Blackstones pull two back to earn draw against Oadby

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An Adam Scotcher goal minutes before half-time fired Blackstones into a superb comeback against league leaders Oadby Town.

Stones were two down after 22 minutes in the UCL Division One match but showed a resilience that delighted boss Gary Peace as they fought back for the draw.

“We were ecstatic,” he said. “Considering Oadby have won every home game so far and only conceded five goals, this was a brilliant result for us.

“Let’s be honest, they’re going to win the league by about 20 points.

“They’re an excellent side, so I was delighted with this draw.

“To come back from two down, the attitude of our players was first class. They worked so hard.”

Oadby’s in-form Courtney Meade opened the scoring after 20 minutes and 
added a second two minutes later.

But five minutes before half-time, the context of the game changed when 
Scotcher took a ball to his feet, turned and hit a 25-yard bullet that went in off the bar.

“I’ve never seen anyone hit the ball as hard as he does,” said Peace. “It was a cracker.

“When you’ve got two forwards like him and Adriano Staffieri you’re always likely to get a goal.

“That goal from Scotcher gave the lads a real lift.”

“They’re an excellent side but to be fair, in the second half my keeper hardly had anything to do. We defended so well, it was a credit to all of them.”

On 67 minutes, Staffieri picked up the ball and beat several defenders to score the equaliser.

Having secured five wins and a draw in their last six outings, his side are buoyant.

But Peace warned against complacency.

The Stones travel to Woodford United, who prop up the bottom of the league, on Saturday.

On paper a game they should win, Peace will be reminding his side they lost 2-1 at home to Woodford earlier on.

Peace also expects a great game on Boxing Day (ko 11am) when they host mid-table Peterborough Sports. Two days later they travel to Raunds Town.

Blackstones: Kieran Arthur, James Curran, Roberto Da Silva (Kris Kefford), Thomas Davies (Luke Smith), Michael Fox, Andrew Hattersley, Adam Scotcher, Adriano Staffieri, Giuliano Staffieri, John Swales (Tom Bedford), Owen Uglow.