Blackstones 3 Irchester 0
BLACKSTONES are aiming to build on Saturday’s victory against Irchester with another three points at Lincoln Road tomorrow.
Ahead of the match against Thrapston, Stones joint boss Michael Goode said: “We will target three points from this game.
“After that we have a difficult tie away against Newport Pagnell and then the ‘big game’ on Boxing Day at home to Deeping.”
Stones enjoyed a comfortable victory against Irchester on Saturday, going two ahead before half-time despite missing several first team regulars.
Andy Buckle played only his second game and Under 18 Declan Carr made his first team debut and both impressed.
Aaron Greene set the ball rolling direct from a corner after half an hour and Jacob Smitheringale set up Adam Scotcher, who has been prolific since his return to the fold, to double the lead.
Ben Easson sealed the win on the hour, firing a penalty in off the underside of the bar following a foul on Scotcher.
The result leaves Blackstones fifth although Goode admitted their lofty position may be misleading.
He said: “We have gone through a bad patch and are still fifth but we will inevitably drop when other teams play their games in hand.
“But it’s always better to have the points in the bag.”
With Danny Barker, Michael Nelson, Steve Burns and Billy Oliver all among players expected to be available for tomorrow’s game, Stones’ form gives Goode and his management partner Darren Jarvis enviable selection problems for the next few games.
Blackstones: Lee Crockett, Tim Quy, Andy Ellis (Michael Goode), Matt Porter, Luke Hunnings, Jacob Smitheringale, Andy Buckle, Andy Boome. Adam Scotcher (Matty Cox), Ben Easson (Declan Carr), Aaron Greene.
l BLACKSTONES Reserves drew 1-1 at Wellingborough Town Reserves with Chris McRoyal on the scoresheet for the Stamford side.