If lack of commitment was an issue in Blackstones FC manager Nick Andersens departure, stand-in again manager and chairman Gary Peace may have felt the same foreboding when let down at the last minute by players and faced with picking a team from ten men.
It was just another piece of bad news for the club following the loss of star striker Adam Scotcher who has joined higher division Deeping Rangers.
The UCL Premier Division side beat Peterborough Sports and Huntingdon Town to the striker’s signature on Friday.
Scotcher has had a strong year with Stones and the UCL Division One’s leading scorer recently picked up the Chromasport goalscorer of the month award for September.
However at the end of the 90 minutes on Saturday Peace hailed the ten players who made the trip to Woodford United as heroes, despite the 2-1 loss. It was a horrendously wet and claggy pitch which made flowing play near impossible but the ten-men that took the field gave their all for the cause.
Woodford struck first on 32 minutes, but this was after both teams tested the respective keepers on several occasions. Stones keeper Tom Clayton pulling off a couple of top draw saves, and even after going one down he continued to deny the home team. On the 42 minute Stones levelled the game, Seb Hood heading past a floundering home team keeper from the second Alex Lyon corner in quick succession that Woodford failed to deal with.
The home team struck with what proved to be the winner on 73 minutes, a break down the right wing was fired across the goal, striking the advancing forward on the chest and into the goal.
Stones despite a man disadvantage continued to mount attacks on the Woodford goal, but despite numerous corners late on were not able to capitalise and make them count.
The club have confirmed that following Nick Anderson’s departure a great deal of interest has been shown in the position with interviews continuing to select his replacement.