BLACKSTONES joint boss Darren Jarvis believes his side were “desperately unlucky” to be knocked out of the FA Vase on Saturday.
Stones lost 3-1 to Holbrook Sports at Lincoln Road in the Second Round Qualifying stage of the competition but were level until Sports truck twice in the final five minutes.
James Osborne gave Holbrook the lead ten minutes before half time but Danny Barker squared the game three minutes before the hour mark and the Stamford side could easily have been 2-1 ahead themselves by the time a mix-up between Matt Porter and Luke Hunnings led to Holbrook’s second. Barker had teed up substitute Liam Buttery with a great cross but Buttery headed narrowly over.
Anton Bree then capitalised on a mistake the Stones box to put the visitors ahead in the 85th minute and the outcome of the tie was settled two minutes later by James Fisher.
“I think we were desperately unlucky,” said Jarvis. “We should have won.
“Liam’s header looped over and on another day that would have been 2-1 to us and I think from there we would have gone on to win.”
Stones have now lost six games on the bounce and Jarvis added: “It has been a terrible run.
“I’ve never known one like it. We are generally playing well but not getting victories. At some point that will balance itself out.
“The saving grace is that we came away on Saturday knowing we had out in a good performance. If we had taken our chances in the first half we would have won. We controlled it after equalising.”
Stones have not been helped by as injuries to key players with Addie Staffieri only just back from injury and Michael Nelson now unavailable for up to six weeks.
The Lincoln Road side travel to United Counties League leaders St Ives for a League Knockout Cup tie tomorrow evening.
“It will be an extremely tough game,” said Jarvis. “But we can go without any pressure other than to play at our best.”
Kick off tomorrow evening is at 7.45pm. Stones then have the weekend off ahead of a trip to Spalding for a league game on the following Tuesday evening.
Blackstones: Lee Crockett, Tim Quy, Matt Porter, Luke Hunnings, Josh Russell, Danny Barker, Steve Burns, Luke Avis, Ben porter (Liam Buttery), Addie Staffieri, Sam Bettinson. Subs: Jason Kilbride, Jacob Smitheringlae, Matt Simpson, Tom Davies.