Blackstones target trio of strugglers

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Wellingborough 2 Blackstones 1

Sleaford 1 Blackstones 2

BLACKSTONES are targeting nine points from their next four games in bid to regain momentum in their UCL campaign.

After a scintillating start to the season, in which Stones won five of their opening six games, their season has stuttered in recent weeks and Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Wellingborough Town was their third league loss on the bounce.

But Tuesday’s victory at Sleaford by the same scoreline gets the Lincoln Road side back on track before a trio of games that joint boss Michael Goode wants maximum points from.

“We will target three wins from the next four games,” said Goode.

“Three of our next four games are against sides in the bottom six and to break into the top eight and stay there we need to win these games.”

Tomorrow Blackstones host second-bottom Yaxley, who were beaten 5-0 by Deeping Rangers last weekend, and after a trickier tie against high- flying King’s Lynn at home on Wednesday, Stones travel to Northampton Spencer and Cogenhoe United in search of points.

The Stones boss said that Tuesdays victory against Sleaford Town, when Andy Boome and Danny Barker were on target, was crucial to get their season back on track, saying: “It was a really important win for us.”

Sleaford scored a late consolation but Stones could have scored more before the end.

Goode also felt his side were worth at least point despite losing at Wellingborough last weekend, when Adam Scotcher scored his second goal in two games. Dan Surridge scored in each half for the Doughboys.

With the score at 1-1, the player-boss was penalised for a disputed elbow and from the resulting free kick Wellingborough netted the winner despite Stones’ Steve Burns appearing to be fouled in the process.

“Inconsistency in refereeing has cost us two points,” said Goode. “We have had some harsh refereeing decisions in the last few weeks and we had another on Saturday.

“They were the better side in the first half and created the best opportunities but as the second half progressed it became more open.

“In the last five minutes we hit the post twice. We should have had a point,” said Goode who hopes to have Tim Quy and Michael Nelson back for tomorrow’s match against Yaxley.

Striker Robbie Pearce will have to wait another week for his return from injury but Ben Porter has played his last game for Stones after joining league leaders Peterborough Northern Star this week.

Blackstones (v Wellingborough Town): Lee Crockett, Jacob Smitheringale, Ben Porter, Matt Porter, Michael Goode (Chris Pippard), Steve Burns, Ben Easson, Elton Holmes (Andy Boome), Michael Nelson (Matt Cox), Adam Scotcher, Danny Barker.

l Kick off against Yaxley is at 3pm at Lincoln Road tomorrow, and at 7.45pm on Wednesday against King’s Lynn.