Football: Deeping Rangers 2 Quorn FC 1

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Deeping Rangers carried their excellent form of late into this FA Vase first round tie against UCL Premier League rivals Quorn.

Rangers were able to welcome the return of Ashley Stevens to the fold after being released by Holbeach United and he had an excellent game, being a constant thorn in the side of a hard-working Quorn defence.

The first half hour proved fairly even as one would expect from two teams lying in the upper half of the league table. Rangers wide man Harry Deane saw a couple of long range efforts go close, before Burton-Jones shot just wide from close range.

Ex-Stamford man Tyrone Kirk was the danger man for the visitors, always looking to create from out wide. Indeed it was his through ball that released Kris Nurse for Quorn’s best chance of the first half, shooting just wide of Doughty’s goal when clean through.

Rangers have proved themselves to bea threat from set pieces so far this season, particularly from corners.

On the half hour mark Deane floated a superb corner into a crowded penalty area where Whalin was forced to make a good save before Simon Ashton netted the rebound to give the hosts the lead.

The remainder of the half saw Quorn under constant pressure, Whalin, a slightly unorthodox but entertaining keeper, having to be at his best to deny efforts from Nick Jackson and Alex Beck before the half time whistle sounded.

The second half was hardly a minute old before Nurse latched onto the ball, jinked past a couple of Rangers’ defenders, and slotted past a despairing Doughty to bring the visitors level. The team from Leicestershire were in determined mood and continued to push for a second goal, Doughty producing an excellent save from Nathan Watson just four minutes later. But as in their previous two games against St Ives and Spalding United, Rangers’ recovered and clawed their way back into the game. On fifty three minutes Alex Beck refused to be shrugged off the ball by a couple of Quorn defenders, before curling a close range shot past Whalin to restore the lead.

And despite the fact that Nurse hit a Deeping post on the hour mark, Rangers continued to dominate with Whalin making a superb save from Alex Beck, and then shortly after, being routed to the spot as a Chris Logan header sailed inches over his crossbar.

Honours are now even between these two sides. Rangers drew at Quorn on the opening day of the season, and lost at home in the league just a few weeks ago.