Stones bounce back but Rangers’ charge falters

Ciaran Holt on the ball in Deeping's 1-0 win over Long Buckby. Photo by TIM WILSON
Ciaran Holt on the ball in Deeping's 1-0 win over Long Buckby. Photo by TIM WILSON
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Blackstones bounced back from a disappointing defeat to Newport Pagnell on Saturday to win 2-1 at Sleaford Town on Tuesday evening.

Stones were made to pay for wayward finishing by a clinical Newport Pagnell side who scored three late goals to win 3-0 in Saturday.

Sleaford took an early lead through Liam Tunstall’s header on Tuesday but Danny Barker, restored to the starting eleven, levelled for Stones four minutes before half time.

Barker then completed the fightback with the winner seven minutes from time.

The only blemish for BlackStones was the late dismissal of skipper Matt Porter - the fourth red card for a Stones player this season.

But joint manager Darren Jarvis reckons the decision has harsh.

He said: “Matt was very unlucky to get a straight red. The referee admitted afterwards that perhaps he had made a mistake.

“Basically their guy just got to the ball first and there was a clash of shins.”

“Matt is as honest as they come and now have a thre e match ban and a fine. I feel sorry for him. If he hadn’t gone for the ball Michael and I would have ripped him to shreds.”

Otherwise Jarvis was happy with his side’s display.

“We created lots of chances and didn’t take them but at least we got there in the end.”

On Saturday however, the missed chances did prove costly at home to Pagnell.

The Stamford side could have been well ahead before Dominic Lawless put the visitors ahead in the 71st minute - instead they were left with nothing from a disappointing defeat at Lincoln Road.

Lawless doubled Pagnell’s lead after carelessness in Stones’ defence ten minutes later, and Steve Brooks broke from a Blackstones corner to rub salt in the wounds late on, taking the ball the length of the pitch before sliding the ball past Lee Crockett.

Before that Pagnell had survived a couple scares with Josh McAdoo saving well from a Sam Bettinson header in the first half and tipping a fine curling effort from Daniels’ loanee Jack McGovern onto the woodwork in the second.

Luke Avis should have forced the keeper into a save when the game was still goalless in the second period, but the Stones midfielder drilled his shot the wrong side of the left hand upright.

Once Pagnell went ahead they looked the stronger side and Richard Armstrong thumped a super strike against Stones’ cross bar late on.

Blackstones face S&L Corby away tomorrow.

Deeping Rangers

Deeping lost ground on the top four in the United Counties League with a 1-0 defeat at Spalding on Tuesday evening.

It wasn’t the prettiest 90 minutes of football with a heavy pitch that made life difficult for both sides.

The game hinged on a controversial incident in the 21st minute. Spalding had plenty of men in the Rangers box when goalkeeper James Doughty appeared to get both hands to the ball. Somehow Spalding’s Miles Chamberlain contrived get bundle the ball into the Deeping goal and the referee let it stand.

Matt Heron replaced Ash Stevens on the hour mark and the big man soon made his presence felt but the closest Rangers came to levelling was in added time when a speculative effort struck Drury’s post.

Three days earlier Ash Stevens scored the only goal of the game as Rangers beat long Buckby 1-0 at Outgang Road.

It was a hard-fought victory against the defending champions settled by Stevens’ 48th minute strike.

Matt Heron saw a goal correctly ruled out for offside shortly before the break.

At the other end, Nkosi Mzungwana rifled Long Buckby’s best opening high and wide, while James Doughty was forced to save a well-struck Nathan Willis free kick.

Rangers boss Tuncay Korkmaz said: “We just about deserved the three points.

“I was impressed with Long Buckby, their passing in midfield was excellent. But we had the better chances and, with a bit more composure, would’ve won the game a little more comfortably.

“We’ve played better and lost this season, so it’s always nice to get a result like this.

“I don’t think we’re playing for top spot if I’m honest. The challenge for me and the lads is to try and emulate – or even better – the fourth place we managed last season.”

Deeping Rangers are at home to Huntingdon Town tomorrow.