Rangers win but fade after a sprightly start

Matt Heron scores for Deeping Rangers
Matt Heron scores for Deeping Rangers

Deeping Rangers 3 Raunds Town 0

AN under-par Deeping Rangers were still strong enough to see off a Raunds Town side that had lost their previous seven games.

Rangers’ new strike partnership of Mark Jones and Liam Harrold proved too much for the visitors to handle, with Harrold scoring twice and Jones going close on a number of occasions.

Rangers played good football for the first 15 minutes, during which time they raced into a 2–0 lead. Harrold opened the scoring early on, followed by a thunderbolt from Matt Heron that nearly ripped the net from its fittings in the 12th minute.

Deeping then seemed to sit back just when it looked like they were going to have another goal fest. Rangers had scored 13 in two matches prior to last week’s defeat to Blackstones.

Heron did not start after the break, having taken a knock in the first half, and his place was taken by Jonny Hands, who is still returning to full fitness himself.

Harrold completed the scoring when he claimed his second of the night on the hour mark, taking his goal tally to eight in the last four games.

In the absence of boss Tuncay Korkmax, Brett Whaley took charge of Rangers and he said: “The conditions didn’t allow us to play great football but it was pleasing to see the lads grind out a result.

“We took our chances when they came along and keeping a clean sheet was a nice bonus as it is something we haven’t done often enough.”

Rangers: Lee Crockett, Kev Gilbert, Kev Ainslie, Kris Jones, Antony Thomas, Matt Heron Jonny Hands), Rob Hughes (Jacob Smitheringale), Mike Stevenson, Mark Jones, Liam Harrold (Sam Bettinson), Dan French. Subs not used: Ryan Lomas, James McDonough,

Match ball sponsor: Roy Robinson.

l RANGERS were outgunned by title challengers King’s Lynn, losing 2-0 on Tuesday evening.

Deeping now have four away games on the trot, starting with Northampton Spencer tomorrow. Kick off is at 3pm. The next home match is not until March 12 with the visit of Desborough.