Deeping Rangers defeat Boston Town in United Counties League Premier Division clash
Deeping Rangers recorded their third successive United Counties League Premier Division victory as they completed a hat-trick of derby triumphs on Tuesday night with a 1-0 away win at Boston Town.
Michael Simpson's second half strike ensured the Clarets banked another maximum points haul following their recent successes over Pinchbeck and Holbeach.
It was another gritty performance from Rangers to keep their place among the top six sides who are all separated by just three points in a tightly-contested division.
Both sides were missing key players for the derby duel with in-form frontman Tom Garrick and Sam Murphy absent for Rangers who handed a first start to youngster Tom Curtis while centre-half Aaron Davies has returned to former club Desborough.
Boston were boosted by the inclusion of Harry Limb - who is dual registered with Stamford - and he created the first real opening of the contest with a strong solo run which ended with a shot that was blocked by Clarets custodian Josh Carpenter.
Curtis and Jack Gurney both saw efforts comfortably dealt with by home goalkeeper Travis Portas before Deeping were handed the best chance of the opening half.
Jordan Macleod latched onto a wayward header to burst clear of the Boston defence only for the swift reactions of Portas to block his goalbound effort.
Simpson sent a header straight at Portas before ex-Clarets striker Alex Beck fired narrowly over after a sharp turn and shot as the opening period finished goalless.
Both sides exchanged chances after the break with Limb clipping an excellent effort wide before Scott Mooney saw a strike blocked by Portas.
Deeping then found the first breakthrough just ahead of the hour mark as some smart passing from Curtis and Charlie Coulson cut open the Boston defence for Simpson to surge clear and steer his shot into the bottom corner of the home net.
Boston rallied but, despite their endeavours, struggled to make a dent on a disciplined Deeping defence.
The Clarets have come in for some criticism this season about the number and manner of the goals they have been conceding in close games.
But they remained defiant as Boston cranked up the pressure in the latter stages despite the hosts losing Limb late on as he fell foul of the sin-bin rule for dissent and was ordered to leave the field for 10 minutes.
The Poachers thought they should have been awarded a penalty in the dying throes when defiant Deeping defender Dan Flack flung himself in the way of Pat Muirhead's shot to block on the line following a scramble from a corner.
However, the home appeals for hand-ball were rejected and Deeping could have rubbed salt in the Boston wounds when Mooney found himself in space in the home box in injury-time only to be denied by a terrific finger-tip save from Portas.
Deeping: Carpenter, Flack, Andersen, Burton-Jones, Hunnings, Simpson, Gurney, Coulson, Mooney, Macleod (Nkala), Curtis (Carter). Subs not used: Marsden, Shackleton, Bircham.
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