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Torney Health, Safety and Environmental Consultants (part of 7formation) to take ground naming rights at Blackstones for 2020/21 United Counties League season




Blackstones have landed a new ground sponsorship deal for next season.

Torney Health, Safety and Environmental Consultants (part of 7formation) have agreed a deal with the United Counties League Division One club for the 2020/21 campaign.

They will take over from ALH Recruitment who have had the ground naming rights for the past three seasons.

Blackstones went down to a 3-2 home defeat against Aylestone Park on Saturday. Photo: Martin Davies (26810053)
Blackstones went down to a 3-2 home defeat against Aylestone Park on Saturday. Photo: Martin Davies (26810053)

A club statement said: “It is again a great pleasure that the club have secured another local business to sponsor the ground after having a great past relationship with ALH Recruitment.”

Steve Rowell, chairman of 7formation, commented: “The team here at 7formation are extremely pleased to offer our support to Blackstones FC in this way.

“Most of the guys here have been involved with local football and it is great to be able to offer our support to grass roots football.

“Due to its history we feel it is only right that Lincoln Road remains the ground name.

“With that in mind the ground will be called the Lincoln Road Stadium . . . sponsored by Torney Health, Safety and Environmental Consultants (part of 7formation trading group).

“We look forward to a long and rewarding association with Blackstones FC.”

Blackstones went down to a 3-2 home defeat against Aylestone Park on Saturday. Photo: Martin Davies (26810055)
Blackstones went down to a 3-2 home defeat against Aylestone Park on Saturday. Photo: Martin Davies (26810055)

Stones’ United Counties League Division One derby at Bourne Town – which was postponed on Tuesday night – has been rearranged for Tuesday, January 28.

They travel to Irchester United on Saturday before hosting Rushden & Higham next Wednesday (January 22) in a rearranged match following the abandonment of their November meeting which was called off at half-time due to fog with Stones leading 3-0.

Saturday’s trip to Alfred Street will see Stones seeking to complete a Division One double after a 4-2 home success in the October meeting between the two sides.

Lee Clarke and Daniel French’s side will also be targeting a return to winning ways after back-to-back defeats which has seen them drop to fifth place in the table.

They were beaten 3-2 at home by Aylestone Park on Saturday despite having taken advantage of the windy conditions to lead 2-0 at the break.

Clarke said: “We were 2-0 up at half-time and had the chances to increase that, but we knew it wouldn’t be enough in those conditions.

Blackstones went down to a 3-2 home defeat against Aylestone Park on Saturday. Photo: Martin Davies (26810065)
Blackstones went down to a 3-2 home defeat against Aylestone Park on Saturday. Photo: Martin Davies (26810065)

“We had played really well in the first half, but then gave the ball away straight from kick-off after the break. It put us on the back foot and set the tone for the rest of the half.

“They pulled a goal back quite early on and then it was just about big moments. We missed a great chance at 2-2 and they then hit us with a winner.

“It was about controlling our own destiny and we failed to do that.

“Every game we have lost in the league this season – including those against Aylestone, Bugbrooke, Long Buckby, Melton and Harrowby – has been by just one goal.

“There have been big moments in every game where we have either not taking our chances or switched off at important times.

“I don’t know if it’s a psychological or mentality thing, but we need to turn it back around in our favour. We need to turn the corner.

Blackstones went down to a 3-2 home defeat against Aylestone Park on Saturday. Photo: Martin Davies (26810072)
Blackstones went down to a 3-2 home defeat against Aylestone Park on Saturday. Photo: Martin Davies (26810072)

“Apart from Aylestone and Melton, all the other teams around us dropped points on Saturday. We now need to make sure we’re doing our jobs so we’re ready to capitalise when it happens again.

“Irchester are very similar to us in that they’re among the cluster of teams in the division who have got a foot in both camps.

“It will be a tough place to go and it hasn’t happened for us in the last couple of games so we will have to dig in and win the battle first and then hopefully our footballing side will help us come out on top.”

Stones will be boosted by the return of goalkeeper Aaron Bellairs who has been away for the last three games.


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