Clarets maintain unbeaten away league record
Deeping Rangers manager Michael Goode admitted an instant return to winning ways on Boxing Day came as a ‘welcome relief’ to his charges.
Rangers responded to a Saturday’s 4-1 home loss to Pinchbeck United with a 5-3 away success in a topsy-turvy tussle at Peterborough Northern Star.
The Clarets saw an early two-goal lead slip through their grasp in the United Counties League Premier Division clash before responding with a second half treble to sink their hosts.
Goode said: “It was a welcome relief. We were feeling a little bit sorry for ourselves after Saturday.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game as PNS have done really well this season. They have had some good results and only just lost against the likes of Daventry and Holbeach recently.
“They are a good hard-working side and we were a bit down in the dumps after what happened at the weekend.
“Scott Mooney’s car then broke down and he only arrived just in time for kick-off so we had to rearrange things.
“We set off like a rocket though. The first 15 or 20 minutes was the best we had been for a while.
“We passed the ball well, pressed and worked hard which got us our first two goals.
“They had a good chance early on, but their keeper has then made a brilliant save as well so we could have been 3-0 up in 10 minutes.
“We then took our foot off the gas a little bit. We lost a little bit of our impetus.
“They got one back through some poor defending and then we’ve given a silly free kick away which they’ve rocketed in.
“Given what had happened in the last game after conceding four goals, we were worried.
“But we responded really well and, although they levelled again at 3-3, Henry Dunn has been playing brilliantly. He’s now added goals to his game and he got the fourth.
“We were relatively in control, but you never know only being one goal ahead so it was good to see a Dan Schiavi special for our fifth.
“It was a bit hairy-scary at times, but hopefully this will settle us down again now that we’ve taken the three points.
“Our away form continues to be exceptional, but it is still patchy at home which we need to look at.”
Rangers, who are unbeaten on their league travels this season, got off to the perfect start as skipper David Burton-Jones headed them into a fourth minute lead following a corner and then Dunn doubled the advantage shortly after from the penalty spot after a hand-ball.
However, Star halved the deficit six minutes before half-time when Jack Bloodworth headed home their opening goal.
Bloodworth then blasted home a 25-yard free-kick to bring Star level within three minutes of the second half starting.
But the honours were even for just four minutes as Mooney came off the substitutes' bench to put the Clarets back in front by volleying home with his first touch.
Star struck back again though as James Hill-Seekings hooked home from another corner to make it 3-3 after 63 minutes.
Rangers were back in front seven minutes later though when Dunn fired home a fine finish into the bottom corner.
The Clarets then wrapped up all three points in style with four minutes remaining as Dan Schiavi smashed home a stunning strike from a 25-yard free-kick.
Deeping: Elsom, Flack, Andersen, Burton-Jones, Hunnings, Jarvis, Dunn, Coulson, Lockie, Schiavi, Douglas. Subs: Carter, Dee, Mooney, Fryett, Baldock-Smith.