Fourth draw on the trot as Stones hold Buckby

Blackstones Michael Nelson challenges for the ball
Blackstones Michael Nelson challenges for the ball
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BLACKSTONES held another of the leading UCL sides to a draw on Saturday.

Stones drew 1-1 with Long Buckby thanks to a second-half equaliser from Addie Staffieri.

Joint boss Michael Goode was delighted and said: “It was a really good point for us. They are second, playing at home and are a tough side to beat.

“Unfortunately we have drawn six of our last 10, and drawn the last four.”

And Stones could, with more clinical finishing, have taken all three points, he claimed.

Goode said: “We could have sneaked a win.

“Their keeper saved from Robbie Pearce at point blank range and Staffieri should have scored before he did.”

But he also accepted that Buckby had the best of the opening exchanges, when they scored, and put Blackstones under intense pressure towards the end.

Goode’s co-boss Darren Jarvis said: “We have set ourselves up to be hard to beat this season.

“This run of results against good teams shows we are doing something right.”

The hosts did hit the front after 10 minutes, but only a couple of super saves to thwart Addie Staffieri prevented Stones from replying before the break.

But their recently-recruited striker didn’t have to wait long for a leveller when slamming home from close range soon after the restart following good work from Andy Boome.

Ramsey Town goalkeeper Jamie Lowndes deputised in goal with regular number one Michael Duggan unavailable.

Billy Oliver made his first appearance since a permanent move from Spalding.

Stones are due to play Irchester United at Lincoln Road tomorrow but despite forecasts of snow, Goode said: “I’m pretty confident the game will go ahead unless we get a very heavy snowfall.”

Blackstones: Lowndes, Quy, Ellis, M. Porter, Mark Cox, B. Porter, Boome (Oliver), Burns, Pearce, Staffieri (Holmes), Nelson (Matt Cox).