Victories for Deeping and Stones ahead of derby date

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DEEPING Rangers extended their unbeaten league run to 12 games this week with victories at Thrapston on Saturday and against Yaxley at home on Tuesday.

Scott Ginty gave Rangers a 32nd minute lead in a closely contested first half at Thrapston but two goals within a minute after the break wrapped up the win for Rangers.

Matt Heron scored Rangers’ second after 57 minutes with Ginty completing the scoring 60 seconds later.

Yaxley had strengthened their squad with some experienced additions, but they were unable to match Rangers for work rate and energy.

Deeping took a seventh minute lead when Kevin Gilbert played Heron to beat Lea Jordan with a well struck shot from the right hand side of the box.

Adam Weston and Steve Julian, who had a header blocked on the line, both went close for Rangers while Luke Hipwell and Andy Furnell went close at the other end.

But Heron gave Deeping a cushion, heading Rangers’ second from a Kevin Brader corner five minutes into the second half. A reflex save from Jordan denied him his hat-trick soon after.

Deeping (v Yaxley): James Doughty, Spencer Tinkler, Nick Jackson, Matt Simpson, Steve Julian, Adam Weston, Kevin Gilbert (Matt Barber), Ciaran Holt, Scott Ginty (Mark Jones), Matt Heron (Ian bradbury), Kevin Brader.

Rangers sit sixth, level on points with fifth-placed Newport Pagnell and host Blackstones on Easter Monday.

Stones returned to winning ways with a 3-1 victory at Irchester on Saturday.

An injury to keeper Lee Crockett marred an otherwise comfortable victory for Stones who were already ahead by the time the hosts were reduced to 10 men. Craig Lawman was sent off for an off-the-ball incident involving Tim Quy.

Irchester took an early lead capitalising on poor Stones defending after four minutes.

But Stones fought back with Simon Mowbray converting two of his more difficult chances either side of a Michael Nelson penalty awarded for a foul on Quy.

Joint boss Michael Goode said: “The result was better than the performance but we wanted to take three points after our recent run.”

Blackstones: Lee Crockett (Mike Goode), Tim Quy, Andy Ellis, Matt Porter, Jacob Smitheringale, Steve Burns, Robbie Pearce, Luke Avis, Michael Nelson (Nicki Young), Simon Mowbray, Danny Barker (Liam Buttery).