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Reaction from Blackstones bosses Jon Harrison and Ryan Wood after their victory over Bourne Town in the United Counties League





Joint managers Jon Harrison and Ryan Wood hailed a 'monumental' effort from their Blackstones players after securing a maximum six-point haul over the Easter weekend.

Stones had kept their United Counties League Division One play-off hopes alive with excellent success at Birstall United on Saturday.

After falling behind to Ashley Jordan's opener, Josh Barrett got Stones back on level terms late in the first half before Nathan Rudman struck the winner shortly after the restart following the interval.

Action from Blackstones' victory over Bourne Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Blackstones' victory over Bourne Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Blackstones' victory over Bourne Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Blackstones' victory over Bourne Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes

Stones were then back in action 48 hours later where a Scott Waumsley double secured a memorable victory over newly-crowned league champions Bourne Town.

Harrison said: "We are immensely proud of the players.

"We went with broken bodies to Birstall and it was a hard slog because we had to come from behind and grind out the win.

"We then came to Bourne who hadn't played on Saturday so everything was in their favour.

"The lads gave us what can only be described as a monumental effort and we have done so well to get six points from the two games."

A superb crowd of more than 800 had turned out to watch the derby duel where Waumsley's first half double settled the contest.

Action from Blackstones' victory over Bourne Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Blackstones' victory over Bourne Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Blackstones' victory over Bourne Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Blackstones' victory over Bourne Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes

It also ended back-to-back derby defeats for Stones against Bourne who had won 4-0 and 2-0 in the last two meetings.

Harrison added: "We like our sides to learn from things and the lads caved in the last couple of games against Bourne in front of big crowds.

"We went there this time without our captain but, once the lads settled into it, they did really well.

"We showed such heart and Scott has produced two great finishes to win the game."

The clean sheet also means Stones have conceded just eight goals since the turn of the year which keeps them on the cusp of the play-off places.

They are also just three points away from equalling last season's total tally with three matches of the season remaining.

Action from Blackstones' victory over Bourne Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Blackstones' victory over Bourne Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Blackstones' victory over Bourne Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Blackstones' victory over Bourne Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Blackstones' victory over Bourne Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes
Action from Blackstones' victory over Bourne Town. Photo: Chris Lowndes

Co-boss Wood added: "The defence has been the catalyst for everything we have done recently and to concede so few goals since Christmas has been incredible.

"The lads are all together and have a real bond. We're just taking it a game at a time now and the Hinchingbrooke Cup final next month keeps us interested in the season by playing for the shirts.

"We didn't think we had a chance at Christmas of improving our points total from last season but this shows how much we have come alive and done well.

"The aim, as it stands, is to finish higher than last year and with a bigger points total and we have got the opportunity to do that because of the players' hard work since Christmas."

Stones' Hinchingbrooke Cup final clash against March Town will take place on Wednesday, May 8, at Yaxley.



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