Missed chances costly for Stones

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St Ives 3 Blackstones 1

BLACKSTONES paid the price for missing first half chances at St Ives on Saturday.

Stones more than matched one of the UCL Premier Division’s form teams and controlled much of the opening half.

But Scott Fielding gave St Ives a 28th minute lead following a mix-up in the Stones defence.

Defender Dan Newman then doubled the home side’s advantage from a corner two minutes past the hour, and with four minutes left Aaron Last made the points safe for St Ives.

Steve Burns netted a Stones consolation three minutes into added time.

Joint Stones boss Darren Jarvis was not downbeat about the performance.

He said: “We played very well in the first half, creating lots of chances. But we did not take them.

“We were very unlucky to go in at half time 1-0 down but in the second half they were better.”

Blackstones welcome Kempston Rovers to Lincoln Road tomorrow and Jarvis added: “They are going really well.

“They have the ability to beat the top sides but we will go into the game looking for three points.

“We have Luke Avis and Robbie Pearce back after injuries and it’s good to have them back in the side.”

Blackstones: Lee Crockett, Jacob Smitheringale (Sam Strange), Andy Ellis, Matt Porter, Luke Hunnings, Andy Boome. Robbie Pearce (Matt Cox), Luke Avis, Adam Scotcher (Steve Burns), Michael Nelson, Danny Barker.

l STONES are looking for a volunteer to join the committee in a commercial capacity.

Jarvis said: “We would welcome anyone that would like to join us and become part of a club with a real family atmosphere.

“Anyone interested should contact club chairman Kevin Boor.”

l BLACKSTONES are among a number of United Counties League clubs who were expected to oppose a league restructure at a meeting between UCL chiefs yesterday evening.

The Football Association is looking to reduce the number of step five leagues (which includes the UCL premier Division) from 14 to 12 and the move would split the existing league in two as teams are allocated to other leagues.

Blackstones would join an Eastern Division with games across East Anglia.

Joint Stones boss Jarvis described the move as “ridiculous”.

He said: “Players do not want to travel to places as far as Great Yarmouth just for a game of football.

“There are so many other options and I am hopeful that the UCL league will not fold.”

Club secretary Ian McGillivary said: “We are not happy about the proposal.

“It would mean extra travelling and extra costs to the club. We cannot understand why they have chosen the UCL.”

League secretary Jeremy Biggs confirmed that the plan is under discussion and that most teams are against the move.

He said: “It is too early to say if it will go ahead. If it does, it would start in 2013-14.

“The early indications are that the majority of the clubs are against these proposals.”

Desborough 4 Deeping Rangers 1

RANGERS were destroyed by bottom side Desborough in one of the biggest upsets of the UCL season.

A debut goal from Alex Beck was the only bright spot for Tuncay Korkmaz’ side on Saturday.

Deeping were already three goals down by the time Beck found the net with a classy overhead kick in the 25th minute.

The former Boston Town hitman saw another effort cleared off the line but a fourth Desborough goal before the break left them in control.

And any lingering Deeping hopes of a revival were scuppered when defender Steve Julian was sent-off in the second period.

Former Posh player and ex-Spalding manager Richard Scott has made a playing comeback with Desborough.

The Northants club have also snapped up locally-based former Yaxley and Bourne keeper Aaron Bellairs.

Deeping: Doughty, Evans, Jackson, Tinkler, Julian, Weston, Brader (Holt), Burton-Jones, Beck, Heron (Ginty), Moreman (Gilbert). Unused: Korkmaz.