Sparrow and Cuckoo's upset Rangers nest on miserable night for the Clarets
This eagerly anticipated clash of top v 4th, in front of the season’s biggest crowd for a Rangers home match, suffered as rain from the start made conditions difficult for the teams ...
but it was the visitors who adapted better and proved to be the strongest side, particularly in the first half.
An early chance saw the Cuckoo’s Matt Sparrow drive in a dangerous cross from the goal line that had Dan Flack reacting well to clear the danger in the goal area, while for Rangers Jason Kilbride’s delicate dink ball allowed Scott Mooney in behind the visitors back line, his pull back saw Scott Coupland stretching to get a contact that ran through to Olly Sutton.
Home keeper Danny Bircham pulled off a fine save to tip away Dan Cotton’s curling free kick that was top corner bound.
A neat ball from Mooney split the Yaxley defence to find Sam Hollis, his touch in the box was a bit heavy allowing the visitors to clear, the ball was worked up field, Cotton’s pass allowed Josh Pike to be in the home box to pull his shot wide of the post.
It was the visitors who made the decisive breakthrough on 13 mins, Sparrow nicked the ball from Chris Hollist, he cut inside along the box to drive he shot inside the far post past the despairing Bircham.
The Clarets Kilbride saw his shot on the turn spilled by Sutton with no one around to take advantage, Sutton made amends with a fine save has he back pedalled to tip over Hollis’ curling effort.
Half Time –Deeping Rangers 0 Yaxley 1
The second half was better from the home side but their efforts were rarely allowed to threaten the visitor’s goal as the Cuckoo’s applied solid game management tactics, Deeping’s Flack was freed by Kilbride, he outsmarted Jack Saunders to drive into the goal area where Sam Spencer was on hand to quell the threat.
Late on Yaxley had a good chance to increase their advantage, a loose ball from Hollist was collected by sub Tom Waumsley he sent John-Paul Duncliffe into the box, his touch saw the ball run through to Bircham
Rangers best chance to level came in additional time, Flack’s delicate dink picked out sub Charlie Coulson, he crossed from the goal line and saw Kilbride and Michael Simpson go for the ball, Kilbride glancing his header wide.
Last chance fell to the Cuckoo’s, a loose ball was collected by Joe Butterworth, he freed Waumsley towards goal, his low shot from the edge of the box being tipped away by Bircham’s save.
It was Yaxley, again, who ended Rangers unbeaten run and, with the other results from the weekend, there looks to be a tight 5-6 team contest for the two promotion places as the season concludes
Full Time –Deeping Rangers 0 Yaxley 1
Deeping Rangers: 1. Danny Bircham, 2. Dan Flack, 3. Chris Hollist, 4. David Burton-Jones © (15. Michael Simpson – 60), 5. Luke Hunnings, 6. Jonny Clay, 7. Jason Kilbride, 8. Henry Dunn, 9. Scott Mooney (12. Charlie Coulson – 80), 10. Scott Coupland, 11. Sam Hollis (14. Rob Conyard – 90+3)
Sub (not used): 16. Jack Marsden, 17. Richard Stainsby
Yaxley: 1. Olly Sutton, 2. John-Paul Duncliffe, 3. Josh Pike, 4, Joe Butterworth, 5. Sam Spencer, 6. Ross Watson ©, 7. Matt Sparrow (15. Stuart Wall – 90+1), 8. Liam Hook, 9. Phil Stebbing (12. Tom Waumsley – 73), 10. Dan Cotton (Capt), 11. Jack Saunders (16. Kyle Nolan – 80)
Sub (not used): 14. Scott Carter, 17. James Blake
Referee: Lee Hartley
Assistants: Ben Weldon and Paul Dobbs