Deeping Rangers may be glad to have a run of away fixtures looming after slipping to their second consecutive home defeat on Saturday.
Rangers lost 2-1 to Stewarts and Lloyds Corby, who moved three points further from dangers thanks to goals from David Sheridan and Jamie O’Neil.
Despite their low position in the UCL Premier Division table, hovering above Harborough, Wellingborough Town and the seemingly-doomed Irchester United, S&L took the game to Rangers with some hard and fast football at the start.
However, for all the visitors’ bluster, Deeping created the better opportunities throughout the opening spell. A good move combining Alex Beck and Scott Ginty saw the later fluff his final shot tamely past the goal early on, and the same pair played some clever football around the edge of the penalty area to set up Lewis Stone whose shot sailed just wide of the post.
Rangers skipper Steve Julian then headed a Stone corner just over the bar but still S&L continued to work to a game plan and moved the ball out of danger as Deeping’s defensive demons, which were on show with opening goal against St Ives a week earlier, returned to haunt the Rangers’ defence. Last Saturday Rangers’ conceded their first goal in a 3-1 defeat through a mix-up between goalkeeper James Doughty and one of his defenders. On this occasion, Julian was forced to pass the ball back to Doughty who fumbled it and allowed Sheridan, to nip through and score.
The goal gave the visitors more confidence who went on to create several chances of their own with Nicky Young having the best but blazing over.
David Burton-Jones was instrumental to Rangers’ response. The midfielder, who scored against St Ives last week, was clattered by Mark Hackett just outside the Corby side’s penalty area, and Stone blasted the resultant free kick through the wall and past the outstretched arm of Allen into the goal to bring Rangers level.
The second half started in lively fashion with Rangers awarded another free kick in a similar position to which they had scored from but this time Stone’s effort was harmlessly off target.
S&L continued to press when they could and Sheridan had a shot well saved by Doughty but Rangers still created chances with Ginty unable to take advantage when the ball landed on his left foot when through on goal, and Stone looping an effort just over the bar.
By this stage Rangers had the visitors on the back foot but despite Burton-Jones, Stone, Beck and Ginty all combining well, they failed to get the second goal.
For lengthy periods, S&L left just the one man up front while packing the defence and midfield their tactics paid off when substitute O’Neill was fouled and then scored from the free-kick within seconds of coming on.
Rangers remain fifth in the table but may rue the loss of another three points at home with Newport Pagnell picking up points among the chasing pack close behind. Deeping now have five away games on the bounce, starting with a trip to bottom side Irchester on Tuesday evening.
Deeping Rangers: James Doughty, Spencer Tinkler, Nick Jackson, Simon Ashton, Steve Julian, Ciaran Holt, Liam Bull (Lawrence Lambley), David Burton-Jones, Alex Beck, Scott Ginty, Lewis Stone. Subs not used: Johnny Hands, Matt Evans.