Deeping victory marks Blackstones’ progress

Blackstones beat rivals Deeping Rangers 4-1 in their final game of the season
Blackstones beat rivals Deeping Rangers 4-1 in their final game of the season
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Blackstones 4 Deeping Rangers 1

BLACKSTONES joint-boss Darren Jarvis says his side’s victory against Deeping Rangers in their final match of the season underlines the progess made by the Stamford side this season.

“If there is a perfect way to end a season, it’s on a sunny day against rivals and making it three out of three victories against a club of the stature of Deeping Rangers.

“It has been a fantastic season. To win a cup and finish ninth is a tremendous achievement and it’s down to an all-round effort from everyone at the club. And it shows how far we have come this year.”

Jarvis said there would be no lengthy break for players with training resuming in May with the aim to build on this year’s success next season.

“I believe we have a squad that with a little fine-tuning and a few additions could establish itself as a top six side and reach a round or two further in competitions like the FA Vase.”

But with Ideal Shopfitters entering administration this month, the club is looking for new sponsors.

Jarvis said: “It’s terribly sad. It affects people’s lives.

“From the club’s perspective we are now looking for a major sponsor and individual sponsors.

“Potential sponsors should contact Kevin Boor or Tony Lawton at Blackstones FC.”

Stones’ better finishing proved key in Monday’s entertaining derby contest.

The home side started much the better with Robbie Pearce chipping against the bar after two minutes.

Blackstones took an 11th minute lead through David Burton-Jones who picked up a loose ball and looped his shot over goalkeeper Lee Crockett from just outside the box.

Crockett saved well from Addie Staffieri before Deeping came into the game with Matt Heron firing against the post and Mark Jones going close.

Deeping had a good spell towards the end of the second half and Dave Weston struck the crossbar as they pushed for a leveller.

At the start of the second half Heron headed over from a Michael Stevenson corner for Rangers before Stones extended their lead on 52 minutes. Ben Porter’s delivery from the left found Michael Nelson who controlled with his first touch before placing the ball perfectly out of Crockett’s reach inside the far post.

Stones were rampant now and a third goal arrived after 65 minutes with Ben Porter’s corner finding Burton-Jones whose far post header was blocked on the line only for Steve Burns to follow up to score.

Rangers replied after 68 minutes with Mark Jones winning a tussle with Luke Hunnings to slot home.

Five minutes later the three goal margin was restored by Pearce who curled his shot round Crockett from the right hand side of the box.

Kevin Gilbert had a header cleared off the line as Deeping sought a late consolation in vain.

Blackstones: Mick Duggan, Tim Quy (Tom Davies), Ben Porter, Matt Porter, Luke Hunnings, Steve Burns (Andy Boome), David Burton-Jones, Billy Oliver, Addie Staffieri, Michael Nelson (Danny Barker), Robbie Pearce.

Deeping: Lee Crockett, Jacob Smitheringale, Dave Wood (Ben Leisner), Kris Jones, Craig Norman, Matt Heron, Kevin Gilbert, Michael Stevenson, Mark Jones, Liam Harrold, Dave Weston (James McDonough).