Rangers draw a blank in stalemate with Poachers
Despite this being ‘an end of season’ affair it proved to be an intriguing contest as the Poachers put up stout resistance against a Rangers side ....
who had the better of things throughout the game.
The visitors were the more offensive but the home side always had the threat and made the visitors work hard.
Scott Coupland’s neat touch set Dan Schiavi into the box where his shot was well blocked by Simon Ashton.
Coupland dribbled his way through the home midfield, he fed Scott Mooney in the box whose shot struck Ashton and away, from the corner Tom Waumsley rose to head straight at James Lambley in the Poachers goal.
The visiting contingent were berating the officials as a clumsy J Lambley challenge sent Mooney flying in the box only for a corner to be given.
Lambley saved well with his legs from Coupland’s shot, stand in full back Henry Dunn’s sublime touch and turn gave space to cross for Mooney to attack but the touch only found home skipper Richard Ford who cleared.
Charlie Coulson’s fine pass fed Mooney who in turn freed Coupland to shoot wide of the post.
A Josh Warner free kick into the visitor’s box saw Jordan Nuttell flick on for Ashton to volley wide on the turn.
Rangers were close again as half time loomed, Schiavi’s pull back was dummied by Mooney for Coulson to strike wide through the throng of players
Half Time –Boston Town 0 Deeping Rangers 0
Then home side started the second half strongly, Lucas Sparrow won the tussle with Dunn, his cross was met by Nuttell but the header was off target.
Rangers resumed control but too many passes/flicks failed to get completed and against the stout resistance of Ford, Ashton and Laurie Lambley the were not getting too close to the home goal, David Burton-Jones ½ volleyed from the back of the box to the far post weher Jason Kilbride arrived but only found the side netting.
Kilbride then sent Coupland clear in the box where his effort was cut out by keeper Lambley, Kilbride’s corner was punched onto his own player, Janson Pinner, the ball falling for Waumsley to strike only to hit Pinner on the post.
Deeping’s play kept the home side at bay but L Lambley’s pass sent Curtis Revell down the right, he managed just to escape the attention of full back Smith only for the cross to evade everyone and be cleared.
Mooney was close when he met Dunn’s cross only to miss by inches with his header and the best chance for Rangesr saw keeper Lambley make a fine save, Smith’s curling centre was met by Coupland whose looping header looked net bound until Lambley twisted to tip over.
The last chance came as Nuttell was fed by Revell, he twisted space to get his shot in but the block by Jonny Clay saw the ball deflect away from goal and the chance had gone.
Rangers finished the ‘away days’ with a haul of 42 points – 53 goals scored and a goal difference of +30 – who can complain about that (only the home sides!!)
Full Time – Boston Town 0 Deeping Rangers 0
Referee: Shaun Gregory
Assistants: Andy Ford and Chris Giles