OXFORD City Stars captain Darren Elliott is under no illusion as to how tough the second half of the season will be for his side, writes JACK SALE.

Their 13-1 victory over Lee Valley Lions kept Stars fourth in the English National League South Division 2 table.

And although they are eight points off top spot, the side have played at least two games fewer than those above them – and have four matches in hand on leaders Chelmsford Chieftains.

Elliott does not think his teammates are fazed by the prospect of having so many games to come, but knows it will be a challenge to capitalise and take full advantage.

“We’ve got a tough second half of the season,” he said.

“Everyone is in it to win it, so all the boys are pretty pumped.

“We’ve got Bristol next week which will be a test (even though they are struggling).”

The emphatic win over Lee Valley was Stars’ first game since December 22 and Elliott believes the manner of their success sets them up nicely for sterner tests.

And with Adam Harris and Max Florey scoring their first goals for the club, the skipper is confident there will be more to come.

He said: “Max and Adam turn up every week train hard, play hard and it paid off for them.

“Hats off to them – hopefully that will get their eye in going forward.”