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Evans hits late penalty to earn Blackstones a place in the Lincs County Senior Trophy final

By John Evely

Blackstones v Oakham at Lincoln Road, Stamford. Football action EMN-151228-185826009
Blackstones v Oakham at Lincoln Road, Stamford. Football action EMN-151228-185826009

Blackstones performed a piece of local football giant killing last night to reach the final of the Lincs County Senior Trophy for the first time since 2011.

Stones came back from going a goal down at Lincoln Road to beat higher league Boston Town 2-1 on a freezing Wednesday night.

Both sides were short of match practice having had games postponed by the bad weather, in fact the semi-final was Stones first run out of the year and just Boston’s second.

Boston, who play one league higher in the UCL Premier Division, had already beaten high-flying Deeping Rangers on their way to the semi-final so were favourites to advance.

And it was the Poachers who started the better, taking the lead ten minutes before the break through Ryan Parnell.

However Sam Strange gave Blackstones a lifeline with a goal in the 75th minute.

Then, three minutes from the end or regular time, Boston centre back Michael Wood conceded a penalty and was sent off.

Dan Evans stepped up to the spot, with all the pressure on his shoulders, and made no mistake, scoring from 12 yards to take Blackstones into a final against either Winterton or Barton.

Blackstones journey to the final comes as some achievement considering the team was almost completely rebuilt this summer when manager Phil Gadsby came in.

They now turn their attention back the league where they host third place Potton United on Saturday, kick off 3pm.


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