Blackstones boss Cotton continues to wait for first win

Blackstones v  Burton Park Wanderers. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-141014-114942001
Blackstones v Burton Park Wanderers. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-141014-114942001

Blackstones boss Neil Cotton is still waiting for his first victory at the helm of Stones, citing a lack of continuity with both players and fixtures as the difficult start to his tenure of the UCL Division One side continued on Saturday with a 4-2 home loss to Buckingham Town.

There were positives from three debutants, Ben Moore, Nathan Fryar and Ryan Johnson, all playing well, but maybe in playing debutants ahead of established players has sparked some of the exits.

The Robins completed a double as they halted a run of 12 matches without a win, taking the lead after 6 minutes. Then the visitors doubled their lead on the 36th minute. Stones new boy, Ben Moore, pulled one back on 37 minutes.

Buckingham Town extended the visiting advantage after 70 minutes. On the 84th minute Stones put the game back on a knife’s edge when Moore grabbed his second with a superb diving header at the far post to convert a Sean Treagus driven low cross from the touch line. Stones then began to push for the equaliser and when Keiran Hart was wrestled to the ground in the box, Stones players and supporters felt sure they’d earned a penalty, but “in the opinion of the referee” no offence had been committed allowing the visitors to punt the ball up field to a lone striker who wrapped up Buckingham’s victory.

There was an air of sadness to the afternoon at Blackstones the news that Stones stalwart and legendary gateman Bob Woods passed away on Saturday morning. A minutes silence was observed prior to kick off.

A statement from the club said everyone sends their condolences to his wife and family.

Blackstones’ poor run of results continued on Wednesday night when they went down 2-0 at home to Peterborough Sports.