Blackstones boss has a sense of deja-vu

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Blackstones’s draw at Yaxley on Saturday left the Stamford side’s manager,Dave Stratton, with a feeling that he had seen it all before.

His side’s 3-3 draw bore uncanny similarities to their draw at home to Kempston a week earlier with Stones slow to start but creating enough chances in the second half to have taken more than a point.

Blackstones pulled back from 1-0 down and then 3-1 down with Sam Strange, Tom Davies and Andy Beech on target.

“We were poor in the first half and could have been four down at half-time,” said Stratton.

“In the second half, we started playing football. The lads responded and we could have won by the end.

“At the end of the day I’m happy with a point away from home but it could have been more.”

Top scorer Addie Staffieri was guilty of couple of missed opportunities but Stratton said: “He has done really well recently and on another day would have scored a hat-trick.”

The Stones boss had highlighted set pieces as Yaxley’s weakness in his pre-match talk and wasn’t amused when his own side fell behind to a set piece in the first half.

Strange levelled before half-time, rounding off a well-worked more down the right wing but Stones conceded two sloppy goals after the break before restoring parity midway through the second half.

Stratton’s research paid off as Davies headed in from a corner. Beech then secured Stones a point, scoring on a counter attack.

Stones now have a run of games against three of the top six, beginning with the visit of Huntingdon Town - unbeaten in 13 games - on Saturday. They then face St Ives and Deeping Rangers over the Easter weekend.

Blackstones (v Yaxley): Lee Crockett, Ben Easson, Tom Davies, James Curran, Matt porter, Chris Down,Andy Boomeh, Tom Stocks, Sam Strange, Addie Staffieri, Andy Beech. Subs: Jerome Chambers, Jake Van Der Drift, Dan Hotchkiss, Jordan McLeod, Billy Oliver.