Rangers through in FA Vase

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Deeping Rangers 4 Cogenhoe United 1

DEEPING Rangers beat Cogenhoe 4-1 on Saturday to progress to the third round of the FA Vase for the first time in the club’s history.

Tuncay Korkmaz’ side had to come from behind after the visitors took the lead during a largely uneventful first half.

Centre half Robbie Bushell scored from a free kick in the eighth minute and for much of the half, Cogenhoe were in charge, denying Rangers any worthwhile attempt on goal.

Perri Wells should have made it two for Cogenhoe on 20 minutes but his shot went wide of the post with Deeping’s Doughty floundering in goal.

Two early substitutions in the second half, Fenton on for Julian and Moreman for Gilbert, proved a masterstroke by Korkmaz.

Despite the ‘Cooks’ having an effort cleared off the line on the hour mark, the rest of the 90 minutes became one way traffic.

First Dave Burton-Jones stabbed home the leveller and then Josh Moreman produced a fine individual effort to put the home side ahead.

The only real concern for Rangers in the second half was visibility. Thick fog began to decend on Outgang Road and the Cogenhoe dugout called for the officials to abandon the game.

But despite the fact that it was difficult to see from one side of the pitch to the other, play continued and Deeping added two further goals.

Matt Heron converted on 76 minutes and after an almighty scramble in the visitors goalmouth, Mark Jones added the fourth.

It has been great season for Rangers in cup competitions. They have already enjoyed their longest ever run in the FA Cup and now they have repeated the feat in the Vase.

Deeping boss Korkmaz said: “It’s the furthest the club has ever gone in the competition and hopefully the run won’t end here.

“We know we have the firepower to win football matches. We are creating stacks of chances and could easily have scored eight in this game.”

Deeping Rangers: Doughty, Evans, Jackson, Tinkler, Julian (Fenton), Weston, Jones, Burton-Jones, Gilbert (Moreman), Heron (Cox), Brader. Sub not used: Korkmaz.

Man of the Match: Kevin Brader.

Attendance: 105.