Rangers edged out in Senior Trophy Final
A scruffy Brody Robertson deflected goal after just 16 minutes was enough for Cleethorpes to win this clash of the big scorers when they met in the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy final at Sincil Bank last night.
For two teams who have scored 253 league goals between this season, everyone was relishing the idea of a real shoot out - but on a night when the game never really came to life both sides were firing blanks as they peppered the stands with a remarkable 22 shots off target.
Sadly, Deeping's normal clinical edge went missing as several good chances were spurned, particularly in the second half.
The game started with Cleethorpes winning an early corner which Richard Stainsby fisted away well.
Deeping responded as strike partnership, Scott Mooney and Scott Coupland combined for the latter to have a shot blocked.
From this attack, Cleethorpes sprang a quick counter attack. Brody Robertson ran the channel well but was well marshalled by Jonny Clay at the expense of a corner.
The Northern Counties East side were on the attack again when Luke Maskall's raking crossfield pass was taken well by full back Tim Lowe but his shot from distance was well over. The first of nine first half efforts wide of the mark for Cleethorpes.
They kept attacking, Tom Smith producing a great defensive header to keep out the second of three successive corners.
Jonathan Oglesby delivered an excellent pass which saw Smith over commit letting Maskall in. His shot was narrowly over.
'Robertson cutting in from the left'
On 16 minutes they had the lead, Robertson cutting in from the left, unleashed a shot from distance that was blocked by Clay but the ball span and crept in at the near post as Stainsby scrambled across goal.
Straight from the restart Deeping responded, Mooney shooting just over on the angle.
They then had a golden chance to level, Coupland went on a great run down the left, pulled it back to Mooney but his mishit shot was saved well to his left by Liam Higton.
After this Deeping struggled to create with playmaker Charlie Coulson starved of possession as Cleethorpes forced them back and showed the nouse that has seen them to a league title and an FA Vase final.
Robertson tried the same trick as his goal cutting in from out wide but this time the shot was more likely to trouble the cathedral behind Stainsby's goal.
The half ended with Deeping carving out a good opening. Mooney fed Coupland but again the shot was scuffed wide.
Rangers looked to play higher up the pitch and Schiavi skewed an effort well wide after good build up play.
Cleethorpes responded with a good chance of their own, Jack Richardson shooting just over from a Mascall pass.
Deeping then produced two good efforts from Schiavi set plays. Luke Hunnings couldn't guide his header on target with the first, from a corner. It was then centre half partner Clay who was unable to get his header on target, this time from a free-kick.
'The Rangers winger was creating again'
The Rangers winger was creating again when he linked with Coupland and his cross was met by a looping header from Mooney but was caught by Higton under his crossbar.
Rangers continued to dominate but had to be watchful in defence, Smith producing a great last ditch tackle to deny Taylor before showing good composure to clear his lines.
Town then made a quadruple substitution. As they were regrouping Rangers carved open another great opportunity. Coulson produced a great pass to tee Coupland up but the striker was leaning back and the ball sailed over the bar.
Twelve minutes from time and another glorious opening emerged, Mooney this time unable to put his volley on target from just eight yards out.
Rangers forced a couple of late corners but again the finish was lacking.
With four minutes remaining, Cleethorpes produced a late opening. Peter Winn, with a surging run down the left, cut the ball back for Smith to defend well inside his six yard box.
Disappointment for Rangers but with three league games and a Hinchingbrooke Cup final to come, their season is far from over.
DEEPING: Richard Stainsby, Dan Flack, Tom Smith, David Burton-Jones, Luke Hunnings, Jonny Clay, Jason Kilbride, Charlie Coulson, Scott Mooney, Scott Coupland, Dan Schiavi. Subs: Henry Dunn, Will Bird, Jack Marsden, Dominic Zaleski, Norbert Zaleski, Dan Bircham.
CLEETHORPES: Liam Higton , Tim Lowe, Laurence McKay, Liam Dickenson, Kieran Wressell, Matthew Coleman, Luke Mascall, Jack Richardson, Andrew Taylor, Brody Robertson, Jonathan Oglesby. SUBS: Matthew Bloomer, Alex Flett, Liam Davis, Peter Winn, Leigh Hutchinson.
Report courtesy - John Feetham - SRSN