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Blackstones go into their final game of the season this weekend buoyed by a derby victory over Bourne Town on Easter Monday.

Stones ran out 2-0 winners in the United Counties League Division One match which attracted a crowd of more than 300 to the JJ Mac Stadium.

Although the victory isn't enough to prevent Stones from finishing in the bottom three of the division, unofficial predictions for next season suggest that the Stamford side could be reprieved from relegation to step seven of the non-league pyramid.

Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183693)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183693)

Teams who finish third-from-bottom look unlikely to be relegated while the fate of those one place below could be decided on a points-per-game basis.

Second-from-bottom Stones' points haul would be enough if that was the case but they can still leapfrog Graham Street Prims if they finish with a victory on Saturday and the Derbyshire side fail to win at Harrowby.

However, Stones have a tough task in their last game as they entertain second-placed Hinckley AFC who have already hit the 100-point mark for the season.

Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183729)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183729)

The visitors are bringing a full coach of travelling support to the Torney Limited Stadium in their final league match before the play-offs.

They will face a Stones side who produced an excellent effort in Monday's win as they bounced back from the 1-0 weekend defeat at Gedling to the delight of manager Lloyd Burton.

He said: "It was fantastic from the lads.

Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183732)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183732)

"We turned up with fantastic attitude, commitment and determination.

"We had it all to play for with Bourne still determined to win a local derby in front of more than 300 spectators.

"Full credit to both sets of supporters and it shows that the clubs and leagues need these games.

Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183734)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183734)

"We started and finished well with discipline. After losing on Saturday, we all wanted to prove to ourselves we can fight back and get a result.

"I was over the moon and so pleased that we gave the Blackstones fans three points in a great local derby."

After a frantic start which saw Bourne goalkeeper John Swales make a top drawer save against his former club, Stones took a 15th minute lead when Josh Edmondson tapped home after a scramble in the box.

Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183736)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183736)

The Wakes were then reduced to 10 men after 26 minutes when Jake Van Der Drift was red-carded after an altercation between both sets of players following a tackle.

Swales made another fine save to prevent Stones from increasing their lead, however, they did double their advantage just past the half-hour mark with Scott Waumsley tucking home a tidy finish.

Bourne continued to battle for the cause with Danny Miller working hard as a lone frontman for the 10-man hosts.

Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183753)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183753)

A niggly second period saw Tom Edwards mark his introduction by twice going close with efforts that produced an excellent double save from Stones keeper Simon Dalton as the Stamford side secured a vital victory.

The defeat ended a Bank Holiday of mixed fortunes for the Wakes who were 3-1 winners on Saturday in their Division One trip to Lutterworth Athletic.

Miller, Taylor Gray and Tom Palmer were on target for Bourne who end their season on Saturday with a trip to face Barrow Town.

Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183755)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183755)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183757)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183757)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183759)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183759)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183761)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183761)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183697)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183697)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183770)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183770)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183775)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183775)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183780)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183780)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183782)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183782)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183784)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183784)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183786)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183786)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183788)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183788)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183790)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183790)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183792)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183792)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183706)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183706)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183794)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183794)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183796)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183796)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183798)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183798)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183800)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183800)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183806)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183806)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183711)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183711)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183715)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183715)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183717)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183717)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183721)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183721)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183725)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183725)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183727)
Derby day action from Bourne Town's match with Blackstones. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56183727)


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