Deeping Rangers 2 Desborough 0
RANGERS found bottom side Desborough Town to be stubborn opposition despite winning 2-0 at Outgang Road on Saturday.
When Mark Jones slotted home in the third minute, expectations of a big home win were raised. But Desborough went on to prove that they are not the whipping boys that their league position might suggest.
The visitors set about the game with the intention of breaking Rangers down with some heavy tackling and the football could never be described as pretty during a scrappy first half. Visiting captain Byrne and full back Tolton both received yellow cards for hefty challenges and their resistance at the back could have been rewarded as half time approached.
During a rare Desborough foray in the Deeping half, Spencer Tinkler brought Mitchell down just outside the box. Tinkler was shown a yellow card and had it not been for a terrific save from James Lowndes, the sides would have gone in level at half time.
The second half started brightly with a Steven Julian header cleared from under the Desborough bar but despite this early promise, the rest of the game proved a little tedious.
Rangers seemed content to knock long balls towards Jones who had a constant battle throughout the afternoon with Desborough’s Donavito. On the hour mark, Deeping’s new signing. Brader almost scored on his debut, crashing a shot from just inside the penalty area against the crossbar.
A bright spot of the afternoon was the welcome return of Adam Weston who had suffered a triple fracture to the cheekbone in a horrendous challenge during Deeping’s FA Vase fixture at Ollerton Town, earlier in the season. He did very well before being replaced on 75 minutes by Logan, another recent signing by manager Tuncay Korkmaz.
Rangers made the game safe with three minutes remaining with Mark Jones scoring his second after good work by George Cox.
Deeping Rangers: Lowndes, Evans, Fenton, Tinkler, Julian, Gilbert, M Jones (Jackson), Cox, Battersby (Burton-Jones), Weston (Logan), Brader. Sub not used: Doughty