Frustrating loss for Rangers

Long Buckby 2 Deeping Rgrs 1

RANGERS tasted defeat for the first time this season, losing 2-1 at the hands of a team expect to challenge for glory.

A Tony Battersby penalty hauled Deeping level when he coolly converted his first goal for the club after a David Burton-Jones strike had been handled. But Buckby sealed a fourth-straight victory in stoppage time at the end of the opening period.

Rangers had the best of the opening 10 minutes with some clever play between the Rangers forwards and several half chances created. But then the rain came and it was so heavy that it made it difficult for players to control the ball.

The conditions seemed to help Buckby, who scored against the run of play in the 27th minute. The ball fell at the feet of the unmarked Koriya who scored with a speculative shot from distance.

Rangers levelled in the 37th minute with Battersby’s spot kick, awarded when the ball struck a defenders arm.

In time added on at the end of the half, Buckby went ahead when Allen glanced a header into Rangers’ net. Ryan Oliver, Battersby, Josh Moreman and Matt Heron all found the Buckby resilient with Stephanou called on just once to make a good save at the feet of Burton-Jones. At the other end Doughty performed heroics.

Deeping face Belper in the FA Cup tomorrow.