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Deadlock for Deeping Rangers

Scott Coupland
Scott Coupland

Deeping Rangers were unable to maintain their 100 per cent record against Harborough Town as they shared the points in a game that lacked invention.

The game started in a heavy downpour with the home side setting the early pace.

Jezz Goldson-Williams did well down the right to cross to the far post for the arriving Fraser Sturgess who was beaten to the ball by defender Joel Konteh.

Goldson-Williams drove a shot from an acute angle that forced visiting keeper Glen Giles to react smartly to tip over.

The Bees started to find their feet as Harry May got the better of Tom Smith to whip in a cross that had Jack Cotton at full stretch to cut out, May’s corner was met by Ben Williams who headed wide and Joe Baldwin hit a skidder that home keeper Danny Bircham watched fly past the post.

Deeping’s best chances fell to Scott Coupland – he collected from Goldson-Williams and rounded Giles, only to see the ball cleared from the goalline by Williams.

Coupland was then sent free by Luke Avis’ pass to try a chip over the advancing Giles with the ball also beating the bar to find the top of the net.

Town’s Joe French crossed for May to leap and head off target while Smith exchanged passes with Coupland who could get his cross over.

It was the away side who started the better for the second half and Bircham produced a fine flying fingertip save to push away Barnes Gladman’s shot on the turn.

The game descended into defensive domination as both teams failed to create goalscoring opportunities.

Harborough had a series of corners as they pressurised the home side while at the other end Goldson-Williams sent a crossfield ball that found Sturgess who was in space but his cross was poor and was dealt with by Williams.

The Bees’ Jordan Crawford twisted on the edge of the box and shot to see the ball deflect off Luke Hunnings to loop over Bircham and the bar.

Sturgess’ clever flick released Smith who delivered for Scott Mooney to get a touch that was wide of the post, Smith was free to cross where Town’s Callum Milne headed into the path of Avis whose effort was straight at Giles.

A swift Bees break saw Crawford hit a crossfield ball to find Gladman who in turn released May to cross dangerously where Cotton was on hand to defend.

Rangers’ last opportunity came as David Burton-Jones thrust forward to release a ball towards Coupland except for the interception of Williams’ long leg.

A game to reflect the weather.

Deeping: Bircham, Flack, Smith, Burton-Jones, Cotton, Hunnings, Goldson-Williams (sub Kilbride 67 mins), Avis, Mooney, Coupland, Sturgess. Subs not used: Porter, Carter, Marsden.

Rangers will make the trip to bottom-of-the-table Huntingdon Town on Wednesday night.


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