Clarets are clinical with solid success ahead of crunch clashes
Deeping Rangers completed a quick-fire double over Boston Town to maintain their impressive away record in the United Counties League Premier Division this season after a 4-0 success on Saturday.
The Clarets had needed two late goals to defeat the Poachers in Tuesday's Lincolnshire Senior Trophy tie at the Haydon Whitham Stadium.
However, a clinical first-half performance at the DWB Stadium on Saturday secured an emphatic victory which means Rangers are now unbeaten in eight away Premier Division games this season.
Henry Dunn's early penalty and a double strike from Dan Jarvis put Rangers in control with Dunn then missing another first half spot kick.
Boston were forced to play the second period with 10 men following the dismissal of Vladyslav Lytvynets for dissent during the half-time interval.
And Luke Andersen sealed Rangers' four-goal success after the break to leave Deeping in fourth place ahead of crunch clashes with Pinchbeck, Peterborough Northern Star and Holbeach over the festive period.
Manager Michael Goode said: "It was a really good performance and it's another one ticked off away from home.
"We worked hard for 10 or 15 minutes at the start to press the ball and make them make mistakes.
"That led to the first penalty and the other two goals. To be 3-0 up at half-time was a nice comfortable position to be in.
"I know they got demoralised at the end, but I thought we played well in the second half and it allowed us to get a few people on and rest a few players.
"Their keeper has made two great saves in the second half so we could have scored more, but I'm not going to argue with that sort of performance away from home.
"It doesn't matter where they are in the table, it's always a hard place to come.
"Obviously if you can get a couple of goals up against any team in the bottom six, you're hopefully going to be in the ascendency for the rest of the game, but you've got to get into that position first so it's good.
"We've had midweek games for about the last six or seven weeks so it will be nice to have a week off, train hard a couple of times and prep ourselves up for the big games we've got coming up in the next few weeks."
A strong start from Deeping saw them awarded their first penalty just ahead of the 20-minute mark when Jarvis attempted to charge down a clearance from Boston goalkeeper Travis Portas.
Portas, after clearing the ball, reacted to Jarvis' challenge and referee Simon Bell awarded a penalty while also yellow-carding the home goalkeeper who was beaten by Dunn's spot kick for the second successive game.
The lead was doubled after 24 minutes when a long clearance from Clarets custodian Lewis Elsom saw Jarvis pressurise both centre-half Corey Cuncliffe and goalkeeper Portas whose miskick presented the Deeping player with an easy tap-in.
Cuncliffe then brought Jarvis down in the box moments later, but Dunn was unable to score his second penalty of the game when his spot kick smashed against the crossbar.
A third goal did follow on the stroke of half-time though as Jarvis created space in the home box and curled home a sublime finish beyond Portas.
The second half resumed with the Poachers down the 10 men following Lytvynets' dismissal and Rangers remained in control of proceedings with Elsom rarely called into action on a freezing cold afternoon.
Dan Schavi smashed an early effort against the Boston upright before Portas produced a fine save to tip away an effort from Charlie Coulson.
Jarvis was then denied his hat-trick by another smart stop from Portas but, from the resulting corner, Luke Andersen bundled home Deeping's fourth goal of the afternoon from close range.
The Clarets continued to create chances with Scott Mooney being thwarted by a superb save from the legs of Portas as they dominated the latter stages to claim another solid away success.
Deeping: Elsom, Flack, Fryett, Burton-Jones (Simpson), Hunnings, Andersen, Dunn (Dee), Coulson, Mooney, Schiavi (Hamza), Jarvis. Not used: Marsden, Bircham.
Boston: Portas, Lytvynets, Tate, Moulds, Cunncliffe, Pinner, Horton, Potts, Nichols (Fenton), Chipamaunga, Jaquite (Raducan).