A bad weekend for Blackstones FC got worse this morning with the news that manager Nick Andersen has resigned.
Andersen has done wonders at the club since taking the reins over the summer but has lost patience with the commitment levels of some of the players in the squad.
Blackstones were forced to play outfield player Kieran Arthur between the sticks in Saturday’s 5-0 UCL Division One loss to Olney Town for lack of a goalkeeper.
Club chairman Gary Peace said: “It is not what we want. We have been very happy with Nick but he has decided to step down because he felt there was a commitment problem.
“I tried to persuade him to stay because I like the bloke and he is a good coach.
“I don’t think Saturday’s loss has anything to do with it. It has been brewing for the last few weeks. He has kept having players let him down at the last minute. It is difficult when you are not paying players to get them to commit, we pay their expenses but that is all we can afford to do.”
Peace will lead the team in a caretaker role until a new manager is found which he is hopeful will be done quickly as he has already had interest in the position.
However he doubts any appointment will be made in time for the away trip to Woodford United on Saturday.
Blackstones were unlucky on Saturday as they on the wrong end of a couple of key turning points in the match.
Firstly, league top-scorer Adam Scotcher had a penalty saved by Olney keeper Jack Taylor and then Stones conceded a spot kick at the other end of the field.
On 26 minutes Sam O’Neill converted from the spot to put the Nurserymen in front.
Eight minutes later Jamie Burrows doubled the visitor’s lead.
Facing a two goal deficit Blackstones then saw life get much harder when Eddy Zacarias was shown a red card. Zacarias took several blows to his back and head following a tackle with an Olney player and responded angrily, grabbing his opponent by the throat.
The referee was right to flash the red card but Peace and most of the fans inside Blackstones’ ground felt the Olney provocateur should have also been sent off instead of getting a yellow.
After the break Olney took advantage of their extra man and added another three goals.
First Burrows scored his second of the afternoon after 71 minutes before Stones’ Seb Hood unfortunately scored an own goal with nine minutes left to play.
Burrows’ completed his hat-trick a minute later to add injury to insult.
Despite the lost Blackstones are in 13th position in the UCL Division One.
Blackstones: Kieran Arthur, Owen Uglow, Lewis Watson, Eddy Zacarias, Seb Hood, Dom Poli, Eddy Pires (Victor Neto), Rob Dunn, Adam Scotcher, Declan Carr, Alex Lyon.
Olney: Jack Taylor, Matt Fraser (Jason Goldman), James Raby, Grant Burrows, James Pacifici, Christian Smail. Deanio Bailey-Browne (Danny Webb), Sam Marven, James Burrows, Darryl Smith (Khalil Zakkour), Sam O’Neill.