Skipper’s goal earns victory for Deeping Rangers
Deeping Rangers skipper David Burton-Jones earned his side revenge against Desborough Town on Saturday, the side who dumped them out of the League KO Cup two weeks ago.
Burton-Jones’ first half strike means Rangers are now unbeaten in their last four UCL Premier Division games.
In a game affected by a strong wind, travelling side Deeping started the better side at Waterworks Field. Striker Jezz Goldson-Williams attacked down the right flank before sending in a dangerous cross in Scott Mooney’s direction but it was just intercepted by home skipper Aaron Davies.
Scott Coupland then played Jason Kilbride into a good position but his weak shot was easily dealt with.
Ar Tarn’s Jake Bettles’ hit a half volley on the turn but was well off target with his effort.
The goal came 17 minutes in. Luke Avis delivered a free-kick into the box and Burton-Jones rose highest in a congested box to head the ball into the far corner of the goal.
Both sides had further chances before the break. Rangers keeper Danny Bircham had to be alert to save a long range strike from Will Arnold and then Coupland went close at the other end, breaking quickly down-field he chipped the ball over advancing Desborough keeper Chris Jones but the ball just wouldn’t come down in time and narrowly cleared the crossbar.
Rangers finished strongly, Goldson-Williams raced onto the a chipped through-ball and forced a save out of Jones and the host’s Leo Adams just cleared a cross away as Mooney lurked for Deeping.
The visitors started well after the break as well and they would have extended their league but for a couple of good saves from Jones, saving first from Coupland and then stopping a Goldson-Williams strike from point blank range.
When Jones wasn’t providing a barrier Rangers failed to find the target. Mooney missed the mark with a dangerous free-kick and Kilbride fired wide after being played into a promising position.
Desborough pressed to get something out of the game in the closing stages, firing crosses into the box but Spencer Tinkler was on hand to clear however Will Arnold still managed to get a volley away when the clearance fell to him, firing over.
Town’s Jake Bettles had a late chance to draw the game, weaving his way into the box, but Burton-Jones was on hand to stop him in his tracks to clear the danger and secure all three points.
Rangers remain in ninth in the UCL Premier Division and are next in action on Saturday, at home against Harborough Town, kick-off 3pm.
Desborough Town: Chris Jones, Aidan Bradshaw, Danny Wells, Stef Gatting (Ben Sunderland), Leo Adams, Aaron Davies, Mark Redding, Will Arnold, Jake Bettles, Dodci Agbenu (Luke Cummins), John Dean.
Subs not used: Michael Boyle-Chong, Fraser Glover
Deeping Rangers: Danny Bircham, Dan Flack, Tom Smith, David Burton-Jones, Spencer Tinkler, Luke Hunnings, Jason Kilbride, Luke Avis, Scott Mooney, Scott Coupland, Jezz Goldson-Williams.
Subs not used: Jack Cotton, Matt Porter, Jack Marsden
Referee: Mr Daniel Johnston