Dunn on target as Rangers get a points at the League leaders
The reverse fixture at the Haydon Whitham Stadium was one of the best games seen there so far this season but for the majority of the first half this game was a tentative affair as ...
fifth placed Rangers visited top of the table Town and neither side threatened the opposing goal in the first 30 mins.
The Swans had a couple of half chances as Harry Stratton’s pass allowed Fazal Koriya to whip in a low cross that the arriving sliding Jordan Spruce could only touch wide, Koriya pounced on a ball on the edge of the box, his shot on the turn causing no trouble to the Rangers goal.
It was Pagnell who made the breakthrough on 34 mins, a long ball was flicked on by Tom Liversedge, Koriya collected and seeing the Deeping keeper slightly off his line chipped the ball from 25 yards to see it loop over Richard Stainsby and dip under the bar.
That was what the game needed and the Clarets stepped it up and levelled on 44 mins with a Scott Mooney beauty - Dan Schiavi’s pass split the home defence to find Mooney, he took the ball on the run before blasting his drive beyond the dive of Town keeper Mark Osbourne from 20m yards.
Half Time –Newport Pagnell Town 1 Deeping Rangers 1
Rangers took the lead within 25 seconds of the restart, Henry Dunn cut inside along the home box, he found Schiavi whose cross picked out Scott Coupland, his original effort hit a defender rebounding to Coupland to feed Dunn, a side step and then he drove it into the far corner past the helpless Osbourne.
Wounded by this Pagnell set about getting the equaliser and they did level on 52 mins, Ollie Wilkinson sent in a low cross into the Deeping box with the ball falling for Liversedge who saw his shot crash against the bar, the rebound was fed back to him in the box where Dan Flack’s attempt to get the ball was deemed a foul, Koriya stepping up to send the ball into the opposite corner to Stainsby’s dive from the spotkick.
Although the game was more competitive chances were rare for both teams and it was the visitors who had the two better opportunities, Schiavi’s corner was headed clear where Charlie Coulson returned it for Luke Hunnings to beat Osbourne to the ball but his flicked header was wide of the target, Hunnings then met Schiavi’s corner in the goal area only to head high.
In the final analysis a draw was possibly the fair result but it leaves Rangers eleven points behind the Swans with 2 games in hand – Pagnell will be the happier as other teams did not capitalise on them ‘dropping’ points.
Full Time –Newport Pagnell Town 2 Deeping Rangers 2
Referee: Jonathan Livingston
Assistants: Anthony Fitch and Stewart Glendenning