A SECOND-HALF hat-trick from Alex Beck steered Rangers to a 4-1 victory at Yaxley on Saturday and presents manager Tuncay Korkmaz with a selection dilemma ahead of this evening’s match .
After a scrappy first half, Yaxley led 1-0 at half-time through Ondre Odain’s 13th minute goal but Rangers scored four in the second 45 with Simon Ashton scoring Deeping’s third.
Assistant manager Simon Dethick was in charge in the absence of Korkmaz who returns for tonight’s game at Peterborough.
He said: “It was a good hat-trick with three well-taken goals. Michael Byrbe will be back on Tuesday but how do you drop a guy who has scored a hat-trick.”
Rangers came flying out of the traps at the re-start. Ciaran Holt replaced the injured Spencer Tinkler on 50 minutes and Rangers altered their tactics. The new approach was rewarded on the hour when Mark Ashton’s header came back off the bar to Beck who slotted home the first of his three.
Rangers felt they had a stonewall penalty turned down when Beck was hauled down in the penalty area, and excellent play between play between Kevin Brader and David Burton-Jones should have put the visitors in front for the first time, but the chance went begging.
Deeping had transformed their game and looked dangerous at every turn, limiting the home side to very few chances.
Beck got his second on 70 minutes with a low drive past the keeper, and Ashton made it three in the 80th minute with a looping shot from the edge of the Yaxley penalty area.
Shortly after this, Beck was put through by Holt to complete his hat-trick.
Dethick added: “We were poor in the first half and James Doughty kept us in it with a couple of great saves. When Ciaran came on we changed things around and it worked for us. We needed to go more attacking and Ciaran played further forward.”
Tonight’s match at Chestnut Avenue kicks off at 7.45pm.
Deeping: James Doughty, Lawrence Lambley, Nick Jackson, Chris Logan, Steve Julian, Simon Ashton, Harry Deane, David Burton-Jones, Alex Beck (Glen Ihama), Spencer Tinkler (Ciaran Holt), Kevin Brader (Tom Waumsley).