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Deeping Rangers are beaten by Leicester Nirvana in the United Counties League Premier Division North




Deeping Rangers saw their hopes of netting a victory treble dashed after losing at home to Leicester Nirvana on Tuesday night.

The Clarets trailed at the interval of the United Counties League Premier Division North match at the Haydon Whitham Stadium.

Although they got back on level terms through Charlie Coulson's penalty, Nirvana netted twice in the final 20 minutes to secure their maiden league win of the season and inflict Deeping's first home loss of the campaign.

Charlie Coulson netted for Deeping from the penalty spot.
Charlie Coulson netted for Deeping from the penalty spot.

Manager Daniel French admitted he was 'massively disappointed' with his side's display following previous home wins over Melton Town and Holwell Sports.

French said: "Nirvana were far better than us. We didn't play well at all.

"We started alright in the first few minutes but we just allowed them to get into the game. We didn't get close to people and they just pulled us all over the place.

"They were mobile in midfield, quick and energetic across their front-line and opened us up a few fair times.

"We were never in it. We came out for the second half and equalised and you could sort of see them waiting for us to then go at them and have that period of pressure, but we didn't do that and stepped off it to let them off the hook.

"They over-ran us in the last 25 or 30 minutes and got a couple of goals which was massively disappointing from our point of view.

"We had won our previous three home games and kept clean sheets and were quietly confident on the back of what we had been doing.

"We felt that we had been progressing over the last three or four weeks and had addressed the things that we needed to work on.

"We had started creating chances and were scoring goals but, for whatever reason, we were just not at it and they thoroughly deserved to beat us.

"Sometimes you can get away with two or three players not being right, but it was seven, eight or nine which is really disappointing."

The Clarets had fielded the same starting line-up which had beaten Holwell in the FA Vase at the weekend.

Will Bird saw an early header saved while home goalkeeper Dan Swan made a routine stop at the other end before the visitors took a 26th minute lead through Stuart Lamont.

Swan then had to save well moments later to prevent the visitors from doubling their advantage before Bird shot over ahead of the the break when well-placed.

Rangers made a double change at the interval with Ben Cowles and Dan Banister replacing Jake Brown and Jake Showler.

And they were back on level terms within nine minutes of the restart as Coulson was felled in the box and picked himself up to convert the resultant spot kick.

However, parity lasted just 15 minutes as Nirvana regained the lead again through Suhaib Gannan before the same player sealed the win as the game entered the final quarter.

Rangers now face a break from league action as their scheduled trip to Long Eaton has been postponed this weekend with the Derbyshire side in the FA Cup.

Their next game will be on Saturday, September 25, when they host Division One side Dunkirk in the next round of the FA Vase.

Boss French added: "We've now got a break until we play again which is frustrating because it dwells for that time in that playing poorly is the last thing we have done."

Deeping: Swan, Flack, Smith, Burton-Jones, Hunnings, Coulson, De Sousa, Brown (Banister), Bird, Wilson, Showler (Cowles). Subs not used: Walton, Carter, Steele.



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