Deeping Rangers 1 Blackstones 3
BLACKSTONES made it five wins on the bounce with a 3-1 victory at rivals Deeping Rangers on Tuesday evening.
Rangers old boys Darren Jarvis and Michael Goode are now in charge at Stones and their first task on Tuesday was to halt the Deeping goal machine, which had netted 13 times in their previous two outings.
Deeping did score but had no answer to Stones front man Addie Staffieri whose two first half goals gave the Stamford side the edge before Kyle Orange added a third.
Staffieri, who has scored 13 goals in 11 games since joining Blackstones earlier in the season, has been the subject of transfer speculation, including an approach from Rangers. But Jarvis says the former Bourne player is staying at Lincoln Road.
“Addie has decided he wants to stay at Blackstones, which is great for us,” said Jarvis. “He creates chances and has a great goal return.”
Staffieri opened the scoring after 14 minutes when he picked up the ball in midfield and left the Rangers defence chasing shadows before slotting the ball past Lee Crockett.
Liam Harrold levelled for the home side just two minutes later but during an end-to-end spell of football, Staffieri bagged his second of the night. Crockett managed to save the first effort, but could do nothing about the rebound.
Staffieri did not come out in the second half after aggravating an earlier injury, and it was his replacement Kyle Orange who scored Stones’ third on his first team debut. And Jarvis believes strength in depth at Lincoln Road has been key to Stones’ recent success.
He said: “Kyle has scored in the reserves and we had no hesitation in bringing him on at half time.
“We had a strong spine to our side last night. Staffieri is bang on form, David Burton-Jones and Steve Burns in midfield have both been in outstanding form and Matt Porter has played well all season in defence.
“ It was a thoroughly professional performance against a good Deeping side who have improved a lot since out last game.”
Stones beat Rangers in the League Cup earlier in the season.
Stones face Wellingborough, Cogenhoe and Northampton Spencer in upcoming games and Jarvis added: “We are unbeaten in nine and have only lost one in the last 14.
“If we can take a decent haul from these games it will put us in a good position to finish in the top 10.”
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