Stratton enjoys a watching brief after taking Stones’ helm

Dave Stratton
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Blackstones’ new boss Dave Stratton saw his side in action for the first time on Wednesday.

The Stamford side lost 3-1 to big-spending United Counties League rivals Spalding but Stratton saw lots to encourage him at Lincoln Road.

“I thought we played well,” he said.

“We were a little unlucky and I don’t think we deserved to lose.

“I’m not one to moan about referees but a couple of decision went against us that on another day may have gone our way.

“There were a lot of positives from my point of view.”

Stratton was unveiled as Stones’ new manager on Wednesday, following the departure before Christmas of Darren Jarvis and Michael Goode.

The former Yaxley utility player will take full charge of his side on Saturday when Long Buckby are due to visit Lincoln Road.

It will be the first managerial role for Stratton who played for more than a decade at Yaxley and also spent spells at March and in the Peterborough and District League’s Premier Division.

Stratton added: “I have been out for a while but have got my appetite back and this opportunity came at the right time.

“I have played there lots of times and know the facilities.

“If possible I would like us to play a nice passing game but we are half-way through the season and the first aim is to pick up five wins so we can then build towards next year.”

Stratton, who has also captained Yaxley Cricket Club, is bringing in Ron Beech as his assistant.

“He’s somebody that I know well and he has a lot of knowledge in the game,” said Stones’ new manager.

Tomorrow’s game kicks off at 3pm. Blackstones then travel to play Royston in the Hinchingbrooke Cup on Tuesday evening.