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Saturday 10 September 2011

Blackstones FC 5 Kimberley Town FC 2


Well I've been to Stamford quite few times over the years but never visited Blackstones FC, so when the draw for the FA Vase was made and Central Midlands Club Kimberley Town were drawn away to them and a kind offer of a lift by Kimberley Town's Grahame & Pat Critchley came my way, then there was no way I was going to turn this down.

Pat and Grahame picked me up at 10am and we headed off to the Stag Ground, where I ate my breakfast whilst watching the Rugby, whilst the players had a short training session on the pitch before having a pasta lunch.

We then headed to Stamford and found Blackstones Ground very easy amongst a housing estate and I spoke to the club Sec and then to a Committee Member who as telling about the hard work they have recently had to do to keep the club afloat with their main sponsor of 14 years having gone bankrurpt. The club had held a mega raffle and had done very well and I hope this continues for them for the future.

The game kicked off in a swirling wind and to everyones surprise, it was a wind assisted fluke goal that gave Kimberley Town the lead after "The Stones" had possibly had the better of the first few exchanges. The home side kept to their plan and kept attacking but a mixture of poor finishing and a couple of good saves by the away keeper and you may well have thought there may just be a shock on the cards here, but fairytales are hard to write and eventually Blackstones scored twice very quickly to turn things around and to lead. I actually thought at this stage that Kimberley may well just collapse, but to their credit, they fought back and a superb individual goal made things level, but just on half time, lack of concentration, saw a quick free kick and the away side left asleep as the Homesters marched back in front.

The Second Half and Kimberley had the advantage of the wind behind their backs, but instead of being direct and having a few shots at the home goal, they seemed to want to play attractive football, on 70 minutes a attack broke down and a quick break saw Blackstones from 2 levels higher in the Pyramid go 4-2 up and within a minute make it 5-2.

Kimberley Town can be proud of their FA Vase efforts and I wish Blackstones FC well in the next round away at Holwell Sports.

A few things I must say about Blackstones, a lovely committee, from Chairman, Secretary, tea lady who also sells bits and bobs from behind the refreshments bar, where I bought the UCFL Review 2011 Book for only £2, which if you have never seen, is well worth a read. The Programme is £1 and is a good effort and a good read.

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