Rangers struggle against 10-man Star

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Peterborough Northern Star 3 Deeping Rangers 2

RANGERS failed to beat a Star side reduced to 10 men for the majority of last night’s match at Chestnut avenue.

Goalkeeper Luke McShane was sent off for handling the ball outside his box early in first half and the Peterborough side were forced to play with striker Karl Gibbs in goal for more than 70 minutes.

At this point the league leaders were already a goal ahead but being a man down didn’t seem to hinder them as Deeping struggled to make their man advantage count.

The opening goal had an element of fortune as Luke Hipwell’s shot came back off the post only to go back in off Rangers keeper James Doughty.

Mark Jones volleyed too high after the Star defence failed to clear Josh Moreman’s free kick, and then a good build-up was spoiled by George Cox’s wasteful finish as Rangers sought a route back. The best chance to level fell to Kev Gilbert but he lost control at the vital moment allowing Gibbs to collect.

Seven minutes before the break Star doubled their advantage when Jon Stead’s deep corner found Richard Jones running in unchallenged to head home.

A bizarre goal gave Star a three-goal cushion on the hour. Doughty attempted to kick clear under pressure from Avellino Vieira but the ball rebounded back into play off the corner flag and Vieira cut inside to fire home.

Both sides had openings in the last quarter of the match before two late goals provided some consolation for Deeping.

A weaving run and confident finish by Matt Heron after 87 minutes put Rangers on the board and they netted a second a minute into time added when Cox netted from Tony Battersby’s pass.

Deeping: James Doughty, Matt Evans (Nick Jackson), Adam Fenton, Kris Jones (Tony Battersby), Spencer Tinkler, Kev Gilbert, Mark Jones, David Burton-Jones (George Cox), Ryan Oliver, Matt Heron, Josh Moreman.