Northampton Spencer 2
BLACKSTONES joint-boss Michael Goode said Saturday’s defeat at home to Northampton Spencer was the worst Stones performance since he and Darren Jarvis took over last summer.
Spencer had not won in their previous six outings but Stones threw away the lead and were reduced to 10 men by the end.
Goode said: “We were very disappointed with the result. We thought it was a game we could get something out of but it was probably as bad as we have played for a long time. Maybe be were a little bit tired. We just did not click.”
Things looked promising in the first half after Addie Staffieri had crossed for Elton Holmes to score at the far post. But a blunder by the normally reliable keeper Michel Duggan, who dropped a corner over his line, allowed Spencer back into the game.
Three minutes after levelling, the Northampton side took the lead.
Stones failed to clear a deep, long throw with Goode blaming some “really soft defending”.
To make matters worse, Stones goalscorer Holmes was dismissed towards the end of the game.
He received a yellow for a bad tackle, which he and his Stones boss felt was harsh. But yellow became red when Holmes disputed the decision with the referee.
Blackstones: Mick Duggan, Billy Oliver (Tim Quy), Andy Ellis (Lewis Leckie), Matt Porter, Luke Hunnings (Michael Goode), Steve Burns, Robbie Pearce, David Burton-Jones, Addie Staffieri, Elton Holmes, Ben Porter.
l Blackstones travel to league leaders St Neots tomorrow and face Boston Town in the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy at Lincoln Road on Tuesday evening
l BLACKSTONES Reserves fell to a rare defeat last Saturday, going down 3-2 to second-placed Cogenhoe United.
The natch was a six-pointer at the top of the table, with Cogenhoe, who had games in hand, in a good position to wrest top spot from Stones.