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Deeping Rangers defeat Selston in the United Counties League Premier Division North

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Deeping Rangers recorded a fourth successive United Counties League Premier Division North victory on Saturday as a late goal treble sunk struggling Selston.

Will Bird, Jack Bloodworth and Jake Brown were all on target in the final 13 minutes to ensure the Clarets returned triumphant from their trip to Nottinghamshire after Selston had taken a second half lead from the penalty spot.

It was another solid all-round showing from Rangers whose manager Daniel French was pleased with the impact of his substitutes as Brown netted with Jake Showler and Jake Walson also playing prominent roles in the late goal flurry.

Jake Brown (54459977)
Jake Brown (54459977)

French said: "We deserved the win overall.

"The first half wasn't great as we were defending up the slope but we did it very well as usual and were solid.

"We were just lacking that bit of quality with the ball so either our clearances weren't going very far or, when we did get some possession, we picked the wrong option or the quality let us down.

"They had the possession territorially and asked questions but didn't open us up as that suits us.

"They got a penalty to take the lead in the second half but, after that, we were very good.

"We had a really good 30 minute spell and the changes helped. Jake Walton was superb in midfield and got on the ball and added some much-needed quality in there.

"Jake Showler got down to the byline four or five times and put some great deliveries in while Jake Brown scored a really good goal.

"All three substitutes made a real impact which was pleasing. When the time is right, we have that strength in depth to rotate and the two or three who come on keep having a big impact which works really well.

"We were comfortable winners in the end and, as soon as we got the first goal, it just felt like that it was waiting for it to come.

Jake Walton (54459979)
Jake Walton (54459979)

"Overall it was really pleasing because we improved our quality in the second half and came from behind to get the win.

"It's now four wins on the bounce. We are starting to score goals again which is nice and it sets us up for the coming games."

A scrappy opening period had finished goalless before Selston took the lead six minutes into the second half.

David Burton-Jones had made a fine initial tackle to thwart Jordan Black but Luke Hunnings was then penalised for the second challenge and Ben Moore sent Dan Swan the wrong way from the resultant spot kick.

Rangers responded well to going behind and had levelled after 77 minutes when Robbie Ellis was fouled in the box and Bird stepped up to score the penalty for his 16th goal of the season.

Ellis had another appeal for a penalty rejected before Rangers took the lead with eight minutes remaining.

Will Bird (54459981)
Will Bird (54459981)

Walton was the provider as he picked out Bloodworth who bundled the ball home from close range.

The victory was then sealed in injury-time as Brown broke from midfield before firing home a fine finish into the bottom corner to mark his return from an injury sustained in the FA Vase defeat at Walsall Wood in November.

Boss French added: "I was really pleased for Jake Brown because he has done everything properly with his recovery.

"He did his rehabilitation and then got some minutes with the reserves and was happy just to be involved last week although he didn't get on.

"It was the right time this week to put him on. He was really positive and scored a good goal which was pleasing."

Rangers return to the Haydon Whitham Stadium this weekend when they host unbeaten league leaders Long Eaton on Saturday.

Clarets: Swan, Flack, Bloodworth, Burton-Jones, Hunnings, Ellis, Pancho (Brown), Wilson, Steele (Walton), Bird, Williams (Showler). Sub not used: Carter.

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