10 man Rangers drop points in visit to Sleaford
Rangers succumbed to a late equaliser as the Greens finally made advantage of their extra man following the ...
31st minute red card of Rangers winger Louis Hamilton.
Played on a heavy pitch with some drizzle, the football was not of the highest calibre as the sides battled the conditions.
Deeping started brightly, Dan Flack’s deep free kick saw Luke Hunnings flick on for the arriving Jason Kilbride whose touch was wide of the target, Kilbride turned provider, his curled kick beat the offside with three Clarets attacking the ball, Scott Coupland seeing his touch the wrong side of the upright.
Town skipper Michael Hayden collected from a throw in, he turned to make space for the shot from the corner of the box for Richard Stainsby to save well.
The visitors took the lead on 19 mins, Charlie Coulson fed Coupland, his touch split the home defence for Flack to be in behind the back line, his good cross into the goal area was touched home by Kilbride from 6 yards.
A trip on Clarets skipper David Burton-Jones saw a small melee resulting in Hamilton being dismissed, with Hayden getting a yellow for his part, and this changed the nature of the game as Rangers looked to protect their advantage and keep the home side at bay.
As half time approached a rare chance for the Greens saw a long ball into the Deeping box where Liam Harris looped his header into the hands of Stainsby.
Half Time – Sleaford Town 0 Deeping Rangers 1
Rangers continued to control things with Scott Mooney’s excellent work keeping the pressure on the home defenders as goal threats became even rarer at either end.
Mooney received a throw in, a twist or two created space to drive the ball on target where keeper Garry Doran saved on the post.
Town’s Jack Pemberton’s good cross field pass played Archie Moyses to the goal line where his attempted drive into the box was well defended by Tom Smith.
Rangers were close to doubling their lead, Mooney took a difficult pass, his touch fed Burton-Jones whose advance found Kilbride in the box, a turn for space to shoot where Doran spilled the ball for Pemberton to save his keeper by nicking the ball away from Michael Simpson as both slid in for the loose ball.
Sleaford saw Ben Machin send in a dangerous ball into the visitors box, Hunnings just got a vital touch as Hayden looked to a[apply a finish, from the corner Stainsby’s attempted save saw the ball loop onto the bar for Stainsby to claim from the rebound.
At the other end Mooney chased a long ball, got the better of Pemberton to allow a shot from the edge of the box that Doran gathered at the 2nd attempt.
It looked as though Rangers had done enough but the home side levelled on 87 mins, a foul on Kilbride was not seen by Referee Avison, the resultant free kick for the home side was delivered into the box where Stainsby came through the crowd to punch away, the ball was returned and in the scramble Luke Hollingsworth was on hand to touch the ball home.
Rangers had one more half chance, a poor clearance from the home defence saw Simpson collect 20 yards out, his shot skewed wide as a result of losing his footing as he struck the ball.
The Clarets would have expected more than one point buts as has been seen in the past, a visit to Elsaforde Park is rarely a picnic and certainly not on a damp February day!
Full Time –Sleaford Town 1 Deeping Rangers 1
Sleaford Town: 1. Garry Doran, 2. Archie Moyses, 3. Luke Hollingsworth, 4. Dan Worthington, 5. Jack Pemberton, 6. Leigh Warman (14. Charlie Hart – 80), 7. Ben Machin , 8. Harry Millard, 9. Michael Hayden (Capt), 10. Liam Harper, 11. Liam Harris (12. Jacob Fenton – 63)
Subs (not used): 15.Liam Hargrave, 16. Regan Start, 17. Alex Bowkett
Deeping Rangers: 1. Richard Stainsby, 2. Dan Flack, 3.Tom Smith, 4. David Burton-Jones (Capt.), 5. Luke Hunnings, 6. Chris Hollist, 7. Louis Hamilton, 8. Charlie Coulson, 9. Scott Mooney (12. Dan Schiavi – 89), 10. Scott Coupland (14. Michael Simpson –75) 11. Jason Kilbride
Subs (not used): 15. Henry Dunn, 16. Jonny Clay, 17. Danny Bircham
Referee: David Avison
Assistants: Steven Beswick and Charlie Keats