Blackstones continue to sink towards relegation

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Blackstones have given themselves a lifeline in their battle to avoid the relegation zone in the UCL Premier One with a 2-0 win over Lutterworth Athletic.

Blackstones’ luck appears to have changed as on Tuesday night the side were 2-0 up after 12 minutes thanks to an own goal by the visiting centre back, who headed the ball past his own keeper, and a penalty for Adam Scotcher after a handball appeal.

The win was their first in the last 13 league matches.

However, after the good start, it was a strong defensive performance that saw out the result for the home side.

Blackstones manager Gary Peace said: “They never looked like scoring. Our keeper barely had a shot to save.

“The difference was our players wanted it more on Wednesday which is good to see. The whole team really worked hard. Everyone was superb.”

Peace added: “We knew it was going to be a tough season. Not being able to put out our strongest side week in week out has been our problem.

“On Saturday we took 12 players to Northampton Spencer and we had 12 unavailable.”

Blackstones went on to lose at Spencer 2-0.

However, Peace was busy signing new players over the weekend to help his side in the run-in, adding five new faces before the UCL transfer deadline day.

Peace has brought in centre back Ryan Johnson who was released by Peterborough United along with Harrowby centre half Billy Stubbs and left back Lewis Weston.

In midfield he has brought in Christian Anderson from Harrowby, Boston United centre midfielder Corey Newman and Jacob Pease.

Anderson and Weston played in the win on Tuesday .

Peace said: “We have five games left. I think we are going to need a couple more wins.

“But we have a stronger squad now and I expect to win two or three before we are done.

“Saturday will be the difficult one because Olney Town are the in form team in the UCL Division One.”