OXFORD City Stars are under no illusions about the enormity of their crunch title clash at Slough Jets.

Lee Richardson’s side, who are third in the English National League South Division 2 table, travel to the table-toppers tonight knowing a win is vital to maintain their hopes of landing the crown.

Stars are six points behind this evening’s opponents with two games in hand.

But with only a handful of games remaining, defeat would all but end any hopes of finishing the season on top, with Stars already reliant on their rivals dropping points.

“It’s a huge match,” admitted acting player-coach Richardson.

“Slough are in great form and while the title is out of our hands, we need to ensure we stay in the hunt in case other teams drop points.

“Ultimately we need to start showing we can beat the top four teams and get into top form for the play-offs.”

He added: “Every player will need to be on top of their game both individually and collectively for us to take the points against the leaders.

“We’re all looking forward to it and I’m sure the travelling Oxford fans will be loud and proud as always.”

Club captain Darren Elliott is relishing the big-game atmosphere and believes Stars have what it takes to pull off victory.

“Slough have been at the top of the table for most of the season and we’ll need to dig deep to come good,” he said.

“Everyone is up for it and it’s a new rink as well, so we’re looking forward to it.”

Stars’ veteran defender Dominic Hopkins faces a late fitness test ahead of the top-of-the-table clash.