United Counties League
BLACKSTONES moved up to eighth in the UCL Premier Division with a 4-2 victory at Yaxley on Tuesday evening.
Showing few signs of rustiness after the winter lay-off, Stones could have extended their lead further in the second half as Yaxley’s legs became tired.
The win was the first of four games that joint-manager Darren Jarvis has targeted as matches that could secure Stones a top 10 finish.
Stones host struggling Raunds tomorrow and face the return fixture in two week’s time with a tough game at S&L Corby in between.
Jarvis said: “We hope we wil take a good haul of points from these four matches to cement our top half position.”
It would, he said, be a fantastic achievement for the side in a year of rebuilding adding: “I am pleased with our league position. If we can finsh where we are we will be more than happy.”
On Tuesday it was Yaxley who started the brighter and they took the lead after 13 minutes with Brett Bellamy’s audacious lob over stranded keeper Jamie Lowndes from 35 yards.
Yaxley dominated early on with Lewis Stone’s free kick headed off the Stones line by Steve Burns.
But Jarvis and his co-boss Michael Goode have worked hard on their squad’s fitness and Stones were back in the game after 33 minutes, Ben Porter intercepting a wayward pass and sending Addie Staffieri away to jink inside two defenders and fire home.
Six minutes later defender Danny Hussey set up Staffieri who cut in from the right and drilled the ball home to give Blackstones the lead.
Yaxley levelled two minutes into first half stoppage time when Stone capitalised on the Stamford side only half-clearing a corner.
Blackstones took charge after the break, going back in front after 57 minutes with Ben Porter rifling home a free kick.
Blackstones sealed the win on 77 minutes when Barker carried the ball towards the home goal before firing low into the bottom corner.
Jarvis added: “It was a good game played at quite a pace. Yaxley worked hard and are hard to break down, especially at home. But considering we had not played football for so long, this was a great result.
“For the first 20 minutes they were the better side but we came back and in the second half our fitness showed and the scoreline could have been higher.”
Blackstones: Jamie Lowndes, Tim Quy (Danny Barker), Andy Ellis, Matt Porter, Danny Hussey (Elton Holmes), Steve Burns, Robbie Pearce, Andy Boome (Billy Oliver), Addie Staffieri, David Burton-Jones, Ben Porter.