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Eight goals and six points from Easter games for Stones

A ruthless second half performance ensured Blackstones banked a maximum six-point haul from their Easter programme with a 3-0 away success at Huntingdon Town on Monday.

After a goalless first half, Stones turned the screw when the hosts had Sam Adams sent off early in the second period to follow up Saturday’s 5-2 home victory over Holwell with another win.

Joint player-boss Lee Clarke collected another brace to take his goal tally for the season to 32 before Matt Simpson struck late on to leave Huntingdon facing a final game decider to avoid a bottom two finish.

Lee Clarke scores the second goal. (9026916)
Lee Clarke scores the second goal. (9026916)

Clarke said: “We didn’t really perform in the first half and they probably edged it, but we switched on for the second half and controlled the game.

“It was a really good team effort in the second half and we dominated all over the pitch. We scored three goals and it could have been more.

“We’re finishing the season well and we’re picking up points in different ways. It’s not just been about free-scoring which bodes well for next season.

“We were ruthless in the second half which is a good trait to have.”

Matt Simpson wraps up the win. (9026944)
Matt Simpson wraps up the win. (9026944)

The home team engineered a few chances in the opening period but were either wide of the mark or an acrobatic Aaron Bellairs denied them the goals they desperately needed as the half ended goalless.

Stones took the initiative after the break and, just before the hour mark, Ben Easson and Ben Cowles worked together on the right-hand-side and the latter supplied a cross to the far post where a loitering Clarke volleyed into the net.

Four minutes later Rikki Wilmer picked up on some sloppy passing in the centre circle and threaded the ball through to Cowles who centred for Clarke to double the lead.

The home team began to fragment and minutes before the final whistle conceded a free-kick just outside the box.

Josh Edmondson’s dead ball was placed perfectly for Simpson to charge forward and powerfully head into the goal and secure all three points.

Stones: Bellairs, Easson (Ellison), Wilmer, Pell, Simpson, Fox, Cowles (Morley), Moore-Papworth, Bates, Clarke, Edmondson. Subs not used: Westley, Andre, Buttery.

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