TUNCAY Korkmaz’s Deeping Rangers just love playing in cup competitions this season with two more, back-to-back wins this week.
After an excellent FA Cup run earlier in the season, Rangers set more club records this week, reaching the third round of the FA Vase for the first time ever.
Rangers beat Cogenhoe 4-1 in Saturday’s Vase clash at Outgang Road and they followed that with a victory by the scoreline against Eynesbury Rovers in the first round of the UCL League Cup on Tuesday evening.
“We are doing really well in cup games,” said Korkmaz. “Cogenhoe are a decent side so we did well to come from behind against them.
“It was bit different on Tuesday when we were three up at half-time.”
Rangers face Northern League side Newcastle Benfield in the third round of the FA Vase on December 3 when Korkmaz will be forced to reshuffle his side.
“We are pleased with the progress but the next round could not come at a worse time. We have three players suspended, one cup-tied and two injured.”
Matt Evans, Spencer Tinkler, Josh Moreman and Chris Logan will be among the absentees and the first three were all involved in Saturday’s win.
Rangers had to come from behind after the visitors took an eighth minute lead through centre half Robbie Bushell who scored from a free kick.
Cogenhoe were in charge for much the first half, denying Deeping any attempts on goal.
Two early substitutions in the second half, Fenton on for Julian and Moreman for Gilbert, turned the game and despite the visitors having an effort cleared off the line on the hour mark, the rest of the game became one way traffic.
First Dave Burton-Jones stabbed home the leveller and then Josh Moreman produced a fine individual effort to put the home side ahead.
The only real concern for Rangers in the second half was visibility. Thick fog began to descend on Outgang Road and the Cogenhoe dugout called for the officials to abandon the game.
But despite the fact that it was difficult to see from one side of the pitch to the other, play continued and Deeping added two further goals.
Matt Heron converted on 76 minutes and after an almighty scramble in the visitors goalmouth, Mark Jones added the fourth.
On Tuesday Deeping brought an end to Eynesbury’s long winning run with a 4-1 win at Hall Road.
Scott Ginty made a dream start for Rangers scoring in the first minute of his debut but was taken off injured after just a quarter of an hour.
David Burton-Jones added Rangers’ second four minutes before the interval and Moreman adding number three two minutes later.
When Mark Jones made it four in the first minute of the second half Rangers were home and dry.
Shane Fox scored an Eynesbury consolation 15 minutes from time.
Rangers face Long Buckby in the next round but before Rangers return to cup action they have two league ties with a trip to Kempston tomorrow and tough match away at King’s Lynn on Tuesday evening.
Rangers (v Cogenhoe): Doughty, Evans, Jackson, Tinkler, Julian (Fenton), Weston, Jones, Burton-Jones, Gilbert (Moreman), Heron (Cox), Brader. Sub not used: Korkmaz.
Man of the Match: Kevin Brader. Attendance: 105.
Rangers (v Eynesbury): Doughty, Evans (Gilbert), Jackson, Tinkler, Fenton, Weston, Brader, Burton-Jones, Ginty (Jones), Cox, Moreman (Heron).