Coupland's brace leads Rangers to win over Sleaford
Rangers ran out comfortable winners against a much changed Greens side that slumped to the bottom of the table with this reverse.
Deeping started strongly and quickly had the visitors on the back foot but it was Sleaford’s Archie Moyses who got the first shot on target with a try from 40 yards that home keeper Danny Bircham was swiftly behind.
The home side took the lead on 5 mins, Jason Kilbride got past Alex Bowkett to drive a cross into the Town goal area where ex Green Scott Coupland was on hand to slam home at the far post.
Rangers were now exerting some dominance, Tom Smith’s super ball found Henry Dunn’s run into the box, he laid off to Dan Schiavi who saw his effort land on the roof of the net, Smith played towards Scott Mooney, his dummy allowed Schiavi a free run into the Town box to square for Kilbride, his touch bobbled the wrong side of the post.
Sleaford were getting more into the game, George Couzens sent Dan Worthington free, his cross went through the home box to find Moyses to bring a standard save from Bircham with the shot.
Smith’s cross was met by Kilbride, the header looked to be looping over Garry Doran but the keeper manged to get his finger tips to it to send over the bar.
A long clearance from the Greens was well taken by Michael Hayden on half way, he played Couzens away down the left, and cut back and shot had Bircham making a save, Andrew Hardwick rode to meet Moyses’ curling free kick but there was no direction with the header.
Deeping’s Dunn thrust forward, played a 1-2 with Mooney before setting Coupland with a shooting chance that was smothered by the advancing Doran.
Moyses saw a free kick marginally too high as the Greens continued to threaten, Couzens then got the better of his tussle with Smith to send Moyses free, he saw his cross land on the top of the net at the far post.
Half Time –Deeping Rangers 1 Sleaford Town 0
Rangers quickly asserted control at the start of the second period and scored twice in 6 mins, on 48 mins, Kilbride was sent clear by Mooney, he returned for Mooney to shoot, his shot being parried by Doran where Schiavi was on hand to touch home.
Before Town could settled themselves it was 3, Kilbride’s cross into the box had the visitors defence scrambling for the ball to fall for Coupland to despatch into the bottom corner.
Deeping were now dominant, Mooney thrust forward his pass was met by Kilbride whose effort rebounded off of Doran onto Kilbride and by the post.
The Greens got on the scoresheet on 58 mins, Hayden got to the goal line to cross for Couzens to glance into the far corner past the stranded Bircham.
Town’s Miles Lynch imploded and received two yellow cards within a minute to see his reduced to 10 men.
Rangers continued to search for further goals, Schiavi shot from a tight angle when a cross to the free Mooney looked to be the better option – inevitably the 4th goal soon came. Mooney burst forward, his touch fed Dunn into the visitors box, his shot crashed against the bar with Dunn on hand to head the rebound into the empty net.
Mooney was mightily close as he pounced to shoot past the advancing Doran only to see it rebound from the foot of the post but he got his deserved goal on 79 mins, Schiavi’s teasing cross saw Mooney rise between two defenders to head back into the opposite corner.
Mike Goode introduced two of the youngsters, Scott Waumsley and Rob Conyard, for the last 10 minutes as Deeping were clearly over the line.
Rangers were reduced to 10 on 84 mins as Charlie Coulson picked up his second yellow of the evening for ‘simulation’ – no argument from the player/players.
The Greens run of taking points at the Haydon Whitham Stadium was ended – Deeping left to prepare for the visit of table topping Newport Pagnell on Saturday!
Full Time – Deeping Rangers 5 Sleaford Town 1
Attendance – 85
Referee: Wayne Bright
Assistants: Michael Dunkley and Jack Marsden