Blackstones battled to just their second win of the season on Saturday much to the delight of boss Gary Peace.
The Stones beat Buckingham Town 3-1 at home in the ChromaSport UCL Division One and Peace says the team worked hard for the win and thoroughly deserved the three points.
He said: “We played well. One of the main things I’d spoken to the players about was that at times we have been a bit of a soft touch and we weren’t winning enough 50/50 balls.
“Buckingham Town are quite a physical side and we certainly matched them in that department.
“They thoroughly deserved the win and the whole team worked hard for it.”
Blackstones took the lead through Giuliano Staffieri who hit the post, the bar and then finally found the net on 27 minutes.
The Stones could have been guilty of celebrating a bit too long as Buckingham went almost immediately up the other end and equalised, capitalising on a defensive mistake.
Then four minutes before the half-time whistle Adi Staffierie gave Blackstones the lead again with a shot from nine yards out.
The second half was a tighter affair as Blackstones looked to keep the lead and Buckingham set their sights on another equaliser.
The visitors had the majority of the possession but didn’t really threaten the home side’s goal.
Then on 80 minutes Sam Strange sealed the victory.
Adam Scotcher hit a superb free-kick from 20 yards out which struck the crossbar and landed at Strange’s feet on the penalty spot. He quickly controlled the ball and put it away.
Blackstones have struggled to put out a consistent side since the start of the season but over the past couple of matches have been able to field a fairly settled side.
However, they will be without Tom Davies for the game against Woodford United at home on Saturday as he is suspended.
Woodford are without a single point in the division having lost all 12 games and although it should be an achievable three points for Blackstones, Peace says he has warned the players not to take anything for granted.
“ We’ve got to make sure we treat them with respect as there is a point when they are going to start picking up points and we don’t want that to be on Saturday.”
Blackstones: Kieran Arthur, Andrew Boome, James Curran, Tom Davies, Kris Kefford, Chris McRoyall, Adam Scotcher, Adi Staffieri, Giuliano Staffieri, Sam Strange, John Swales. Subs: Connah Hunt