Rangers slump to defeat at Whitworth
Rangers travelled to London Road, to take on one of the Division’s new boys, looking to build on the Wisbech success but this was ...
an ‘after the Lord Mayors show’ performance that was very disappointing.
The scoring was completed in the first 15 minutes, the home taking the lead on 9 mins – a Ryan Baxter corner found Connor Bell at the far post for a free header into the goal area where Remy Brittain, in the throng, applied to touch over the line.
Deeping hit back immediately, Scott Mooney’s run into the visitors box was ended by Reiss Gartland’s foul challenge – Scott Coupland stepped up to stroke home the penalty on 11 mins.
Whitworth’s regained the lead on 13 mins, Jordan Pendered curled his 20 yard free kick inside the post past the helpless Rangers keeper Richard Stainsby.
Deeping struggled to get any pattern to their play, and regularly too many touches failed to reach their target, which allowed the home side to deal with most of the
The home side were close to increasing their tally, Jamie Black played Cavell Jarvis into the Deeping box, his shot being well saved by Stainsby – Rangers day was typified when Brad Hockin pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the Whitworth box to smash his drive against the post and away from goal.
Coupland freed Henry Dunn into the home box where his shot was well blocked by Ryan Baxter, David Burton-Jones rose to meet Hockin’s corner but the header was too high.
Another half chance came as Coupland pounced on a loose ball and advanced where home keeper Lee Baxter was swiftly out to thwart, a long ball from the home defence allowed Brittain, under pressure from Tom Smith, to get a touch and force Stainsby to make a good save.
With half time approaching Burton-Jones sent Coupland towards the home goal, keeper was quickly well out the block the ball fell for Hockin, 40 yards out, to launch towards the empty net but the effort pulled wide.
Half Time – Wellingborough Whitworth 2 Deeping Rangers 1
The second half was more toil but little craft, Dunn released Dan Flack, his pull back was blasted high by Mooney, sub Luke Avis ran through the home defence to be blocked by Lee Baxter’s save.
Mooney latched onto Luke Hunnings’ flick to lob keeper Baxter but the effort was too high.
Rangers Scott Waumsley sent in a very testing ball into the goal area where home defender Ben Harris saw his attempt to clear smash against the cross bar and away.
For Rangers this was quickly down to earth with a big bang after the previous game – still a long season ahead.
Full Time – Wellingborough Whitworth 2 Deeping Rangers 1