Woeful Rangers dumped out of LKO Cup by the Cooks
This was a poor performance by the Deeping side and against the visitors, known for their competitive spirit, it was never going to be enough and at the end it was the Cooks who progressed into the LKO Cup 1st Round.
Play started scrappily and, unfortunately for the spectators, it only continued.
Rangers’ Luke Avis swung in a cross where Henry Dunn rose to head over the bar.
It was Cogenhoe who made the breakthrough on 5 mins, Jake Cayton’s free kick into the Rangers box where Matt Long head back into the middle, Ashley Clamp mishit his first effort but in the scramble he somehow saw his second touch loop into the net.
This gave the visitors the green light to adopt ‘time consuming tactics’ that Referee Avison allowed to continue for the next 85 mins or so without taking action – not that Rangers deserved mush better on this performance but the home crowd were particularly incensed by the referee’s inaction.
After 15 mins or so the referee noticed that Cooks skipper Ryan Dove had a piercing in his tragus (part of the ear) and ‘requested’ that it be be removed – unfortunately for Dove this was not happening (until it fell out in the shower) so he had to be replaced.
It was the visitors who extended their lead on 26 mins with the games stand out moment – Clamp supplied Matt Long, he controlled and sent a blast goalwards from 22 yards or so that keeper Richard Stainsby could only get a hand on as it made it’s way into the net – a goal worthy of winning any game.
Rangers were rarely threatening Jordan Worth in the Cooks goal, Tom Smith’s cross was met by Jason Kilbride, the header being off target.
The usual ‘good’ home defence was also having an off day – another ball into the box saw another scramble that Stainsby eventually claimed.
Scott Mooney’s clever play allowed him to feed Charlie Ward, his lay off played in Kilbride but the cross was well defended by the Cooks Dan Smith.
Half Time –Deeping Rangers 0 Cogenhoe United 2
It was the visitors who extended their lead on 57 mins, Long was out wide, he crossed into the heart of home box where the arriving Sean McBride sent his header back into the corner past the helpless sub keeper Danny Bircham..
It was nearly 4, Clamp released Long in behind the home back line but, under pressure from Dan Flack, he skewed the effort wide, the Cooks fullbacks then combined, Smith sending in a cross that Josh Melling could not keep on target.
Clamp again fed Long, he progressed into the Rangers box where Bircham was down smartly to push the ball away, Bircham was up swiftly to save the follow up from Clamp.
Rangers Michael Simpson sent Mooney into the Cogenhoe box where Worth was on hand to make the save.
The consolation came when Mooney freed Flack down the right, his fierce cross was met by Jacob Gartland whose attempt to clear saw the ball shoot up and contact his hand – from the resultant penalty Scott Coupland saw his effort squirm over the line despite the effort of Worth to keep it out (82 mins)
Deeping were close to another, David Burton-Jones sent Flack marauding down the right, his cross was met by Mooney whose header was cleared with the ball falling for Burton-Jones to drive to bring a fine tip over from Worth.
Rangers up and down start to the season continued with this performance and result – they need to pick themselves up for the visit to Boston Town on Tuesday night (29th August) and let’s hope it is better.
Full Time – Deeping Rangers 1 Cogenhoe United 3
Attendance – 53
Referee: David Avison (Tattershall)
Assistants: Zahid Bashir (Peterborough) and Simon Lilley (Spalding)