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Blackstones up third place in Division One of the United Counties League after a 6-1 away success at Lutterworth Athletic

Joint Blackstones boss Lee Clarke hailed a ‘professional and efficient performance’ from his side who capped a superb week with a 6-1 victory at Lutterworth Athletic on Tuesday night.

It was a seventh successive United Counties League Division One victory for Clarke and co-boss Daniel French’s charges.

They are now up to third spot in the table after a goal-den run which has seen them score 36 goals in eight league games this season.

Lee Clarke scored twice for Stones on Tuesday night. (19026953)
Lee Clarke scored twice for Stones on Tuesday night. (19026953)

Clarke said: “It’s been a really good week for us.

“Tuesday had a potential to be a banana skin after a long midweek trip to face a side at the bottom of the league, but it was comfortable performance.

“Aaron Bellairs made a massive save in the first 10 minutes when they came out of the traps which could have made the game different.

“But, after that, the result was never really in doubt. The quality of our output was probably only at 50 per cent but we were always comfortable.

“They are a very young side, but we were always a gear above them and, once we got the first goal, it looked to be game over.

“We didn’t hit the heights of the previous weeks, but it was a professional and efficient performance.”

Aaron Bellairs made a vital early save. (19026956)
Aaron Bellairs made a vital early save. (19026956)

Two goals in as many first half minutes put Stones in control of the contest as Ben Cowles gave them the lead on the half-hour mark which Clarke doubled shortly after.

An own goal from the hosts on the hour extended Stones’ advantage until Lutterworth pulled a goal back with 15 minutes remaining.

This sparked a rousing finish from Stones as Jack Bates blasted home their fourth goal with 10 minutes left.

Clarke then claimed his second of the night in the final minute before Joe Moore-Papworth sealed the success in injury-time.

They now travel to face a resurgent Whittlesey Athletic on Saturday before hosting Saffron Dynamo at the ALH Recruitment Stadium on Wednesday night.

Whittlesey have won their last two league games and will host a Stones side which features several former Athletic players, including Bates, Jake Pell, Rikki Wilmer, Jack Fryett and joint manager French.

Ben Cowles fired Stones into the lead. (19026958)
Ben Cowles fired Stones into the lead. (19026958)

Clarke continued: “Winning becomes a habit and all our victories have been deserved so far this season, but we’ve got to keep it going.

“It’s a strange league this season in that three or four teams have only lost one game so far while the likes of Melton and Bugbrooke will come strong with their games in hand.

“We need to keep winning to keep pace with them and be doing our part to hang in there, but we know it will be a tough game at Whittlesey on Saturday.

“It’s a hard place to go, but hopefully having so many of our players going back to their old club will give us an added incentive and we approach the game with the right attitude.”

Harry Peasgood – who has missed the last two games with a groin injury – is doubtful while Liam Buttery is also sidelined but Ben Easson was back in the Stones squad on Tuesday night.

Stones: Bellairs, Bates, Wilmer, Pell, Simpson, Boome, Moore-Papworth, Cowles, Clarke, De Sousa, Fox. Subs used: Edmondson, Morley, Young. Not used: Easson, Fryett.

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