Irchester United 1 Blackstones 3
Saturday, 18 August 2012
Stones made it a winning start to the campaign with this Alfred Street success.
Michael Nelson's fourth minute goal gave the visitors a great start, and home keeper Michael Freeman made a couple of decent saves.
When the home side replied they struck bar and post from distance.
Dan Turrickki's 36th minute own goal gave Stones their second, but within a minute Mitch Blande had put the Romans back in the game with a great strike from 30 yards.
Nelson's second goal three minutes before the interval sealed the win for Stones, the striker running from the half way line and beating two defenders before slotting home.
Irchester improved after the interval without looking likely to salvage the game.
Irchester: Michael Freeman, Ross Whitney (Lucan Burge), Jack Stevens (Stuart Abrahart), Dan Turickki, Chris Gell, Mitch Blande, Callum Ridgway, Martin Mitchell, Marcus Dowman, Josh Burge (Sam Walpole), Mapeo Mendes.
Blackstones: Lee Crockett, Matt Porter, Ben Porter, Luke Avis, Mark Hackett, Luke Hunnings, Nicki Young (Liam Buttery), Andy Boome (Tom Davies), Michael Nelson, Sam Bettinson, Robbie Pearce (Matt Simpson)