Football: Deeping Rangers beat Blackstones in Boxing Day derby

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Deeping Rangers took the spoils in the local derby with Blackstones on Boxing Day.

Rangers ran out 3-0 winners at home in the UCL Premier Division fixture in what was Blackstones’ first league match since joint managers Darren Jarvis and Michael Goode left the club. Reserve team manager Gary Pearce is caretaker manager.

Rangers boss Tuncay Korkmaz said the scoreline was a fair reflection of the game.

He said Blackstones’ work ethic and commitment made it a tough first half for Deeping, but he was confident they would win.

Louis Stone scored first for Rangers and then Alex Beck netted twice.

Korkmaz said: “It was a good local derby and we’ve had a couple of weeks’ break because of cancelled matches and then Christmas so it was good to get rid of some Christmas rustiness and work off all that turkey.

“They competed well in the first half but we scored early in the second half and we knew once we got that we would get more.

“It was a positive match for us. It keeps us in the top four which is where we want to be and to progress from last year.”

Blackstones caretaker manager Gary Pearce said: “The conditions were really bad for both teams but Deeping are a good side.

“We had one centre half suspended and another has just left so were struggling at the back a bit, but I can’t question the attitude of our players. We also had three or four reserve team players in there.

“Deeping caused us problems from set pieces as they’re a big side.”