Rushden & Higham 1 Blackstones 0

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Blackstones looked a much better side on Saturday in the UCL Division One match against Rushden and Higham.

However those first points still remain elusive as Rushden came out on top winning 1-0.

New manager Gary Peace, who replaced Dave Stratton last week, drafted in Tom Davies and Chris McRoyal for the match and also shuffled the team formation.

And in general Stones performed far better than of late, but despite controlling the game they lacked that killer punch.

Rushden took the lead in the 16th minute in their first real attack. They won a corner, played it short and the resulting cross found the Stones defence sleeping. From two yards Craig Harrower bundled the ball home.

The introduction of Buckle at half-time improved Stones’ attacking moves.

In the 60th minute a good run by Buckle found him with Stones’ best chance, but with an open goal he fired wide.

The Stamford outfit continued to push forward and should have levelled the score in the 78th minute from a corner. However, Hoskins’ header went over the bar.

In the final 10 minutes Rushden began to cause more problems as Stones struggled with injuries in the defence, but the home side wasted two great chances.

Blackstones: Facon, Bush, Davies (Fleming) Curran, Hattersley (Hoschkiss), Staffieri, Brown(Buckle), Boome, Arthur, McRoyal, Strange