FOOTBALL: Missed chances for Deeping Rangers but clean sheet extends run
A first goalless draw since the final day of last season was a story of missed chances for Deeping Rangers.
The Clarets kept a clean sheet for the third successive home league game.
But they couldn’t make it six wins in a row as Deeping failed to score for the first time in five months.
Coach Martin Bond said: “It was great to see our biggest home attendance of the season at 185.
“They created a fantastic atmosphere and I’m sure they expected us to get on the scoresheet.
“We look strong at the back and we set up with the usual formation despite the absence of Jason Kilbride and Scott Coupland.
“In the first half, I thought we were comfortable without creating too much. We needed to get into fourth or fifth gear.
“We had three gilt-edged chances inside the six-yard box during the second half.
“Yaxley were lifted by those misses because we weren’t as clinical as we usually are.
“Charlie Coulson had two opportunities and then a great move released Dan Flack who couldn’t quite convert.
Our concentration levels and risk management were great to keep a clean sheet. That builds confidence but we couldn’t get the ball over the line at the other end.
“We should have wrapped up the points with at least one of those chances.
“To be honest, it wasn’t a game for the pursists with the bobbly pitch.
“Yaxley frustrated us but I don’t think our goalkeeper Richard Stainsby had anything to do all afternoon.
“It’s another point gained – especially with Eynesbury Rovers losing at home – and the clean sheet keeps our unbeaten run going.
“It’s just a shame we couldn’t get a goal in front of a big crowd. It was one of those days.
“Yaxley’s manager Brett Whaley thought it was a fair result but I’m not sure about that when we had those three chances.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t have any options from the bench to change it because Will Bird has left the club.
“Overall, though, we were pleased with the performance.
“Our concentration levels and risk management were great to keep a clean sheet. That builds confidence but we couldn’t get the ball over the line at the other end.”
On Saturday, Deeping face a trip to Wellingborough Town who are pushing for a top-half finish.
Bond added: “There are no easy games away from home and it’s all about us trying to consolidate second place.
“We need to push ourselves along going into two big games at home to Newport Pagnell Town and Eynesbury at the start of next month.”