Big victory lifts Deeping to fourth

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Winger Tom James scored a hat-trick as Deeping Rangers moved above Quorn into fourth place in the UCL Premier Division on Saturday.

Rangers brushed aside bottom side Irchester United 6-1 with James, who was named man-of-the-match at Outgang Road, scoring his first after just seven minutes.

James scored from the penalty spot after Ryan Oliver had been hauled down in the box and Rangers went on to dominate.

Spencer Tinkler doubled Deeping’s lead after 18 minutes, flicking the ball in from a free kick wide on the right; and without the agility of Hugo Fernandez in the Irchester goal, it would have been 3-0 on the half hour mark, when he pulled off a spectacular save from Scott Ginty.

A number of set pieces around the Irchester penalty area rounded off the half with Rangers’ forwards contriving to squander several chances before Oliver headed Rangers’ third right on the break.

It was more of the same in the second half and Ginty quickly made it four, firing in after a corner kick.

James popped up to slot home through a crowd of players for his second just five minutes into the second half.

Rangers then seemed to take foot of the pedal, allowing Irchester to grab an unlikely goal themselves. The home defence appeared to go walk about and Josh Burge lobbed James Doughty from distance.

James completed his hat-trick on the 90 minute mark, slipping the ball through the keepers legs for his third and Rangers’ sixth.

The win lifts Deeping above Quorn on goal difference but have two tough games coming up. Rangers travel to Cogenhoe on Saturday and then to Huntingdon, who are just four points behind, on Tuesday evening.

Deeping: James Doughty, Spencer Tinkler, Lewis Stone (Matt Simpson), Simon Ashton, Steve Julian, Ciaran Holt (Alex Beck), Scott Ginty (Phil Wells), David Burton-Jones, Ryan Oliver, Matt Heron, Tom James. Sub unused: Tuncay Korkmaz.

M-o-M: Tom James.