Stones lose close game

Blackstones v Olney Town. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-140704-112320001
Blackstones v Olney Town. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-140704-112320001

After the jubilance of their win last week Blackstones were quickly reminded they are in a relegation dogfight when they went down 2-1 at home to Olney on Saturday.

Stones launched into this game with new belief and vigour. They were first to most balls and pushed the visitors back into their own half with a hard press.

Probing runs from Kieran Arthur and Declan Carr worried the defence and it was rewarded in the 35 minute when a cross from Arthur was met sweetly by Carr and fired into the net.

The first half continued to the same script but with the visitors vocal in their frustrations and committing late and rash challenges, penalised with freekicks but no cautions.

Stones seemed to slow in the second half which gave the visitors a toehold.

The equaliser came when too much space was given to their striker and in the 56th minute the scores were even.

As the game meandered toward a draw it was the visitors who seized on a lapse in marking to take the winner on 76 minutes.

Stones midfield seemed to revert to knocking long balls for Carr to chase but the visitors saw off any threat and killed the game until the final whistle.

With Bourne picking up two scoreless draws this week Blackstones are now just one point ahead of their local rivals who are in the final relegation spot having played the same number of games. More and more it is looking like the derby game on the last day of the season could decide it.

Stones’ next game is at away to St Neots Saints tomorrow, kick off 3pm.

Blackstones: John Swales, Tom Davies, Lewis Watson, Adam Scotcher, Billy Stubbs, Chris McRoyal, A Lyon, A Boome, Declan Carr, Dan Fountain (O Uglow), Kieran Arthur (Correy Newmwn). Subs unused James Curran, Christian Anderson.