Josh Ford’s second-half strike dented Deeping Rangers’ progress in the UCL Premier Division as Boston Town held them to a 1-1 draw at Outgang Road on Tuesday night.
The South Holland-based striker drilled home a 65th minute leveller to cancel out Ryan Oliver’s early opener – ending Deeping’s run on nine league wins on the bounce in the progress.
Rangers stay top of the table, but are now just a point clear ahead of Spalding United – who visit Holbeach United tonight (Wednesday) – having played two games more.
Boston, who went into the game in the bottom four, went close early on when player/boss Ian Dunn headed against the bar.
But it looked like normal service was being resumed when the red-hot Ryan Oliver headed home his 11th goal of the season from a Mitch Griffiths free kick.
Deeping had two big penalty appeals turned down before ex-Spalding and Moulton Harrox striker Ford clinched a point for Boston 25 minutes from time, sentencing Tuncay Korkmaz’s men to their first draw of the season in the progress.
Elsewhere, Bourne Town were denied a Lincs FA Senior Trophy derby at Deeping having been beaten 7-4 at Sleaford Town.
The Wakes were 4-0 down at the interval, but at least restored some pride thanks to goals from Jonny Currall (pen 52), Alex Brockbank (62) and Seb Hood (78).
Round Two sees Deeping host Sleaford and holders Holbeach welcome Spalding in a repeat of last year’s semi-final.
UCL Premier Division: AFC Rushden & Diamonds 2 Peterborough Northern Star 3; Deeping Rangers 1 Boston Town 1; Northampton Sileby Rangers 2 Desborough Town 4; Stewarts & Lloyds Corby 2 Wellingborough Town 1.