Positive signs for Stones and Wakes

Gary Peace of GP Services won the raffle to be Blackstones first team shirt sponsor for 2012-13
Gary Peace of GP Services won the raffle to be Blackstones first team shirt sponsor for 2012-13
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Blackstones 2 Bourne 1

GOALS from Declan Carr and Luke Avis secured Blackstones a 2-1 victory against Bourne in a friendly at Lincoln Road on Wednesday evening.

Craig Rook pulled one back for the Wakes with a cracking strike from the edge of the Stones box early in the second half before both sides made a string of substitutions to try out new set-ups.

Stones began with joint boss Michael Goode patrolling defence at centre back and with former Bourne man Adi Staffieri up front. Bourne had Tom Caldicott, who had scored three in two previous outings, up front, often as a lone striker.

There were few chances early on for either side. Bourne’s best first half opportunity came when Jake Mason just failed to meet Rook’s cross midway through the half.

Soon after a Bourne’s defence gifted Stones the lead. Poor communication in defence handed the ball to Carr, who had replaced the injured Staffieri, and he had the simplest of jobs to slide the ball home past Rhys Evans who was caught stranded in no-man’s land.

Three minutes before the break, the Stamford side doubled their lead, when Avis struck a dropping ball sweetly on the volley into the top right hand corner of Evans’ goal.

Bourne came out strongly after the interval and Rook reduced the arrears within two minutes with a fine strike from outside the box.

Caldicott had a great chance to level after a ball over the top left him with just the keeper to beat, but the Bourne man’s fluffed his lines, allowing Lee Crockett to collect the ball without making a save.

Carr and Robbie Pearce were lively for Stones and Avis, Nickey Young and Danny Barker, were all positive going forward while Alex Brockbank came on and gave Bourne greater options as the Wakes ended strongly.

l BLACKSTONES drew their previous friendly, against Bethnall Green, 0-0 on Saturday.

They face local rivals Stamford AFC at Lincoln Road tomorrow.

l BLACKSTONES’ first team shirt sponsor will be G P services, owned by reserve team manager Gary Peace.

The firm won a raffle entered by 25 businesses and individuals to become first team kit sponsor for the coming season.

l DEEPING Rangers take on Lincoln United in a pre-season game at Outgang Road tomorrow afternoon.

Boss Tuncay Korkmaz said this week that he has no plans to bring in an immediate replacement for departed skipper Adam Weston.

Weston has joined UCL rivals Peterborough Northern Star and Korkmaz said Steve Julian will be his new skipper.

l BOURNE boss Darren Munton was pleased with his players performance at Blackstones after a disappointing 6-1 defeat to Peterborough Sports on Monday. The Wakes also drew 2-2 with Peterborough Northern Star during a busy five days.

After Monday’s defeat Munton said: “They were a fantastic side, full of ex-UCL players but we were just not at the races. I am hoping that it was a blip. Otherwise pre-season has been good.”

The club also have to find an new assistant manager after the departure of Phil Jarman, who had been alongside Munton in the first team dugout ’for the last two seasons.

Munton said: “He will be a big miss for the club. He did a lot of work behind the scenes and we bounced off each other well.”

The Wakes’ hectic schedule continues at home against Heckington tomorrow (3pm) and against Whittlesey at the Abbey Lawn on Tuesday evening.