and Clarke is hoping his side will get a strong turn-out of support for Saturday’s showdown against an Anstey side who have scored 130 goals in their 37 league games so far.
Clarke added: “They're a side who like to play football the right way so it should be a really good game.
"They're more than capable of scoring goals as their record shows so we are going to have to do our jobs well.
"We've been told that they're bringing a coach-load of supporters as well so it should be a good atmosphere.
"It's good to have something to play for in the last game of the season and it's our chance to spoil their party. Hopefully we will get a good crowd to create a good atmosphere.”
Jones De Sousa returns to the Stones squad after missing the last two games, but Andy Boome is sidelined through injury while Liam Buttery is unavailable due to running the London Marathon on Sunday.