Deeping finding the answer to goal-scoring conundrum

Deeping Rangers v Kings Lynn - Pre-season fixture. Photo: Tim Smith EMN-140715-135111001
Deeping Rangers v Kings Lynn - Pre-season fixture. Photo: Tim Smith EMN-140715-135111001

Deeping Rangers were the pick of the sides in pre-season action on Tuesday night with an emphatic 8-0 home win over St Neots.

It followed a 1-1 draw in Saturday’s pre-season opener against King’s Lynn Town.

On Tuesday, it took half an hour for Rangers to get on the scoreboard but when they did the floodgates opened.

Jamie Graham got the first of his double in the 32nd minute.

Fraser Sturgess then scored in the 39th minute before winning a penalty moments later. Matt Heron stepped up to dispense the spot kick.

Before the break Ben Porter made it four. In the second half Heron notched his second after seven minutes of action but Deeping were made to wait to add further names to the scoresheet.

In the last ten minutes the well-beaten visitors shipped a further three goals with David Burton Jones and Tom Smith scoring and Graham adding his second of the match.

On Saturday Deeping held higher-level King’s Lynn Town to a draw. An early second half goal by Dan Quigley put Lynn ahead but Ryan Oliver hit an equaliser for the home side.

With the departure of strikers Alex Beck and Mitch Griffiths, who scored more than 30 goals between them last season and have joined Boston Town and Sleaford respectively during the off-season, Oliver is likely to shoulder much of the goal-scoring work if his side are to challenge the top sides in the league once again.

Deeping Rangers boss Tuncay Korkmaz said: “Although it was against a young team, the midweek game served a purpose. It’s a case of so far, so good.

“We did a lot of defending on Saturday but then got on the ball, created chances and scored goals on Tuesday.

“I’m sure the next three games will provide bigger tests to ensure we’re ready for the first league match on August 1.

“Before then I’d like to bring in an out-and-out goalscorer and another forward with pace.

“But it’s very tough to find the right players and I trust those who stayed at our club without too much encouragement. They deserve a chance.”

Deeping continue their pre-season fixtures tomorrow against Newmarket Town at Outgang Road.