Dibs leads the way as Rangers draw with Nirvana
Third placed Rangers welcomed top of the table Nirvana to the Haydon Whitham Stadium for what looked to be the Premier Division’s game of the day, ...
and it did not disappoint.
Without three suspended regulars, Deeping looked to maintain their 100% home record but following a good tussle the spoils were shared as both teams limited their opponents to very few goal threats.
Early Rangers pressure saw Dan Schiavi’s corner was defended away back to him by Jahdatin Harper, his second delivery seeing Harper on hand to get the better of the combined efforts of David Burton-Jones and Luke Hunnings, Burton-Jones thrust forward freed Chris Hollist to the goal line where his pull back was dealt with by Harper.
It was the visitors who broke the deadlock on 25 mins, Shaquille Master collected wide, he cut inside to find Daniel Durkin, his shot on the turn clipped a Rangers defender but crept inside the far post.
The lead was short lived as the Clarets levelled on 28 mins, Jonny Clay sent in a free kick into the heart of Nirvana’s box where Burton-Jones beat keeper Philip McCann to the ball to head into an empty net.
Nirvana were close to retaking the lead when Nickesh Javjani’s pass found Durkin, he laid off for Master to drive through the massed box and narrowly wide of the target.
Half Time – Deeping Rangers 1 Leicester Nirvana 1
The visitors came out strong for the second period, Durkin twisted away from Clay’s close attention to send in an inviting cross where Jason Kilbride was able to clear.
Clay was close to giving Rangers the lead when he rose to power his header towards the bottom corner but McCann was down smartly to push away.
Leicester’s Durkin did well to create a low shot that fizzed by the foot of the post.
Clarets Henry Dunn delightful pass split the Nirvana defence to allow Scott Coupland into the box, he evaded the challenge to drive across the goal area marginally in front of the arriving Louis Hamilton.
Nirvana’s cause was made worse on 67 mins as skipper Richard Gerald picked up his second yellow card of the game to be dismissed.
Both side continued to push for the decisive goal but their efforts were dealt with by well organised and resolute defences, Schiavi burst past two Nirvana defenders but the pull back was easily taken by McCann while the last near thing saw Deeping’s Hunnings, under pressure from Farid Yusuf, skew his header wide of his own post.
In the end a fair result that leaves both teams with plenty to play for in the remainder of the campaign.
Full Time – Deeping Rangers 1 Leicester Nirvana 1
Attendance – 107
Referee: Shaun Gregory
Assistants: Damon Pywell and Paul Dobbs