AN 82nd minute goal from David Burton-Jones secured Deeping Rangers their first win of the season yesterday.
Burton-Jones latched onto a loose ball and drove it low into the net to seal a 2-1 victory against Shepshed Dynamo in the United Counties League Premier Division.
The opening stages of the game were scrappy with heavy rain not helping either sides’ players but Rangers made greater early inroads with Alex Beck, Harry Deane and Spencer Tinkler all forcing Shepshed keeper Scott Low into making a string of excellent saves. Tinkler’s effort, a right foot volley from 20 yards, producing the best stop.
The visitors had brought a strong support with them, helping to create a good atmosphere at Outgang Road, but as the half drew to a close Dynamo’s Liam Fitzpatrick was lucky not see red after already receiving a yellow card, when he followed through on a Rangers’ player. The referee was happy to give a lengthy lecture to the player without producing a further card.
The half finished with chances for the home side but a combination of good goalkeeping and poor finishing meant that the opening 45 minutes ended goaless.
After enjoying the lion’s share of the first half, Rangers fell behind early in the second.
Shepshed mounted an attack down the left and slipped the ball past Rangers keeper James Doughty for defender Nick Jackson to bundle the ball into his own goal. It was a cruel blow but Rangers regrouped and on 56 minutes Chris Logan, always a danger at set pieces, rose to head home from a free kick.
Shepshed were never out of the picture with Fitzpatrick often causing havoc through the Rangers defence with his mazy runs while at the other end Michael Bryne got his foot on a dangerous crossfield ball in from Deane, but without enough purchase to put Rangers in front for the first time.
Finally Burton-Jones struck to secure a great result against a side that came down from higher level football at the end of last season.
Deeping: James Doughty, Lawrence Lambley, Nick Jackson, Chris Logan, Steve Julian, Simon Ashton, Harry Deane, David Burton-Jones, Michael Byrne (Dave Weston), Spencer Tinkler, Alex Beck.
Man of the Match: Logan.