Fourth successive victory as Clarets continue fine form
Deeping Rangers ensured that the euphoria of their magnificent FA Vase victory at the weekend won't detract from their league campaign after another efficient display on Tuesday night.
First half goals from Henry Dunn and Cameron Johnson sealed the success over visiting Leicester Nirvana at the Haydon Whitham Stadium to move the Clarets back into fourth spot in the United Counties League Premier Division table.
It was a fourth successive victory for Michael Goode's men and a third consecutive clean sheet which pleased the Deeping boss.
Goode said: "Our form at home in midweek has not been where we would want it to be so I was really pleased with the performance.
"I don't think there's any reasons for that, but it was just us not being in a run of form or having full confidence.
"We were continuously just rotating our midweek and Saturday teams and we couldn't get that momentum.
"Obviously fatigue was a little bit of concern after Saturday, but I thought we really good in the first half.
"We started how we let off on Saturday. I thought we played some really good football, pressed really hard and looked like we had loads of energy.
"We scored a couple of decent goals, their keeper has made one or two decent saves and Dan Schiavi's deliveries in the first half was unbelievable which we need to capitalise on more.
"We ran out of steam a little bit in the second half. They had a couple of early chances, but by the end I felt we were in total control of the game with 25 minutes left.
"We had three more opportunities and there was always chances there. I wanted that third goal because 2-0 is always horrible.
"They are a good outfit and had enough going forward to cause us problems so we didn't want to make too many changes."
A fast-paced opening from both sides saw Suleiman Nassor drag an early effort wide for the visitors when well placed.
Rangers responded immediately with Dan Schiavi racing clear onto a long ball and, while being fouled by Josh Rock, he still managed to get his shot away only to be denied by Nirvana goalkeeper Michael Antkowiak who then tipped over the resultant free-kick at full stretch.
The Clarets broke the deadlock after 19 minutes when another incisive centre from Schiavi was deflected onto the crossbar by Nirvana defender Mandeep Bains and Dunn pounced to head home the rebound.
Antkowiak then produced a smart stop to turn away a first-time shot from Schiavi before Nirvana suffered an injury blow when former Stamford skipper Jordan Smith was forced off.
Deeping doubled their advantage nine minutes before half-time when Dan Flack's low cross was stabbed home by Johnson.
Nirvana hit back with Nassor fizzing a well-struck effort before ex-Deeping striker Harry Allcock screwed a decent opening wide.
The visitors continued on the offensive in the early stages of the second half with Nassor heading another good chance over.
This sparked Rangers back into life and Johnson went close before Antkowiak clawed away a low shot from Mooney.
A delightful Deeping move saw Flack find Mooney with a smart pass and his flick released Johnson who was again denied by a fine stop from Antkowiak.
Mooney headed another effort narrowly wide as Rangers finished the match in the ascendency which allowed them to give a debut to new defensive recruit Kane Brown who has joined the Clarets from league rivals Kirby Muxloe.
Deeping: Elsom, Flack (Brown), Andersen, Burton-Jones, Hunnings, Jarvis (Lockie), Dunn (Simpson), Coulson, Mooney, Schiavi, Johnson. Not used: Fryett, Carter.
Nirvana: Antkowiak, Gore, Patel, Calver, Rock, Bains, D Master, Smith (Brown-Wingfield), Nassor, Allcock (S Master), Nelson. Not used: Harper.