FOOTBALL: Stones exploit Barrow weaknesses in cup

BLACKSTONES put five past Barrow Town in the FA Cup at Lincoln Road yesterday afternoon.

The extra preliminary round victory was Stones' first competitve game of the season but the difference between the sides was not as great as the winning margin would suggest.

Blackstones led 2-1 at half-time but had Lee Crockett to thank for a couple of excellent saves and for periods of the first half the Leicestershire side had looked the more threatening.

However, Barrow left themselves exposed for Tim Quy's opening goal, with the Stones defender heading home a free kick, unchallenged on the Barrow penalty spot.

Within a minute Barrow were level with Callum Ross almost as poorly marked when he headed a deep cross back past the stretching Crockett.

The lively Addie Staffieri, whose weaving runs were a continual threat to Barrow, put Stones back in front ten minutes before the break, and Staffieri gave his side a cushion early in the second half when he burst through to slip the ball into the bottom corner of the net. Again questions could be asked of the Barrow defence who allowed the Stones striker to run through unchallenged.

Barrow were reduced to ten men soon after.

Having already made three substitutions, the visitors' goalkeeper Matthew Nurse went down clutching his ribs. After a few moments attention from the physio he retired from the game and midfielder Sam Buckingham pulled on the goalkeeper's jersey.

Buckingham was beaten from long range by DannY Barker, who fired into the top corner from 30 yards, and substitute Andy Boome headed home the fifth from an excellent Nicky Young cross.

DEEPING Rangers' FA Cup campaign ended at the first stage with a 3-1 loss at Holbrook Sports yesterday afternoon.