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Deeping Rangers are beaten by Shepshed Dynamo in the United Counties League Premier Division




Deeping's hopes of shattering Shepshed's sensational start to the United Counties League campaign were dashed in the clash of two of the Premier Division titans at the Haydon Whitham Stadium on Saturday.

Former Stamford striker John King cracked the only goal of the game to defeat Deeping and ensure Dynamo's remarkable run continued.

The Leicestershire side have won all 10 of their Premier Division games so far this season and have yet to concede a goal in 900 minutes of league football.

Match action from Deeping's defeat against Shepshed. Photo: David Pearson (19180530)
Match action from Deeping's defeat against Shepshed. Photo: David Pearson (19180530)

The reversal was Rangers' third of the season and leaves them trailing table-topping Shepshed by 13 points after a frustrating afternoon for Clarets chief Michael Goode.

Goode felt his side's display was one of the best they had produced in the league this season, but admitted his charges just fell short in a couple of key areas.

He said: "It was very frustrating because I felt we were the better side.

"We've dominated possession, but there are three criticisms of the team.

"We didn't get tight enough for their goal after we had given the ball away when we were on the offensive.

"Secondly, when we dominate possession like that, we have to use it better in the last third.

"Finally, when we're in the 18-yard box, we've got to be more ruthless - whether that's dying to get the ball or taking our chances.

Match action from Deeping's defeat against Shepshed. Photo: David Pearson (19180555)
Match action from Deeping's defeat against Shepshed. Photo: David Pearson (19180555)

"We've had two great chances near the end - one with 15 minutes to go which, if we had scored, could have changed the game completely.

"I thought they had sunk right back and, if we had taken it, they would have found it hard to change their game and we would have been in the ascendency.

"There's lots of pleasing things to come out of it though because I think it's our best league performance of the season, but we've lost the game.

"We're a long way behind Shepshed and Loughborough in the table now and the shame is that, if you put that sort of performance in at home, it would normally warrant three points.

"It's a tough one to take because I thought we played well. The defence was excellent and Lewis Elsom in goal had a good game.

"The ball players and our goalscorers put a good shift in for the team, but we needed just a little bit more in terms of quality and being clinical in our passing and finishing.

"I don't mind losing 1-0 if it's one of those games where it's to and fro and there's nothing to choose between the teams, but I thought we were the better side.

"Shepshed are on an unbelievable run and I thought we were the team to break that if we had been clinical at both ends.

"The goal was a weak one to concede, but I thought the team had good balance and shape and seemed to pick up a lot of space.

"It's real fine margins in each of the aspects of defending, passing and scoring goals. We were not far away from doing all of those things - not just right but perfectly.

"The defence was excellent - bar that one episode, our possession play was decent - bar that final pass and our work around the box was OK apart from the very last bit."

Match action from Deeping's defeat against Shepshed. Photo: David Pearson (19180551)
Match action from Deeping's defeat against Shepshed. Photo: David Pearson (19180551)

Deeping began brightly with Luke Hunnings, Dan Banister and Scott Mooney all seeing efforts go narrowly wide of the Shepshed goal.

Jack Gurney peppered the Dynamo box with a series of fine deliveries from setpieces in the opening period but Deeping were unable to turn their dominance of possession into chances and goals.

Shepshed - who have been averaging three goals a game - also offered several attacking threats and Dan Jarvis did well to block a goalbound strike from Karl Whymark.

Mooney fizzed another effort just over the bar before Deeping were robbed of possession when they looked to attack again just past the half-hour mark.

Liam Hurst seized the initiative for Shepshed and his threaded pass was seized upon by King who burst into the box before unleashing a fierce strike into the roof of the Deeping net.

Banister had to get in another crucial block to deny King again shortly after before the home side had a decent shout for a penalty appeal turned down on the stroke of half-time when Mooney went down under a clumsy challenge.

Match action from Deeping's defeat against Shepshed. Photo: David Pearson (19180543)
Match action from Deeping's defeat against Shepshed. Photo: David Pearson (19180543)

The prolific Jordan Macleod - who had been superbly contained by the Shepshed rearguard - flashed an early effort in the second half wide of the far post before Elsom excelled with a smart stop to deny Harry Wakefield.

Tom Garrick twice sent shots wide before Deeping created their best two openings of the game in the final 15 minutes.

A sweeping move by the home side created space for Gurney at the back post but, with just goalkeeper Matty White to beat, he blazed his shot high over the crossbar.

Macleod then found himself with just White to beat in injury time, but the Shepshed stopper was in no mood to relinquish his amazing run of clean sheets by saving with his legs as Deeping - who had scored 19 goals in the previous three games - drew a blank for the second time at home this season.

Deeping: Elsom, Bannister, Flack, Burton-Jones, Hunnings, Murphy, Jarvis, Gurney, Mooney, Macleod, Garrick (Simpson). Subs not used: Carter, Marsden, Bircham.

Attendance: 179.


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