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Daventry Utd 4 Deeping Rangers 1

DEEPING Rangers boss Tuncay Korkmaz offered no excuses for his defence after his side lost 4-1 to Daventry United on Saturday.

Only struggling Raunds Town and Rothwell Corinthians have a worse defensive record than Rangers, who have leaked 77 goals this season and boss Korkmaz offered no case for his defence.

Korkmaz said: “Only the bottom two teams in the division have a worse defensive record than ourselves, so it doesn’t take a genius to work out what has been our problem.

“We want to make progress and take this club forward again, but we have to start at the back to do that.”

It was Rangers’ first league game since mid-February and they gave away an early lead when Ben Foster scored for Daventry.

Matt Heron levelled for Rangers on 28 minutes but goals either side of half time, from Jon Crockett and Ricky Hill, proved to be Deeping’s downfall.

Will Briscoe wrapped up the win for the Motormen with 10 minutes remaining, leaving Rangers a disappointing 14th in the table.

Rangers: Crockett, Gilbert, Smitheringale (Norman), Jones, Thomas, Heron, Hughes (Wood), Stevenson, M Jones, Hands, French.

l UPPINGHAM reserves reached the final of the Peterborough Football Association Minor Cup with a hard fought win over Stilton Town.

Uppingham missed a few early opportunities before they broke the deadlock just before half-time through Rob Lawrie.

Stilton levelled midway through the second half to force extra time. But fine attacking play from Uppingham and two quick goals from Omar Elkashoty and Kevin Robb settled the tie.

Uppingham reserves are second in the Combination League’s second division with three games remaining. They play leaders Crowland Town on Saturday.

l UPPINGHAM Town first team maintained their 11 point lead at the top of the Peterborough and District League.

Town beat Alconbury 2-0 with goals from Andy Sayers and Dave Laughton.

League leaders Town play Crowland tomorrow.