Stones stun high-flying Holbeach for vital win

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Blackstones stunned Holbeach United at Lincoln Road on Wednesday evening with a 1-0 victory that went against the form book.

The Stamford side have struggled this season but picked up three points against one of the title-chasers with a freak goal from Jason Kilbride, whose inswinging corner deceived everyone and flew straight in.

Stones joint boss Darren Jarvis said: “It was a great result.

“The win away at Quorn was fantastic but to beat Holbeach is just a fulfilling.

“We have had games were a number of players have been off par but I have to give credit to the lads for last night. Our attitude throughout was A1.”

Stones set up to frustrate Holbeach, who had struck 41 goals in their previous 14 games and the clean sheet delighted the Stones management team.

“We knew they would come at us and we defended with bodies on the line and decided to play on the break,” said Jarvis.

“It was nice for Jason to score. He’d put in quality balls throughout the game.

“Jason and Ben Porter played exceptionally well but we were pleased with everyone.”

Stones, who play mid-table Desborough away tomorrow, have produced several of their best displays in a disappointing season against the top sides.

Jarvis added: We would like to believe that we prepare the same for every game but we do seem to do better against the top sides.”

He also confirmed that no player has left the side since Blackstones cut their playing budget last month.

“Michael, myself and the rest of the management are very grateful to the players,” he said.

Blackstones: Lee Crockett, Tom Davis, Ben porter, Matt Porter, Luke Hunnings, Mark Hackett, Jason Kilbride, andy Boome, Addie Staffieri (Sam Strange), Sam Bettinson, Robbie PEarce. Subs unused: Andy Buckle, Tom Stocks, Michael Goode.

Blackstones were beaten 2-1 at home by Quorn three days earlier.

Andy Boome had put Stones ahead in the first half but Kris Nurse and Nathan Watson scored for fourth-placed Quorn.

Blackstones reserves lost 2-1 away against Wellingborough Whitworth Reserves last Saturday with Sam Strange on target for Stones.

They host Peterborough NS Reserves tomorrow.

Deeping Rangers remain fifth in the United Counties League Premier Division despite a 1-0 defeat at home to Peterborough Northern Star on Tuesday evening.

Billy Smith’s spot kick, three minutes from time, was enough to seal the points for the city side.

On Saturday, Rangers recorded their ninth league victory of the season, beating Sleaford Town 2-0.

Chris Logan’s fourth minute free kick gave the visitors an early lead, which was kept intact by a James Doughty double save from Liam Tunstall.

Deeping doubled their advantage early in the second half when Matt Heron played in Alex Beck to round the goalkeeper and slot home.

Rangers assistant boss Simon Dethick has returned to the club’s reserves side, where he will take charge for a third time. He has stepped into the breach following the departure of Simon Benton.

Dethick said: “Simon sent me a long text last Friday saying he was going to quit. He agreed to look after things on Saturday and I thank him for that.”

Rangers Reserves lost 2-1 to Leverington in the Peterborough and district League’ top flight on Saturday.

They face third-placed Oakham United tomorrow.