Deeping get off to winning start despite seeing red

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Deeping Rangers got off to a winning start - despite playing for the whole of the second half with 10 men.

Ben Lewis was dismissed for a reckless tackle on the stroke of half-time, only five minutes after heading home the first goal of the new UCL Premier Division season.

Late strikes by Ryan Oliver and Dan Flack sealed a comfortable victory over Harborough Town at Outgang Road to begin the Groundhop weekend.

A strong crowd of more than 300 supporters turned out for the first of the league’s Groundhop fixtures, which is a national programme to promote non-league football.

Deeping had been denied by a series of saves as Giancarlo Vinci kept out Craig Parker, Oliver, Jamie Graham and Scott Ginty in the opening period.

However, the deadlock was broken when Lewis was left unmarked to nod in Flack’s right-wing cross.

Almost immediately James Doughty saved from Jake Bettles but then Deeping went down to 10 men.

Lewis was shown the red card following a challenge which saw Harborough left-back Glen Robinson carried off on a stretcher with his leg strapped. He was taken away from the ground in an ambulance after the final whistle.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, though, Deeping continued to dominate possession and create chances.

So it was no surprise when Oliver doubled the lead on 78 minutes with a cool finish from Parker’s pass.

Six minutes later it became 3-0 as Flack linked up neatly with substitute Matt Heron before converting from a tight angle.

Deeping: Doughty, Flack, Porter, Braithwaite, Holland, Lewis, Lee (Tinkler 74), Ginty, Graham (Bogusz h-t), Oliver (Heron 78), Parker. Subs not used: Bates, Bircham.

Goals: Lewis 38, Oliver 78, Flack 84.