Keeper foils Deeping Rangers’ efforts

Deeping Rangers v Cogenhoe United. Match action.'Photo: MSMP150214-028ow
Deeping Rangers v Cogenhoe United. Match action.'Photo: MSMP150214-028ow
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Cogenhoe United goal keeper Darren Watts frustrated Deeing Rangers with a string of save to put his side in a position to win 2-0 thanks to late goals.

Like the reverse fixture at Compton Park this match pitched two sides fighting for top four finishes and saw conditions of heavy pitch and strong wind play a major part.

Rangers created an advantage as Mitch Griffiths and Alex Beck exchanged passes to set Griffiths free down the left but good visiting defending stopped the cross getting goal bound.

Bowen found Tom Liversedge in the Deeping box and his lay off saw Lamb-Johnson shoot wide of the right hand post and a repeat situation Lamb-Johnson shoot wide of the other post

Another Cooks chance came as a Simon Ashton clearance hit Liversedge and fell to Bowen who advanced and put in a testing cross that Spencer Tinkler defended well.

Deeping’s best chance came as Griffiths and Scott Ginty combined well to release Ginty to cross to the far post where Dan Flack headed back just to evade the approaching Beck.

Rangers were now having the better of play and a Joe Braithwiate throw was flicked on by Matt Heron for Griffiths to acrobatically overhead kick and clip the top of the crossbar.

Griffiths then collected the ball in his own half and advanced to the visitors box, exchanged a 1-2 with Heron to shoot goal bound but the ball struck a Cooks defender and looped over the bar.

Ginty then had a shot, from an Heron layoff, saved by Darren Watts in the Cooks goal and Ginty’s 30 yard free kick forced Watts into action.

Watts was becoming a big obstacle to Rangers and saved a point blank effort from Griffiths and then had to react at the far post to tip over Ginty’s cross shot.

Ginty sent in a free kick that Heron met with his head only to see his effort strike the cross bar and the half finished as a Griffiths cross hit the falling Ginty as he attempted a swivel turning shot in mid goal.

The visitors came out strongly for the second half and Josh Urquhart’s effort had James Doughty at full stretch to turn round the post and then Urquhart just failed with a diving header from a Lamb-Johnson cross.

Deeping responded and Griffiths set up Beck whose effort had Watts scrambling at the foot of his post and Watts was on hand to thwart Griifths after he had run from halfway and just evaded the presence of Ross Harris to get his shot in.

Beck the pressured Watts as he cleared and the ball fell to Griffiths who advance into the box only for Watts to again foil him - two good chances were not taken by Rangers.

The visitors Sam Heavey then evaded Braithwaite’s challenge and saw his curling strike saved by Doughty.

With the game into the final 10 minutes and neither looking likely to break the deadlock the Cooks made the decisive breakthrough. A long ball from defence was touched on by sub Rob Foster, that took out the whole Rangers defence, to find Lamb-Johnson who cut back into the box and as he tried to round Doughty was brought down by the keeper and Lamb-Johnson made no mistake from the spot on 82 minutes.

Deeping tried to respond but were undone by some poor defending as Heavey collected the ball mid half and progressed into the Rangers box, through four or five half tackles, to get in a shot that Doughty parried out for Bowen to slot home for the visitors.

Deeping Rangers:

1. James Doughty, 2. Joe Braithwaite, 3. Craig Parker, 4. Spencer Tinkler, 5. Simon Ashton, 6. David Burton-Jones (Capt.), 7. Dan Flack, 8. Scott Ginty, 9. Alex Beck, 10. Matt Heron, 11. Mitch Griffiths

subs (not used) 12. Scott Bogusz, 14. Ryan Oliver, 15. Matty Simpson, 16. Callum Parker, 17. Stacey Cartwright

Cogenhoe United: 1. Darren Watts, 2. Toby Jones, 3. Jamie Russell, 4. Ross Harris, 5. Josh Urquhart (Capt), 6. Mark Hewitt, 7. Sam Heavey, 8. Tom McGowan, 9. Tom Liversedge (12. Rob Foster - 70 mins), 10. Jack Bowen, 11. Elliott Lamb-Johnson (14. Chris Griffin - 86 mins)

subs: 15. Karl Bates