Late strike sends Stones tumbling out of the cup

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BLACKSTONES were knocked out of the Hinchingbrooke Cup at the quarter-final stage by Huntingdon Town on Wednesday evening.

The United Counties League First Division leaders matched the Premier Division outfit throughout and struck late, with a superb strike from Declan Rogers.

Stones defence backed off, allowing the Huntingdon player far too much space and time to tee up his shot, which he rifled high inside Lee Crockett’s right hand post from the edge of the box.

Rogers’ goal was a moment of magic in a tie that looked to be heading towards extra time as both sides struggled to find the final ball that would end the stalemate.

The game began at a breakneck pace with the visitors keen to push forward against their higher level hosts. But decent chances were few and far between throughout the contest.

The best chance of the first half was when a Niks Savalnieks’ header was cleared off the line and the rebound bundled out off the post.

After the break Huntingdon keeper Dave Beeny spread himself well to block a Michael Nelson shot when the Stones striker broke through one-on-one in the dying minutes.

As Stones pushed for a leveller in the final minutes, Beeny palmed away a curling Luke Avis free kick to secure Huntingdon the semi-final place against St Neots.

Stones: Lee Crockett, Tim Quy (Andy Buckle), Andy Ellis, Matt Porter, Luke Hunnings, Steve Burns, Robbie Pearce (Ben Easson), Luke Avis, Michael Nelson (Declan Carr), Adam Scotcher, Danny Barker. Subs not used: Jacob Smitheringale, Liam Buttery.