Late Mastin wonder goal earns Stones victory
For a team that last season could not knock the skin off a rice pudding, Stewarts & Lloyds Corby came to Stones on Saturday having only lost once this season and sit in second place in the UCL Division One.
However Blackstones earned perhaps this best win of the season so far at Lincoln Road, condemning the visitors to their second loss of the season, 3-2.
S&L Corby made the task even harder when they took the lead after 28 minutes with a headed goal from a corner, the home team’s appeals that keeper Lee Crockett was impeded fell on deaf ears.
Stones drew level on 38 minutes when Dan Evans converted from the spot after Jones De Sousa was brought down. With their tails up Stones pressed and Evans went close but his shot struck the post.
It was the visitors who were able to regain the lead three minutes before half time with a well taken free-kick.
Stones pushed on in the second half but were unable to find a goal. Then, with another defeat staring them in the face and time running out, two inspired substitutions took the points for Stones.
Rhys Ford, on for Evans, squared it at 2-2 on 85 minutes when he headed home a De Sousa cross and, with two minutes remaining, Steve Mastin, on for Nicky Butler, scored the home winner with a 20 yard wonder goal.
Blackstones FC: Lee Crockett, Adam Sparks, Matt Simpson, Scott Ginty, Jacob Smitheringale, Jack Salt (Antonio Dello Russo), Jones De Sousa, Nicky Butler (Steve Mastin), Addie Staffieri, Dan Evans (Rhys Ford), Jordan Avis.