Staffieri hits hat-trick as Blackstones hit Olney for six

Adi Staffieri about to score for Blackstones in their win over Woodford. Photo: Martin Davies EMN-160302-124005001

Adi Staffieri about to score for Blackstones in their win over Woodford. Photo: Martin Davies EMN-160302-124005001

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Brilliant Blackstones played some of their best football of the season on Saturday to thrash Olney Town 6-1 at Lincoln Road.

Despite being four places below eighth placed Olney in the UCL Division One, Blackstones were far too good for the visitors at the weekend, showing why they have lost just one game in their last 11.

It took Stones just a matter of minutes to open the scoring through Matt Cook. Addie Staffieri broke down the left before finding the unmarked Cook who finished well.

Olney went close to replying through Christian Smail, beating home keeper Mark King in a chase for a through ball, but the danger was snubbed out by the covering defence.

After Staffieri blazed a shot across the face of goal Olney levelled the score with Craig Ralph heading in a Sam Parrish free kick after 18 minutes.

In a highly entertaining period both sides attacked furiously and both goalkeepers were called into action, Blackstones’ King to keep out Smail and Olney’s James Tammaro was forced to kick clear.

But Tammaro had no chance to save Staffieri’s curling shot into the top corner just before the half hour mark after he was released by Ben Porter.

Blackstones wasted little time in extending their lead after the break with Staffieri hitting his second of the match just two minutes into the second stanza. The Stamford club’s top scorer beat two defenders before shooting into the bottom corner.

Three minutes later and Matt Cook made it 4-1 when he was played one-on-one with Tammaro thanks to a nice pass from Zack Fisher, who could have scored moments before. Cook finished the chance confidently.

There were still goals in the game and after Staffieri put a shot wide, defender Matt Simpson, finding himself high up the pitch was in the right spot when the ball was cleared to him from a cross and he beat the Nurseymen stopper with a great curling shot which went in off the crossbar.

Olney never gave up and King had to make a pair of sharp saves late on. But with a minute to play Staffieri completed a well deserved hat-trick, substitute Jones De Sousa played him in and the striker rounded the goalkeeper to score into an empty net.

Next up for Blackstones is a trip to second from bottom Bugbrooke St Michaels on Saturday.

Blackstones: Mark King, Jacob Smitheringale, Matt Simpson, Calum Parker, Matt Porter, Nicky Butler (Carl Griffiths), Matt Cook (Jones De Sousa), Scott Ginty, Addie Staffieri, Zack Fisher, Ben Porter (Liam Buttery).

Olney: James Tammaro, Ben Snusher, Gary Thurston, Aidan McLean, Craig Ralph, Cameron Clark, Charlie Holman-Patey (Jason Ilunga), Sam Parrish, Christian Smail, Danny Webb, Josh Sturniolo (Steve Kuhne).