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Stones head off to Boston on a roll

Blackstones striker Addie Staffieri takes on the Shepshed Dynamo defence         Photo: MSMP101112-032ow

Blackstones striker Addie Staffieri takes on the Shepshed Dynamo defence Photo: MSMP101112-032ow

The early season gloom is lifting at Lincoln Road where Blackstones won their third back-to-back victory on Saturday, beating Shepshed Dynamo 5-3.

This evening Stones travel to play Boston Town and three points on the road would lift the Stamford side another place up the United Counties League Table.

Tom Davies, Robbie Pearce, Michael Nelson and Daniels loanees Joe Hopewell and Michael Jacklin scored for Stones to make it a hat-trick of wins on the back of victories against Holbeach United and Desborough.

Joint boss Darren Jarvis said: “The lads’ attitude was spot-on. Shepshed have a big budget but we were full value for the points.

“There will be good days and bad days but that’s three wins on the bounce now and think that is important for us.

“Michael and I never doubted the players but it’s nice to get the points to prove it.”

Dynamo were the sharper side early on and took a 17th minute lead when Rob Mulonga’s deep cross was steered home at full stretch by Ryan Perkins.

It didn’t take Stones long to level however. Five minutes after going behind, Ben Porter’s shot rebounded off the foot of the post for Robbie Pearce to chip the ball over the stranded Scott Low.

But the first half was packed with goals and Kieran Davies put them back in front with a low shot into the bottom corner on 32 minutes.

The visitors were two goals clear when Davies scored from the penalty spot after Tom Davies fouled Mulonga in the box.

Blackstones reduced the deficit on 41 minutes when a penalty was awarded at the other end. Rob McCormick fouled Addie Staffieri whose spot kick was turned around the post for a corner. But Jacklin scored from the resulting corner and Stones fightback was on.

Two minutes later Low was left standing as Joe Hopewell’s volley flew in to leave the teams all square at the break.

Two minutes into the second period, Davies firing into the roof of the net from a Staffieri’s cross and Stones were ahead for the first time.

Lee Crockett twice got the better of Steve Chaplin as Shepshed fought to draw level, and Davies cracked a shot against Stones crossbar during a good spell of pressure from the visitors. But Stones sealed the points when substitute Michael Nelson was unmarked and able to convert Ben Porter’s free kick ten minutes from time.

Jacklin, who was available due to being cup-tied for Stamford’s FA Trophy tie, now returns to the Daniels but Hopewell is expected to stay on at Blackstones.

Jarvis added: “We are very grateful to Grahgam Drury and Stamford. We were desperately short of midfielders going into Saturday’s game.”

Tonight’s game kicks off at 7.45pm. On Saturday, Blackstones face Kempston, who are just above Blackstones and Boston in the UCL Premier Division table.

Blackstones (v Shepshed): Lee Crockett, Sam Bettinson, Andrew Boome, Tom Davies, Joe Hopewell, Luke Hunnings, Michael Jacklin, Robert Pearce, Ben Porter, Matt Porter, Addie Staffieri. Subs: Michael Goode, Michael Nelson.

 

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