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Blackstones beat Wellingborough Whitworth in United Counties League Division One clash

A last minute own goal secured a dramatic United Counties League Division One victory for Blackstones in Saturday's trip to Wellingborough Whitworth.

Lee Clarke and Daniel French's side secured an epic 5-4 victory after being three goals ahead at one stage of the contest.

Matt Simpson had given them the lead which was doubled shortly after by Joe Moore-Papworth before Ben Cowles then added a third.

Matt Simpson gives Stones the lead. Photo: Martin Davies (20788603)
Matt Simpson gives Stones the lead. Photo: Martin Davies (20788603)

However, Whitworth struck three times without reply in the second half to level the contest going into the final 10 minutes.

Clarke put Blackstones back in front with five minutes remaining only for Whitworth to bag an 88th minute leveller.

There was still time for the home team to put through their own goal in the final minute to secure victory for Stones who remain second in the league table ahead of Saturday's home clash with leaders Long Buckby.

Stones started off full of attack and in a six-minute period put three goals in the home team’s net.

The first was on the quarter-hour mark as a Cowles corner from the right-hand-side was met powerfully by the head of Simpson who towered above the home defence to open the scoring.

De Sousa received the ball from Moore-Papworth three minutes later just inside the home half and accelerated towards the 18-yard box, cutting the ball back to Moore-Papworth who beat the keeper to double the score.

Cowles’ 21st minute corner from the left-hand-side then curled through the air over the keeper’s finger tips and in at the far post for a 3-0 interval lead.

The referee must have started the second half before Stones had got their heads out of the changing room.

The home team on the other hand seemed invigorated by their half-time rocket while Stones were unable to pick up from their first half performance.

Lee Clarke scores to make it 4-3. Photo: Martin Davies (20788599)
Lee Clarke scores to make it 4-3. Photo: Martin Davies (20788599)

Five minutes after the restart a flicked back header towards goalkeeper Aaron Bellairs was intercepted and a looping header by Jack Daldy ducked in under the crossbar.

With Stones unsettled Whitworth moved the ball quickly down the left and a low shot from outside the box by Soloman Paul found the corner of the visitors’ net.

Stones began to settle but 15 minutes later the home side were awarded a penalty for a push and duly drew level as Daldy converted.

Shaken, Stones began to string passes together and Martyn Fox, battling in the soggy centre circle, threaded a long pass to De Sousa on the left.

Once more he set off in the direction of goal, crossed a well-weighted ball across the six-yard box, where a diving Clarke beat the defence and the keeper to regain the lead.

This lead only lasted for eight minutes, however, as the home side once more drove down the left and found an unmarked Remy Brittain to level the score once more.

Jake Pell now pushed forward for Stones and seemed to re-energise team.

Josh Edmondson, with fresh legs, broke past the defender and hit a low hard pass into the six-yard box, towards a waiting Moore-Papworth, but the retreating defender in his attempt to prevent a goal was only able to knock the ball past his own keeper and restore Stones’ lead.

Stones: Bellairs, Easson, Bates, Pell, Simpson, Young, Cowles (Edmondson), Moore-Papworth, De Sousa (Morley), Clarke, Fox (Boome). Subs not used: Wilmer, Buttery.

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