New signing Adam Scotcher impressed in Deeping Rangers’ free-flowing 4-1 victory over Thurnby Nirvana in the UCL Premier Division on Saturday.
The striker was a constant threat from start to finish and got on the scoresheet with a brilliant finish to make it 3-1 early in the second half and was denied further spoils by the woodwork.
However the victory was by no means a one man show as the combination of youthful enterprise and extra experience, along with some clever tactical decisions by manager Tuncay Korkmaz, again proved to be a winning formula.
Playing with energy, they created chances all afternoon and should have won by an even bigger margin.
But the management skills of Korkmaz made a massive difference. The formation was tweaked and five players were asked to swap positions in between Thurnby Nirvana’s equaliser and the start of the second half. All those changes put Deeping in control so Korkmaz deserves credit, along with his dynamic team.
Goals were guaranteed but the entertainment level ensured a highly enjoyable encounter.
Both teams wanted to play the right way but Deeping had more quality all over the pitch.
They made a stunning start and should have been 3-0 up before Thurnby finally got into gear.
Adam Scotcher missed an early chance before the opener on five minutes as Joe Braithwaite slid in at the far post to convert Jamie Graham’s free-kick.
A penalty appeal was rejected following what looked like a foul on Scotcher and the leveller came 10 minutes later.
Thurnby’s Ash Day played a short corner to Pearson Mwanyonga and then weaved his way into the box before delivering a chip for Matthew Melbourne to head home.
Deeping’s first tactical switch saw Graham pushed further forward and soon afterward Ian Ward went close to adding to his midweek goal.
The advantage was restored in style on 45 minutes as Charlie Coulson curled a 20-yard beauty into the top corner.
Korkmaz made further changes to the system with Dan Flack, Matt Carter, Tom Palmer and Spencer Tinkler slotting into their new roles.
It took just 41 seconds after the restart for Rangers to make it 3-1 thanks to Scotcher’s lovely lob.
Midway through the half he struck the base of the near post but two minutes later Deeping were not denied.
Their fourth goal was another moment of pure class as Flack combined with substitute Jezz Goldson-Williams before slotting home.
Deeping should have added to the tally but that didn’t really matter this time.
At least the result maintained Thurnby’s average of five goals per game since being crowned champions of the East Midlands Counties League last season.
The Leicester side looked a threat going forward but Korkmaz knew how to punish them at the other end - and that proved crucial.
Deeping Rangers: Bircham; Flack, Palmer (sub Sharpe 83 mins), Braithwaite, Smith; Carter, Tinkler, Coulson (sub Avis 80 mins); Graham (sub Goldson-Williams 51 mins); Ward , Scotcher .
Thurnby Nirvana: Flinders; Doy, Phillips, O’Neill-Brooks (sub L Day 56 mins); Biggs, Samba (sub Canavan 60 mins); Mwanyonga, Gonga, A Day; Morris (sub Porter 74 mins), Melbourne.