Raunds Town 0 Blackstones 2
Tuesday, 29 January 2008
Stones returned to winning ways with a comfortable victory at Kiln Park.
The visitors started brightly with a long range Richard Jones effort forcing Shopmates keeper Phil Turner to tip over and they took the lead with eight minutes played, Kevin Ainslie's crss from the left picking out Liam Harrold to head home.
Ricky Chambers was narrowly wide from the edge of the box as Raunds replied but Stones looked the more dangerous side with Dan Cotton curling a shot narrowly over the bar.
Blackstones doubled their lead after 28 minutes when Phil Stebbing intercepted a wayward pass and strode forward to shoot low under the keeper.
Cotton burst between two defenders to shoot wide while at the other end Ian Flavell was well placed to collect a Dane Ridgway free kick.
Stebbing and substitute Andy Boome went close to extending the lead early in the second half while a great run by Stebbing created a chance for Harrold who blazed over with just Turner to beat.
Raunds: Phil Turner, Matthew Woods, Jamie Russell, Scott Manning, David Coales, Lee Howard (Joe Moriarty), Dane Ridgway, Ricky Chambers, Danny Frid, Marcus Wharton (Josh Davis), James Willmott (Tom Scarrett).
Blackstones: Ian Flavell, Robbie Blowers, Trevor Smith (Danny Hussey), Paul Sheehan, Richard Jones, Ross Watson, Dan Cotton (Andy Boome), Steve Kuhne (Luke Kennedy), Liam Harrold, Phil Stebbing, Kevin Ainslie.