Sleaford Town 4 Deeping Rangers 2
DEEPING Rangers started the New Year with a short trip up the A15 to take on a resurgent Sleaford side and were again found lacking firepower in front of goal.
Deeping dominated the first half but found themselves 2-0 down at the break. They created enough chances to be in front but although the Sleaford keeper was kept busy he was never really tested.
Early in the game Liam Harrold beat the offside trap and left the home defenders chasing shadows but somehow he managed to slip on the wet playing surface with only the keeper to beat.
New Rangers signing Kevin Gilbert caused problems for the Sleaford defence with long piecing runs out wide before whipping the ball in from the wing but poor finishing let Deeping down.
Sleaford’s top scorer Jamie Shaw gave his side the lead following a mix up in the Rangers defence and former Rangers player Ben Brown doubled the lead before half time.
If Deeping could make an early breakthrough in the second half they may have pushed on to win the game but another former Rangers player struck first with a goal from Jamie McCormack extending the home side’s advantage.
This was the catalyst that sparked Rangers into life and shortly after Gilbert claimed his first goal in claret and blue to give the visitors some hope.
Four minutes later the game was over as a competition when Jamie Shaw rounded the Deeping keeper to score into an open net and take his tally for the season into double figures.
There was a consolation goal for Harrold when he chipped the Sleaford keeper but it was not enough to salvage a point in a very disappointing game for Rangers.
Deeping Rangers: Hodges, Smithingale, Lomas (Leisner), Jones, Korkmaz, Heron, Gilbert, Stevenson, Weston, Harrold, French.
l RANGERS boss Tuncay Korkmaz will hope for a return to form from Rangers, who had picked up form since his arrival in mid-autumn.
They face a trickey match at seventh-placed Irchester United tomorrow but follow that with games against sides near the bottom of the UCL.
On January 15, Rangers visit strugglers Desborough Town and then have back to back home games against Rothwell Corinthians and Raunds Town.