Deeping Rangers move back into top three after successful week

Deeping Rangers are jumping up the table
Deeping Rangers are jumping up the table
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Deeping Rangers are up to third in the UCL Premier Division after picking up four points from six this week.

Deeping moved up two places in the league on Tuesday night with a 1-1 home draw over Huntingdon Town.

David Burton Jones scored Rangers’ goal in the 10th minute and he looked to have given his side the victory but in the 81st minute the visitors drew level with a goal from Seymour Buns.

On Saturday, Deeping returned to winning ways at home with a 5-1 win over Desborough, after the visitors went down to 10 men when Mark Forbes was shown a red card on 61 minutes for striking out at Spencer Tinkler.

The game started brightly and Rangers were quickly on the offensive and after a couple of opportunities they took the lead on 3 minutes.

Scott Ginty’s freekick was touched on by Ryan Oliver to find David Burton-Jones on the six-yard line and he controlled and shot home with the visitors appealing for offside.

Desborough showed their intent and were level on 5 minutes - Ben Sunderland was freed down the right to the goal-line but Joe Braithwaite stopped the threat. From the resultant corner the ball eventually fell to Aidan Bradshaw whose shot found the net off a Deeping defender on the line.

Burton-Jones then struck the bar as he connected on a loose ball from a corner. Ryan Oliver did well to hold the ball and turn to release Mitch Griffiths down the left but as he entered the box a good challenge from Mark Redding thwarted the danger.

Another Griffiths run saw him fouled on the edge of the box. Griffiths touched the kick to Ginty who blasted the ball through the crowd into the far corner of the goal to restore the advantage for Rangers on 11 minutes.

Deeping went close on several occasion and the half finished as both sides shared opportunities - good play from Griffiths and Kev Gilbert set up Heron whose shot was well taken by the visitors’ custodian Richard Lavin.

The last action saw Sunderland hit a fierce shot that had home keeper James Doughty get hands to the swerving ball and out to safety.

An even start to the second half saw few chances.

Some Desborough play saw a scramble in the home defence with the ball falling to Sunderland and his goal-bound effort struck the defending Dan Flack.

Following Forbes’ red card, Desborough were pressed by Rangers with Joe Braithwaite combining with Griffiths to send in a cross that Lavin parried across the goal but no Deeping player was on hand to take advantage.

However, Deeping took full control of the game with two goals in two minutes.

Oliver chased down a long ball, won the challenge and slipped the ball into the far corner past the advancing Lavin for 3-1 on 70 minutes.

Before Desborough could recover, Griffiths took the ball on his chest, moved infield and blasted the ball inside the post past a helpless Lavin for 4-1 on 72 minutes.

It was now all Deeping as they overran the 10 men.

Rangers completed the scoring two minutes from time when Flack played a ball into sub Scott Bogusz in the box and as he tried to turn he was tripped with Tinkler converting the penalty for 5-1.

Rangers face Yaxley at home tomorrow.