Freak goal costs Blackstones in home draw
Blackstones drew 1-1 at home to Buckingham Town in the UCL Division One on Saturday.
It was a game of two halves, to coin the old football cliché, with the only common factor in the game being the wind.
Stones played the first half with the advantage of a strong tail wind.
However the opening score came from a muddled goalmouth scramble, and a well taken snapshot from Blackstones defender Matt Simpson that gave the hosts the lead after nine minutes.
Addie Staffieri had a one-on-one with the keeper only to by denied by an outstretched hand, and that was the first half.
Buckingham Town started the second half with all guns blazing and equalised three minutes from the restart with a speculative long range effort from Lukasz Filipiak that skewered in the air and bounced under the home keeper Mark King.
It was disappointing for the Stones stopper as he had pulled of several agile and reaction saves in the first half. At the death Stones nearly stole all three points but Staffieri’s late shot was too close to the visiting goalkeeper.
Both teams did their best but in the conditions it was the wind that ruled the day.
Thirteenth place Stones travel to eighth place Irchester United on Saturday 13, kick-off 3pm.
Blackstones: Mark King, Adam Sparks (Carl Griffiths), Matt Simpson, Calum Parker, Matt Porter, Jacob Smitheringale, Jordan Avis (Dan Evans), Sam Strange, Addie Staffieri, Scott Ginty, Matt Cook (Ben Porter). Subs unused: Nicky Buttler, Jones De Souza