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Blackstones appoint Lloyd Burton as their new first team manager with Jan Czarnecki as his assistant

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New Blackstones boss Lloyd Burton is hoping to bring some continuity to the United Counties League club after being named as their third manager of the season.

Burton and assistant Jan Czarnecki took over at the helm at the Torney Limited Stadium this week following previous spells by Alfie Tate and Ryan Hunnings this term.

Burton was with Stones at the start of last season as assistant to manager Mark Baines before joining Peterborough Northern Star.

Lloyd Burton. (53331750)
Lloyd Burton. (53331750)

He was with the United Counties League Premier Division South club this season along with former Oundle Town boss Czarnecki until Northern Star's recent withdrawal from the league.

That prompted Blackstones chairman Gary Peace to contact Burton about an immediate return to management.

He explained: "It has been a total rollercoaster.

"When we finished with Peterborough Northern Star, Gary was straight on the phone which made me think about the role when people want you like that.

"The volunteers and commitment from the committee as a club is fantastic and I wanted to keep in football so hopefully we can push on because the club has gone out of their way for us.

"We need some continuity, which is the most important thing. We'll get a bit of a routine going and I think we will be alright."

Burton and Czarnecki enjoyed a successful spell with Yaxley Reserves before joining forces again at Northern Star.

Czarnecki had taken a season out of the game previously after leaving Oundle and his influence will have a big impact in the management duo.

Burton added: "If I didn't have Jan with me as my assistant then it might have been a different story.

Max Peverell (53331764)
Max Peverell (53331764)

"Jan had a year off before this season and has come back fresh while I feel like I've been through the mill a bit.

"It gives us that energy and what Jan does in the background is so important."

The duo take over a Blackstones side that are currently second-from-bottom of the Division One table.

They have already started strengthening their playing ranks with six players making the move from Northern Star.

Goalkeeper Max Peverell - who is dual registered with Stamford AFC - has switched along with former Stones player Bradlee Page.

They have been followed by ex-Pinchbeck and Oakham attacker Scott Waumsley, Ben Robinson, Josh Pike and Jack Wilson as Burton and Czarnecki look to revive the fortunes of the club.

Burton added: "The first few weeks are a bit of a minefield until you get to know everybody because we have to get out of it.

"It's going to be a battle because it is all about getting results rather than trying to play pretty football.

"But the commitment was fantastic at training on Wednesday night. We're halfway through the season and the 20 games that have gone before are now done.

Bradlee Page. (53331813)
Bradlee Page. (53331813)

"Once we get a win or two under our belts then it will help things to run along because confidence is massive in football."

Their first game in the Stones dug-out will be next weekend (December 4) when they entertain West Bridgford.

The Stamford side are without a game this weekend following the club's decision to concede their scheduled Lincolnshire Senior Trophy tie after initially being reinstated in the competition.

They had been due to travel to Northern Counties East League Division One high-flyers Brigg Town this weekend for a quarter-final clash.

However, Stones have withdrawn from a competition that saw them reinstated after losing 5-0 in the first round at home to Holbeach who were removed for playing an ineligible player.

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