Wellingborough Town 3 Blackstones 0
BLACKSTONES were beaten for the first time in nine league outings by a resurgent Wellingborough Town on Saturday.
The Northants side had put on an impressive run of their own and something had to give when two red-hot teams clashed.
Both sides went into this fixture on the back of five successive victories but Stones were missing several key players including star striker Addie Staffieri.
Wellingborough opened the scoring five minutes before half-time and added two goals midway through the second half, as the Stamford side pushed for an equaliser.
But joint boss Darren Jarvis was far from unhappy despite the end of a superb Stones run.
He said: “I think we were two fairly even sides but Wellingborough took their chances.
“We created chances but lacked a cutting edge.
“The right team won the game but I don’t think they were three goals better than us.
“We played good football but it didn’t happen for us in the final third and there is certainly no disgrace in losing to another team on a terrific run. I would be surprised if they are not in the top six at the end of the season.”
Stones gave a debut to former Yaxley striker Lewis Leckie as a substitute. He has joined from St Ives.
Stones visit Cogenhoe tomorrow and Jarvis added: “It is always a tough game there but we will go there hoping to take something from the game.
“We will have Staffieri back, which is a boost.
“I think it will allow us to return to a more natural shape.”
Blackstones: Duggan, Oliver, Ellis, M. Porter, Hunnings (Goode), Boome (Leckie), Burton-Jones, Burns, Pearce, Holmes, B. Porter. Unused: Davies.
l Stones’ next home game is against Northampton Spencer on February 12.
They then face a trip to top side St Neots, who are currently unbeaten.
On February 22, Blackstones host Boston Town in the semi-final of the Lincolnshire FA Senior Cup. The winners will play at Lincoln City’s ground in the final.
l IT will be a case of top versus bottom when Blackstones Reserves take on Bourne Town Reserves at Lincoln Road tomorrow.
Stones are six points clear in the UCL Reserves First Division and Jarvis said: “If they have aspirations of winning the league, it’s a match they must win.
“There are a number of reserve players who are knocking on the first team door.”