Blackstones 0 Peterborough NS 3
DARREN Jarvis says he was astonished by his side’s card tally during Blackstones’ defeat to league leaders Peterborough Northern Star on Saturday.
Star moved ten points clear at the top as they completed a double over Stones with a 3-0 victory at Lincoln Road. On the way to defeat, Stones picked up one red and seven yellow cards, and their joint manager was not impressed.
“Peter Smith definitely deserved his straight red but we had three or four booked for dissent which were never dissent,” said Jarvis.
“Some you couldn’t argue with but the referee lost control and his interpretation of dissent was astonishing.”
There was little between the sides before Star took the lead with a 27th minute penalty. Jon Stead converted from the spot for his 19th goal of the season following a handball by Danny Barker.
Avelino Vieira glanced a header wide and Addie Staffieri broke on the left only to be thwarted by Lee Crockett’s brave save.
Star doubled their advantage a minute into first half stoppage time, with Staffieri heading in Vieira’s cross.
Stones’ best chance of the game came early in the second half with a Barker centre from the left turned against the far post by Matt Cox at full stretch.
Staffieri sealed the visitors’ victory after 53 minutes, converting Jimmy Dean’s pass.
Ben Easson had the ball in the visiting net in stoppage time but was flagged offside.
Jarvis said: “PNS are a great side and there was not a lot in it in the first half but in the second half they were better than us.
“We felt the handball was unintentional. We felt Danny was pushed in the box and that we were hard done by.”
Blackstones: L Crockett, J Smitheringale (M Goode), A Ellis, M Porter, L Hunnings, S Burns, B Easson, D Barker, M Cox (P Smith), M Nelson, B Porter (A Buckle).
Blackstones 2 Kempston Rovers 1
STONES got back to winning ways by beating holders Kempston who fell at first hurdle in the Hinchingbrooke Cup.
Kempston took an early lead with a deflected shot from the edge of the area by Drew Phillips. But after that, Stones became dominant and enjoyed the bulk of the play.
Danny Barker had a shot cleared off the line and Blackstones skipper Matt Porter headed in from a corner but was adjudged to have pushed an opponent before Stones were back on terms.
Stones levelled after 61 minutes when a fiercely struck effort from substitute Adam Scotcher beat Conway at his near post.
Four minutes from time, Blackstones settled the tie when Ben Easson’s cross was turned into his own net by Walnut Boys defender Scott McGregor.
Joint boss Jarvis said: “It was good for confidence before we play Wellingborough. They are a little like us in that they started the season well but have slipped away.
“Adam Scotcher’s was a great goal, created by some great work from Michael Nelson.”
Blackstones travel to Wellingborough tomorrow and to Sleaford on Tuesday evening.
Blackstones: Lee Crockett, Jacob Smitheringale, Andy Ellis (Michael Goode), Matt Porter, Luke Hunnings, Steve Burns, Ben Easson, Billy Oliver, Matt Cox (Adam Scotcher), Michael Nelson, Danny Barker.