Sam strikes treble to defeat disappointing Deeping
Former Deeping striker Sam Hollis hit a hat-trick on his Rangers return as Oadby Town turned the United Counties League Premier Division form book upside down with a 4-0 success at the Haydon Whitham Stadium on Tuesday night.
The high-flying Clarets had gone into the contest looking for a fifth successive Premier Division victory against their Leicestershire visitors who had won just two of their last five league games.
However, a below-par Deeping display saw former Stamford striker Hollis plunder a treble against the side where he finished last season.
Clarets boss Michael Goode was far from impressed by the performances of his third-placed charges who failed to take advantage of one of their games in hand on leading lights Daventry and Rugby.
He said: "Oadby were the better side.
"There's some games where you just turn up and you're on your game and everything goes well for you.
"Your passes go well, the bounce goes well and couple of things go in your favour and that obviously gets you on top.
"I thought we started alright for 10 or 15 minutes. We had a couple of things in and around the box and we settled alright.
"Their first goal hurt us, but we didn't have a response. They were solid at the back and their number eight (James Ireland) was very good.
"Sam (Hollis) runs as hard as he possibly can for the team and his goals were good finishes. He's another good player.
"They were a good side who were on the top of their game. We were poor and in the end it was a bit embarrassing.
"It's the first time we haven't shown that desire or application to try and get back into the game.
"If, at 2-0 down, we give everything and still lose then fair enough, but I didn't think we had enough about us and didn't look like getting in the game.
"In the end you start making the wrong decisions by not crossing it or clearing it particularly well and the back four gets spread out.
"We said at half-time that being 1-0 down was not the end of the world. It wasn't ideal, we hadn't played well, but if we had kept it tight and upped our game and, even it wasn't still 1-0 up to the last minute, you still have a chance.
"But we didn't give ourselves a chance because we weren't good enough - it's as simple as that."
Rangers fielded the same side that had won 1-0 away at Kirby Muxloe on Saturday, but were served warning of Oadby's early intent as Hollis headed an early free-kick over before curling another effort narrowly wide.
Dan Schiavi sent a decent effort over for Deeping before his well-struck free-kick brought a flying save out of Oadby goalkeeper Taylor McMillan.
Home custodian Phil McGann then made a tidy stop to deny Hollis from close range after the Oadby frontman had found space in the Deeping box.
The visitors broke the deadlock eight minutes before half-time when the impressive Ireland created room in the penalty area before arrowing home a quick-fire strike that flew past McGann.
Rangers briefly rallied with Jordan Reynolds making a crucial back post clearance on the stroke of half-time with Luke Andersen poised to head home.
Deeping started the second half on the offensive and had solid appeals for a penalty turned down when Scott Mooney was bundled over in the box.
They were still feeling aggrieved when Oadby countered quickly and Hollis headed home their second goal from Spencer Brown's pinpoint cross.
Hollis missed a good chance to wrap up the points when he blazed over with just McGann to beat, but the striker made no mistake late on with two goals in the final five minutes.
He rifled home his second of the game and Oadby's third with a fine finish before sweeping home Ireland's cross in injury-time to complete his hat-trick.
Moments earlier Deeping had seen Mooney's cross-shot hit the outside of the post with Jonny Lockie then planting a free header over the Oadby crossbar which summed up Rangers' night.
Deeping: McGann, Flack, Andersen, Burton-Jones, Hunnings, Stubbs, Jarvis (Simpson), Coulson (Dunn), Mooney, Schiavi, Lockie. Subs not used: Fryett, Carter, Marsden.