FOOTBALL: Form sides line up at Deeping this evening

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TWO of the United Counties Leagues’ form sides will meet at Outgang Road this evening, when Deeping Rangers take on Holbeach United.

Rangers are in a rich vein of form heading into this evening’s match, taking four wins from five along with a single draw, while Holbeach, despite losing 2-1 to Stamford in the FA Cup on Saturday, have a 100 percent record from their opening four games.

Deeping’s latest victory was at home to Desborough Town on Saturday.

Both teams came to the game on the back of some good results and it was the visitors who almost opened the scoring as early as the fifth minute when Rangers cleared the ball off their line. But it was Deeping who tookthe lead after eight minutes, Michael Byrne turning the ball in from close range.

Nick Jackson was missing from the Rangers line-up after suffering severe concussion at Peterborough Northern Star on Tuesday but Spencer Tinkler did a good job of covering for him and Deeping enjoyed much of the possession in the first half.

Richard Lavin in the Desborough goal made some tremendous saves to help keep his side in the contest; Kevin Brader, Byrne and David Burton-Jones were all denied. However, as the half began to draw to a close, Brader was fed wide out on the left wing and promptly crossed in for Ciaran Holt to net at the near post.

The second half went far from plan from Rangers’ perspective. Desborough’s own Bryne, Kevin, brother of the Rangers’ number nine, got his head to the ball from a long, floated free kick and nodded over James Doughty who had over-committed.

Chris Logan then saw red for Rangers, receiving two cards in double quick time, reducing the hosts to ten men. The first card may have been a little harsh for tugging on an opponents shirt, but the foul that followed merited the punishment.

Bolstered by these two incidents, Desborough pushed for a second goal, with Kevin Byrne coming closest with a 75th minute strike hitting the crossbar. But Rangers held on to claim the points and continue a great start to the season.

This evening’s match kicks- off at 7.45pm and a large crowd is expected.

Deeping: James Doughty, Lawrence Lambley, Spencer Tinkler, Chris Logan, Steve Julian, Simon Ashton, Harry Deane, David Burton-Jones, Michael Byrne (Alex Beck), Ciaran Holt, Kevin Brader.

Man-of the Match; Ciaran Holt.