No excuses for Blackstones after cup loss to Bourne

Blackstones FC v St Ives. Match action.'Photo: MSMP131012-034ow
Blackstones FC v St Ives. Match action.'Photo: MSMP131012-034ow
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Blackstones crashed out of the Lincs Cup on Wednesday night on the wrong end of a 3-0 result against lower league opposition Bourne.

Two Stones players were sent off near the end and several others were issued yellow cards.

However both the Blackstones and Bourne managers agreed the reds were harsh decisions and did not reflect the actual game.

And Blackstones joint manager Darren Jarvis said the dismissals had nothing to do with the result - Bourne fully deserved it.

It came on the back of a loss at the weekend against St Ives in the league, however Jarvis says Stones put in a good performance at the weekend.

He said: “Wednesday’s game was not feisty, not an aggressive game and we want to make it very clear that it wasn’t the referee’s performance which was responsible for the result, Bourne deserved the victory.

“I’ve seen this referee have some fantastic games, but the straight red was never a straight red. Sam Strange didn’t even make contact with the player and a booking may have been understandable but a red, no.

“Then Luke Avis got a second yellow for diving. He’s not a cheat, he’s an honest player.”

Wakes manager Darren Munton agreed it wasn’t a dive and said he thought it was a penalty.

Jarvis said Blackstones worked hard, but the quality was not really there.

He felt the first half was fairly even but added: “In the second half we had lots of possession, but we couldn’t convert that into chances.”

Blackstones lost to St Ives 1-0 on Saturday but Jarvis says the performance was much better than Wednesday night and there were positives to take from it.

Jarvis said: “They scored in the last four or five minutes. We put in a really good performance, but they have four times the budget we do, but our players did extremely well and we were very encouraged by that.”

Stones now face Huntindon away, a fixture they feel they should get something from.

Strange and Avis will be available but their bans for being sent off will come into effect in the next few weeks and therefore add pressure to Blackstones’ selection choices.

Munton said: “It’s been tough for us this season, we’ve not had a lot of luck but on Wednesday we fully deserved the win. It was a typical local derby and full of incident but we played really well.”

Wakes took the lead in the first half thanks to a Dan Smith header from a John Currall corner and went in at half time in the lead.

In the second half the Wakes continued in good form, packing the midfield and sticking to their game plan.

Dan Smith scored from another Currall corner and then Seb Hood headed home from a Fernand Bass cross.

However, by then the man in the middle had dished out a number of yellow cards and then sent off Luke Avis for a second yellow and issued a straight red card to Sam Strange.

Munton said he felt sorry for both Stones players. “He booked one lad for diving and I said to my assistant that wasn’t a dive, it was a penalty.

“I’ve seen this referee before and he’s usually very good but on the night for some reason it went wrong.

“He was handing out yellows for no reason.

“But I won’t let that take away from our performance. The referee had no impact on the result.

“We played really well and deserved the win.”

Wakes face a difficult second round as they have drawn in-form Premier Division side Holbeach.

But first they will play Northampton Sileby Rangers at home on Saturday, October 20, and then Eynesbury Rovers away on Tuesday, October 23.

Blackstones: Lee Crockett, Josh Russell, Ben Porter, Matt Porter, Luke Hunnings (Sam Bettinson), Mark Hackett, Andy Buckle, Luke Avis, Liam Buttery (Sam Strange), Addie Staffieri, Danny Barker.

Bourne: Aaron Bellairs, Kevin Elger, Tom Cardall, Dan Mason (Glenn Spearink), Dan Smith, Aaron Jesson, Mike Feeley (Seb Hood), Ben Easson, Tom Caldicott, Fernand Bass, John Currall (James Allen).