LINCOLN Road Stamford has never been a happy hunting ground for United. From their last three visits they have picked up two points out of nine.
Without last season’s top goal scorers Will Briscoe and Johnathan Crockett, United were looking to new-signing Tom Lorraine and Liam Hynes to fire them to victory.
Lorraine duly obliged in the 11th minute when he turned Hunnings and fired underneath Blackstones’ keeper Crockett to give United a deserved lead.
Lorraine could have made it two, only to see his effort go agonisingly wide of the post. Ian Waldock blasted over from distance and Liam Hynes shot wide of the mark moments later.
United were looking good for their lead and Blackstones had barely had a shot on goal until awarded a free-kick 20 yards out. Ben Porter stepped up and lifted the ball over the wall and into the net to bring Blackstones into the game on the stroke of half-time.
Blackstones started the better in the second-half but never really troubled United’s goal until United centre-back Knight turned and fell onto the ball and the referee awarded Blackstones a penalty.
Nelson sent Farrow the wrong way to give Blackstones a 51st minute lead. United seemed shell shocked by this and this allowed Avis to cut in from the right four minutes later unmarked to head the ball past Farrow.
United re-grouped but could not finish off the chances they created and Blackstones came away with all three points.
United travelled to S&L Corby on Tuesday and then embark on this year’s FA Cup when they entertain Bardon Hill Sports in the Extra Preliminary Round.