There is a saying: “To add injury to insult.” Well that was quite literally the case for Deeping Rangers on Saturday who not only lost 2-1 to AFC Kempston Rovers but also saw winger Jason Kilbride strechered off with a broken leg.
Despite being just three places apart in the UCL Premier Division it comes as little surprise that the Walnut Boys won at their Hillgrounds Leisure home on Saturday as they are currently undefeated after 19 games in the league this season. Despite that they trail leaders Leicester Nirvana by five points having played a game less. Deeping remain in fifth.
Rangers started well, creating chances for Scott Mooney and Scott Coupland however they could not make them count.
Then Kilbride went down causing a long delay in play. Kempston took the lead deep into the seven minutes of the injury time created by the injury break, with Ash Fuller putting the ball in the back of the net. After the break Dom Marsala doubled the home advantage in the 58th minute to make it a long way back against the Premier Division’s joint best defence, tied with Holbeach having both conceded just 16 league goals this season in 19 games.
Luke Hunnings did pull a goal back for Rangers after 72 minutes and the visitors went on the hunt for an equaliser which very nearly came from new signing Henry Dunn. Late in the day the former Bourne Town midfielder tricked his way through the defence in the box but could only fire his shot straight at the keeper.
Kilbride will be missed while he recovers and is understood to require surgury on the injury this week. However Deeping have made some strong local signings, like Dunn, this season to provide them with some strength in depth. Ketton’s Will Bird has been playing with the club for the last month on duel registration and the teenager looks set to get his chance to show he can score and create goals at the UCL Premier Division level like he has been in the PDFL Premier Division.
The step up in quality should come as no shock to Bird who featured for Stamford AFC on a couple of occasions last season but struggled to make his mark.
Deeping are at home to 15th placed Harrowby United tomorrow night (December 15), kick off 7.45pm.