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Deeping Rangers are beaten by Sherwood Colliery in their first match of the United Counties League season

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Joint boss Luke Hipwell urged his Deeping Rangers side not to be too despondent after their opening day defeat on Saturday.

The Clarets went down to a 2-1 away loss at United Counties League newcomers Sherwood Colliery.

The Mansfield Woodhouse-based side scored a goal in each half of the Premier Division North match with Kee Walker's late effort being Rangers' only reward from the afternoon.

Kee Walker scored Deeping's late goal on Saturday (58367016)
Kee Walker scored Deeping's late goal on Saturday (58367016)

Hipwell said: "Sherwood were a decent side and they played with some nice rotation.

"We struggled for the first 15 minutes to get to grips with it but then we started to grow into the game and create our own chances.

"I felt that the two goals which they scored came from our own mistakes as opposed to them opening us up.

"There was a little bit of naivety on our part but, fair play to them, because they exploited it and punished us accordingly.

"We lacked a little bit of belief in the first half, but started the second half well and, just as we were getting on top, the usual happens and we conceded a second goal.

"Fair play to the lads though as they kept going until the end and I couldn't fault their work ethic or determination.

"We were just lacking that little bit of belief but, all credit to the lads, because they didn't fold and kept going and we shouldn't be too despondent about the defeat.

"We just have to keep going and fine-tuning because there's lots of points still to play for.

"It would have been great to get off to a positive start with a point or more, but we are where we are and we just have to build on it."

A cagey opening had seen Sherwood go closest to breaking the deadlock with Luis Rose having an effort rebound off the post and into the arms of grateful Deeping goalkeeper Dan Swan.

The hosts then broke the deadlock after 27 minutes as Lewis Belgrave rifled home a low finish from the edge of the box.

Sherwood kept pushing for a second goal but Deeping stood strong and emerged for the second half with a greater sense of purpose.

They pushed for an equaliser but, as they looked to turn the screw, Sherwood scored their second goal with 15 minutes remaining as Rose rifled home his finish into the bottom corner.

The Clarets - who handed a debut to the dual registered Sam Spencer on Saturday - now turn their attention to a home match with Boston Town on Tuesday night.

The Poachers are under new management this season with former Holbeach United player and coach Martyn Bunce at the helm and they drew 2-2 with Quorn in their opener on Saturday.

Hipwell added: "It will be another tough game but, if we can maintain the belief from the second half on Saturday, then I'm confident we can get a positive result.

"It will be fresh in the players' heads about what we did well and what we can improve on which is important to take into account in terms of how we set the team up.

"Hopefully the lads will be confident from the second half performance on Saturday and they can take that into the first half of the game on Tuesday.

"Boston were a good side last season and I know Bunny from my time at Wisbech so he will have them well-drilled and set up so it's got the makings of a good game.

"We just have to make sure that we do the basics right and add that little bit of quality and composure in the final third as well."

Rangers kept going until the final whistle and got their goal in injury time when Walker headed home a cross.

Deeping: Swan, Flack, Smith, Tinkler, Watson, Spencer (Hunnings 79), Williams (Walker 75), Burton-Jones, Ford (Steele 65), Eyett, Pancho (Carter 80).

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