Daventry demolished by awesome attacking display from Deeping
Deeping Rangers hit United Counties League Premier Division table-toppers Daventry Town for six on Tuesday night to book their place in the final of the KO Cup.
The Clarets produced an awesome attacking display to demolish Daventry with three goals in each half while also seeing a penalty saved.
It was the perfect response from Rangers to a 4-1 away league loss at Daventry at the start of the season.
And assistant manager Jack Marsden was full of praise for his charges after producing a fearless performance against the leaders who have lost just once in the league this season.
Marsden said: "We said last time that when we played Rugby and Daventry recently we gave them a little too much respect.
"We played with a little bit of fear, but for the first 35 minutes on Tuesday night we didn't play with any fear.
"We played with the attitude and application that we expect from the boys and coupled that with some really well-taken goals.
"The build-up play to the goals was really good while the defending and work-rate in midfield showed that everyone was on it.
"We said a couple of weeks ago that the boys were on six or sevens-out-of-ten when we played Daventry last time, but on Tuesday they were all eights or nines.
"We have to play at that level when you're playing teams like Daventry because they're top of the league for a reason.
"It was good and there's no better feeling than winning against a team like Daventry at home. It's a really nice buzz.
"We told the boys to just enjoy it because they're all very good footballers. We always set our bar to have work-rate and play with an intensity and I think that, when we do that, these are results which we can achieve.
"We let them back in a little bit in the second half because maybe we didn't do that enough and took our foot off the gas, but overall we've got no complaints."
Rangers came flying out of the traps to break the deadlock after just 10 minutes as Cameron Johnson applied a cool finish to Henry Dunn's through ball.
The visitors rallied with Lewis Elsom making a smart save to deny Kieran Fitzgerald before Rangers responded with the lively Johnson leading their attacking onslaught.
He made a superb weaving run past several Daventry defenders before firing over and was a constant thorn in the visitors' back line.
Deeping then doubled their advantage on the 20 minute mark as Dan Jarvis' fine individual run was matched by an equally impressive curling finish into the far corner of the Daventry net.
Two became three a couple of minutes later as Johnson then added his second and Rangers' third with another ruthless finish from Dunn's sublime through ball.
A shell-shocked Daventry produced a couple of attacking flurries as Elsom palmed away Luke Emery's shot through a crowd of players with Sam Jackson sending the follow up well over.
The visitors then had a strong shout for a penalty turned down when Fitzgerald appeared to be bundled over in the box, however, their appeals were waved away as Rangers finished the first half with a three-goal advantage intact.
Deeping continued on the offensive after the break with Dunn seeing a well-struck low shot smothered by Lustin Cerga before they were generously awarded a penalty as Dan Schiavi went over in the box.
However, Cerga saved Dunn's 51st minute spot kick and Daventry made the most of the lifeline to work their way back into the contest.
Tom McGowan headed home from close range after a 57th minute corner and then Daventry repeated the feat with a similar move for their second goal from Fitzgerald on the 70th minute mark.
Deeping then suffered a further setback when Johnson was forced off injured, but his replacement Maniche Sani took over the attacking mantle with aplomb.
The Peterborough Sports loanee started and finished the move for Rangers' fourth goal with 11 minutes remaining after releasing Schiavi down the left before slotting home the resultant cross.
Adam Confue then headed a good opportunity over for the visitors which was to prove their final chance of salvaging something from the last four tie.
Clarets substitute Michael Simpson had an instant impact as he made it five from a Sani assist with three minutes remaining before the Portuguese ace teed up Schiavi to complete the scoring in injury-time.
Rangers will now face league rivals Holbeach United in the final on Monday, May 6.
Deeping: Elsom, Flack, Andersen, Burton-Jones, Hunnings, Jarvis, Dunn (Simpson), Coulson, Mooney (Walker), Schiavi, Johnson (Sani). Subs not used: Marsden, Bircham.
Daventry: Cerga, Childs, Lukeman, Harris, Henderson (Alexander), Confue, Fitzgerald, McGowan (Cassidy), Emery, Creaney, Jackson (Orosz). Subs not used: Stanbridge, Finlay.
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