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Deeping Rangers defeat Melton Town in the United Counties League Premier Division North




Manager Daniel French felt his Deeping Rangers side had produced their most complete performance of the season as they defeated Melton Town on Saturday.

Will Bird's solitary strike settled the United Counties League Premier Division North match at the Haydon Whitham Stadium after a dominant display by the Clarets.

They created the better openings throughout the match while keeping a Melton side at bay that featured former Nottingham Forest player Paul Anderson who has returned to his home-town club.

Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982448)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982448)

French said: "We played well across the whole 90 minutes and it was probably our most complete performance of the season.

"We could have scored a couple of goals in the first half but arguably the most pleasing thing was that we didn't concede like we had the last couple of weeks.

"We were strong defensively and were still in the game at half-time despite not scoring.

Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982475)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982475)

"We were really good in the second half as our decision-making in the final third improved and it was a deserved win.

"We worked hard to stop them playing while carrying an attacking threat which was really pleasing."

Rangers were good value for their victory which keeps them in the top half of the table as they also hit the post twice before Bird's second half winner.

Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982500)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982500)

They were boosted by the return from suspension of centre-half Luke Hunnings as the Clarets looked for a return to winning ways after defeat at Heather St Johns last weekend.

Melton made the brighter start but it was Deeping who had the best chance to break the deadlock as Bird missed with just visiting goalkeeper Will Harrison to beat.

Jake Showler then had an effort disallowed for a foul on Harrison before the returning Luke Hunnings rattled the crossbar 10 minutes before half-time.

Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982447)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982447)

Bird came close at the start of the second half when his goalbound shot was blocked before Jake Brown rattled the upright with a well-struck effort.

Rangers' reward finally arrived through when Bird swooped to net a fine header to secure victory for the Clarets.

They now turn their attentions to the start of their FA Vase campaign this weekend with a home tie against Holwell Sports before returning to league action on Tuesday, September 14, when Leicester Nirvana are the visitors to the Haydon Whitham Stadium.

Deeping: Swan, Flack, Smith, Burton-Jones, Hunnings, Coulson, Cowles (Bloodworth), Brown, Bird (Steele), Wilson, Showler (Walton). Subs: Carter, Palmer.

Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982446)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982446)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982445)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982445)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982444)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982444)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982443)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982443)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982442)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982442)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982441)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982441)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982499)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982499)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982482)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982482)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982481)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982481)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982480)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982480)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982479)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982479)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982478)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982478)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982477)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982477)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982476)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 winners over Melton Town on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (50982476)


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