Kimberley Town 2
KIMBERLEY Town’s FA Vase campaign came to a halt at the first hurdle as they fell to a heavy defeat at the hands of Stamford side Blackstones.
The game kicked off in a swirling wind and indeed it was a wind-assisted goal which gave the Stags the lead through Anthony White.
The hosts had perhaps had the better of the opening exchanges and kept to their attacking mentality, but a mixture of poor finishing and some good saves from Kimberley keeper Simon Dye saw the visitors believing a surprise could have been on the cards.
But two quick goals suddenly turned the game around suddenly Blackstones were in front.
To Kimberley’s credit they fought back and a superb individual goal by Leon Aikman made things level, but just on half time, a lack of concentration by Callcott saw a quick free-kick and the away side left asleep as the home side marched back in front.
The second-half saw Kimberley have 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 more attractive football.
On 70 minutes a attack broke down and a quick break saw Blackstones, from two levels higher in the pyramid go 4-2 up, and within a minute they had made it 5-2 to wrap up the win.
Kimberley Town: Dye, Bartley, Davey, Higginbottom, Callcott, Hopewell, Aikman, Spencer, Jarrett, White, Lynch
Subs: Anderson, Edge, Havenhand.