Jelleyman will boost Stones for tough tests

Gareth Jelleyman goes up for a header against Lutterworth on Saturday.
Gareth Jelleyman goes up for a header against Lutterworth on Saturday.
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Boss Andy Lodge believes the signing of former 
Peterborough United player Gareth Jelleyman can help turn Blackstones into a real force ahead of a massive month for the United Counties League club.

Jelleyman made his Blackstones bow at the weekend and is now set to feature in a series of crunch clashes for the Division One table-toppers.

The 36-year-old made a handful of appearances for Blackstones last season, but has been out of the game recently while concentrating on studying for a degree.

However, the former Wales Under 21 international now has time to commit to Lodge’s revolution at the ALH Recruitment Stadium.

Lodge said: “It’s a massive signing for us. He’s too good for this level, but he’s got good friends here. It’s a good club which is local to him and he wants to play for us.

“It’s perfect for a manager having someone like him around. It gives you a reassurance and we’re both looking forward to it. I’m confident he can help us become a real force.”

Jelleyman made more than 100 appearances for Posh before having spells with Boston United, Mansfield Town, Rushden & Diamonds, Barrow, Telford, Stamford and Corby.

He is set to be part of the Blackstones squad which starts a tough run of fixtures at home to eighth-placed Olney on Saturday.

This is followed by a trip to second-placed Raunds on October 14 with a visit to fourth-placed Buckingham scheduled for October 21.

After a League KO Cup clash with Premier Division side Peterborough Northern Star on Wednesday, October 25, table-topping Stones complete the month with a home match against unbeaten Potton.

Lodge added: “We play a lot of the title favourites so it is a big month for us.

“It’s a really tough month which will be a test for us. I know we are good enough, but it’s if we can be consistent enough against the top sides.

“People say we are there to be shot at now we’re top, but I’d rather be there than anywhere else.

“We want to finish as high as we can so we’ll just have to see how far it takes us. We have a good side and can be in with a massive chance of winning it.”