Depeing Rangers comeback falls short in FA Vase exit

Deeing Rangers v Heanor Town Town in the FA Vase Third Round. Photo: John Evely EMN-140812-094431001
Deeing Rangers v Heanor Town Town in the FA Vase Third Round. Photo: John Evely EMN-140812-094431001
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Deeping Rangers gave everything in their FA Vase third round clash with Heanor Town - but that wasn’t quite enough to keep the dream alive as they went down 2-1 in extra-time.

A goal 52 seconds into extra-time left Deeping Rangers to reflect on what might have been.

Deeing Rangers v Heanor Town Town in the FA Vase Third Round. Photo: John Evely EMN-140812-094239001

Deeing Rangers v Heanor Town Town in the FA Vase Third Round. Photo: John Evely EMN-140812-094239001

They deserved better and probably would have come out on top in every statistic – apart from the only one which really counts after a brilliant second half effort.

Deeping manager Tuncay Korkmaz said: “Football is a funny game sometimes. To sum up I’d say the better side lost on the day.

“It took us 20 minutes to get into the game but we finished the first half stronger and then we took ownership all over the pitch.

“The second half was the best we’ve played for 45 minutes this season.

“We asked questions and created chances.

“But I have to give credit to the opposition as well. They played to their aerial strengths, particularly with the second goal.

“Our lads can take a lot of confidence from the way they played against a physical side if they carry on with the right habits.”

A slow start saw Rangers fall behind but after that they posed plenty of problems.

The equaliser came late but Heanor Town could have no complaints as Deeping had earned the chance to keep battling away.

However, despite a series of chances, it just wasn’t to be Deeping’s day in their third successive home tie.

The Lions of Derbyshire – pushing for promotion from the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Premier Division – knew they had been given a tough test.

Yet in the early exchanges it looked like it was going to be very comfortable.

The opening goal came on seven minutes when Kieran Wells smashed a 25-yard shot over keeper Daniel Bircham.

It was a rare moment when Wells was not caught offside as he found space behind Joe Braithwaite.

Deeping finally got going but they couldn’t create many clear-cut chances before half-time, although Spencer Tinkler nodded wide and Charlie Coulson forced a good save.

The second-half display was much better as Heanor number one Ian Deakin kept them in front.

When he was beaten on 70 minutes by Dan Flack, right-back Greg Marriott cleared off the line at the far post.

Braithwaite made amends for the misjudgement which led to the first goal when his far-post header made it 1-1 with just three minutes left – the defender scoring for the third successive game.

But at the start of extra-time Gary Ricketts headed home inside the six-yard box to restore Heanor’s lead.

Substitute Ben Lewis wasted a golden chance to get another equaliser inside the opening minute of the second period.

And with time running out Braithwaite fired wide from 10 yards.

He had been pushed up front with skipper David Burton-Jones in a last-gasp desperate bid to stay in the competition.

However, Deeping could not force a midweek replay as Heanor held on to remain on the long road to Wembley.

Rangers host Newport Pagnell Town in the UCL Premier Division on Saturday.

DEEPING RANGERS: 4-1-2-1-2: Bircham 7; Carter 7, Tinkler 7, Braithwaite 7, Smith 7; Burton-Jones 7; Flack 7, Avis 7 (sub Goldson-Williams 83 mins, 5); Coulson 8; Graham 7, Ward 6 (sub Lewis 75 mins, 5). Subs not used: Ginty, Thompson.

HEANOR TOWN: 4-4-2: Deakin; Marriott, Henshaw, Hawes, Shaw; Jones (sub Andrews 54 mins), Hall (sub Gregory 101 mins), Strzyzewski, Debrouwer; Wells, Ricketts. Subs not used: Naylor, Grantham, Baker.

REFEREE

Mark Chalkley.

ATTENDANCE

129.

Deeping manager Tuncay Korkmaz said: “Football is a funny game sometimes. To sum up I’d say the better side lost on the day.

“It took us 20 minutes to get into the game but we finished the first half stronger and then we took ownership all over the pitch.

“The second half was the best we’ve played for 45 minutes this season.

“We asked questions and created chances.

“But I have to give credit to the opposition as well. They played to their aerial strengths, particularly with the second goal.

“Our lads can take a lot of confidence from the way they played against a physical side if they carry on with the right habits.”