Blackstones squad boost ahead of tough fixtures

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Blackstones are hoping for a bit of fortune as they face two cup games against higher division sides.

The Stamford side play Boston Town in the FA Vase on Saturday at home and then AFC Kempston away in the League Cup on Tuesday. Both are in the Chromasport UCL Premier Division, one above Blackstones.

The change in competition comes after the latest home league defeat for Blackstones on Saturday to Northampton ON Chenecks, 4-0.

Blackstones, who were without eight first team players on Saturday, have added two new faces to the squad and boss Gary Peace is hoping for a boost over the next few days.

He said: “If we’ve got all of our players available then I don’t see any reason why we can’t get a result.

“We are lacking confidence and we are obviously conceding too many goals and need to tighten up.

“But once we get that win then things will look up. We’ve got some league fixtures against teams around us and we just need to pick up a win.”

Central midfielder Michael Fox has joined from Netherton and played on Saturday. And Kevin Robinson, who can play as left or right back, has signed from Peterborough Sports.

Blackstones lost eight players to injury and work commitments on Saturday. Even Peace was unavailable due to holiday.

Chenecks, who are fourth in the league, showed their good form to go 3-0 up before half-time.

Blackstones gave it a go in the second half but then lost James Curran who was sent off after conceding a penalty.

With a little over 20 minutes left on the clock Chenecks scored again to make it 4-0.

Blackstones are one of four teams to still be without a win in division one and their only point was earned against Bourne last week in a 5-5 thriller.

Blackstones: Kieran Arthur, Andrew Buckle, Declan Carr, James Curran, Jordan Drury, Aron Fagan, Michael Fox, Andrew Hattersley, Kris Kefford, Chris McRoyall, Samuel Strange