Deeping Rangers suffered a setback in their title challenge in the UCL Premier League when they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Wellingborough.
Rangers, having lost only one league game all season and scoring plenty of goals, faced a Wellingborough outfit on the up, having climbed to sixth place.
But the game failed to live up to its billing, especially early on when the heavy surface took its toll on any creativity and encouraged some physical exchanges.
Rangers had the better of the early chances and Alex Beck might have had a penalty when he went down in the box but Wellingborough resisted.
Matt Heron received a yellow card for a foul on home full back Smethers and on the stroke of half time, Ryan Oliver should have put Rangers ahead, but lifted a weak shot straight into the keepers’ hands.
Wellingborough took the game to their visitors in the opening minutes of the second half.
Under pressure, Burton-Jones was yellow-carded for a foul, and shortly after this, the home pressure finally paid off when Jason Turner glanced a header just inside Doughty’s far post.
But Rangers would not be denied and showed great spirit, after further yellow cards for Josh Moreman and Scott Ginty, when Moreman went on to volley a great strike past the home keeper from the edge of the area.
At this point the game could, in truth, have gone either way.
Wellingborough’s custodian made a fine save off his goal-line after an effort from close in, and Rangers’ sub Kevin Gilbert lifted a good effort over the bar from some distance.
But in the 84th minute Boyle Chong got the home winner, sweeping past the Rangers’ defence and firing past Doughty.
Rangers: Doughty,Flack, Parker, Tinkler, Stone , Burton-Jones, Beck(Odain), Ginty, Oliver (Gilbert), Heron, Moreman (Cartwright). Subs not used: Holt
Rangers lost 2-0 on Wednesday night in the Hinchingbrooke Cup, away at Huntingdon.
They play Newport Pagnell Town in the league at home on Saturday, kick off 3pm, and host Wellingborough Whitworth in the League Cup on Tuesday, kick off 7.45pm.