Final defeat for Deeping as boss leaves
Hinchingbrooke Cup final - Deeping Rangers 1 Peterborough Northern Star 2 (at Jubilee Park, Huntingdon)
Tuncay Korkmaz ended his second spell as Deeping Rangers manager with defeat in the Hinchingbrooke Cup final on Monday night.
The Turkish tactician has decided to leave due to work commitments but he couldn’t quite produce a fairytale finish.
Phil Stebbing’s double secured the silverware for Peterborough Northern Star as a consolation from Jordan Avis proved too little, too late.
Deeping went behind after just seven minutes when right-back Michael Mackrell delivered the ball for Stebbing to sweep home from around the six-yard box.
With plenty of encouragement from Korkmaz, Rangers dominated possession but struggled to create clear-cut chances in response.
Levi Wright’s header was held by Dan George while at the other end Daniel Bircham denied Jordan MacLeod and Stebbing nodded over.
After the break Wright, David Burton-Jones and Avis missed the target as Deeping went in search of an equaliser.
The advantage was doubled when Edison Fernandes Da Silva Junior’s free-kick was met by Stebbing with a far-post header.
Korkmaz made a double substitution and pushed Joe Braithwaite up front but he wasted a golden chance to score.
On 90 minutes Avis slotted into the far corner of the net but Deeping couldn’t get another goal in stoppage-time.
4-2-3-1: Bircham 7; Braithwaite 7, Tinkler 7, Holland 7, Smith 7; Flack 7, Burton-Jones 7; Hamid 6 (sub Sparrow 68 mins, 6), Graham 7, Avis 7; Wright 6 (sub Carter 68 mins, 6). Subs not used: Palmer, Pilbeam.
PETERBOROUGH NORTHERN STAR
4-4-2: George; Mackrell, Hunnings, Da Silva, Porter; Kilbride (sub Warrener 82 mins), Bream (sub Catanach 78 mins), Murphy, MacLeod; Avis, Stebbing (sub Sanders 66 mins). Subs not used: Hill-Seekings, Ilsley.
Stebbing (7 mins, 0-1); Stebbing (63 mins, 0-2); J Avis (90 mins, 1-2).
Kilbride, Flack, Bream, Mackrell (fouls).
David Burton-Jones - the skipper showed plenty of composure and fighting spirit.