FOOTBALL: Stones boss vows to bounce back

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BLACKSTONES joint boss Darren Jarvis has vowed his team will put Wednesday evening’s hammering at the hands of Long Buckby behind them when the two sides meet again on the final day of the season.

Title-chasing Buckby stunned Stones, winning 11-1 at Lincoln Road on an evening the Stamford side would like to forget. Unfortunately Blackstones only remaining match this season is away against their midweek conquerors on April 28.

“The players will have something to prove,” said Jarvis. “We are bitterly disappointed but we are not 10 goals worse than Long Buckby.

“At the end of the day it states the obvious but they were outstanding and we were dreadful.”

Riled by comments on social networking sites that suggest Stones failed to make any effort, Jarvis countered: “To think we would roll over is insulting. Anybody who knows us as footballers would know we always put in 110 per cent.

“The most frustrating thing is that it was not through lack of effort. It was purely down to how good Long Buckby were and us being naive. They put in probably the best United Counties League performance that I have ever seen.”

The defeat was Stones’ fifth in six games with the only reprieve a victory at second-bottom Irchester.

“We are really disappointed by how the second half of the season has gone,” added Jarvis. “We have struggled to get momentum and have hardly taken points off any in the top seven. We need to move forward now and start building towards next season but will try to get something from the final game.”

Buckby, who moved to within three points of leaders King’s Lynn with a game in hand, took just three minutes to take the lead with Greg Ling’s low drive into the corner from 25 yards.

The lead was doubled after ten minutes when Russ Dunkley teed up Fazel Koriya for a close range shot which squirmed under keeper Jody Vincent.

A solo effort from Simon Mowbray brought Stones back to 2-1 after 13 minutes but that was as good as it got for Stones.

Koriya restored Buckby’s two goal lead on 22 minutes and with ten minutes remaining in the first half Dunkley headed in a Josh Davis corner. A minute before the break Dunkley and Koriya combined to set up Dan Quigley whose low shot went in off the post.

Buckby made it six after 47 minutes when Vincent spilled Greg Ling’s free kick and Dunkley followed up to slam the loose ball into the net.

Koriya completed his hat-trick for number seven and Davis made it eight on 55 minutes, beating three defenders before slotting home.

Stuart Smeathers joined the spree just past the hour and within a minute Ling’s cross shot took the tally into double figures. Ling completed his hat-trick after 67 minutes with a 30 yard strike.

Stones: Jody Vincent, Tim Quy (Max Avory), Danny Barker, Matt Porter, Luke Hunnings, Steve Burns (Jacob Smitheringale), Luke Avis (Liam Buttery), Billy Oliver, Michael Nelson, Simon Mowbray, Robbie Pearce.