Mooney's late late goal earns a point against Oadby
This was the second attempt to play this fixture, the first being abandoned following a half time power failure with Rangers leading 2-0, and was a very different contest ...
as the Poachers came full of confidence that two (away) wins in a week can give as they gave a performance that belied their bottom two League position.
Oadby gave an early indication of their intent as Sam Burton drove in a cross from the goal line that fizzed through the home goal area without a touch being applied.
A good move down the left saw the home side close, Chris Hollist exchanged passes with Sam Hollis to drive to the near post where good defending from Aniyah King nicked the ball away from Scott Mooney, Mooney collected a loose ball and hit goalwards where Poachers custodian Charlie Andrew’s save pushed the ball for Scott Coupland to have sight of goal, his shot brining another good save from Andrew.
Andrew saved his team again as home skipper David Burton-Jones advanced into the box, his shot being saved by the legs of the keeper.
The Clarets had a good chance, a pass from Coupland allowed Jason Kilbride to turn and progress into the box where a good, well timed challenge from King took away the opportunity.
It was Oadby who made the breakthrough on 19 mins, Burton progressed to the goal line to pull back where the lively Harry Allcock was on hand to blast home off the underside of the bar.
This gave the visitors more purpose and they contested the game with more vigour and made Rangers work hard for any advantage, Mooney chased a long in the corner, persistence saw him hold off Ola Ayoola to get in a shot that Andrew saved well.
At the other end Josh Walsh curled in a cross for Carlton Beardmore to head on target for Danny Bircham to claim under the bar.
Deeping had a glorious opportunity as half time approached, Burton-Jones’ pass split the visitors defence to free Kilbride mid goal, his 1 on 1 effort saw Andrew fling out an hand to push the ball away.
Half Time – Deeping Rangers 0 Oadby Town 1
The second half was similar fayre with the home side just having the edge in possession but the visitors continued to provide stiff opposition and always carried a threat on their offensive play, Allcock won the ball and held off the attention of three Claret defenders to bring a fine one handed save from Bircham that spooned up and fell for him to collect.
Coupland threaded a ball through the Oadby back line, Kilbride collected to slide the ball past the advancing Andrew only to see King clear the ball from the goal line, Charlie Coulson’s free kick flew through the Poachers goal area without a touch being applied.
Oadby’s Lamar Parkes cut inside, a 1-2 with Allcock saw a shooting opportunity that was blazed high and wide.
Home Management made some changes, sub Tom Smith, returning after a hamstring injury, curled in a cross, the clearance falling for Burton-Jones to drive on target to see it hit a defender and loop over the bar, Louis Hamilton centred for Hollis to meet, his header glancing wide.
With 90 mins on the clock Rangers levelled, Jonny Clay’s throw in was flicked on by Luke Hunnings where Mooney got in between two defenders to climb a loop his header over Andrew much to the relief of the Clarets camp – it could be said that it was a touch harsh on the young Oadby side but they must be delighted with 7 points on the road in a week.
Rangers were left to rue the power failure as the ‘dropped’ points look to be significant as the season draws to a climax but there is still a lot of football to be played!
The game was also in aid of Prostate Cancer UK and as a result of the donations given, in lieu of a gate fee, Rangers will be passing on a sum in the region of £400 – thanks to all for your contribution.
Full Time – Deeping Rangers 1 Oadby Town 1
Deeping Rangers: 1. Danny Bircham, 2. Dan Flack (15. Louis Hamilton – 72), 3. Chris Hollist (16. Tom Smith – 62), 4. David Burton-Jones ©), 5. Luke Hunnings, 6. Jonny Clay, 7. Jason Kilbride, 8. Charlie Coulson (yellow – 44) (12. Henry Dunn – 62), 9. Scott Mooney, 10. Scott Coupland, 11. Sam Hollis
Sub (not used):, 14. Michael Simpson, 17. Richard Stainsby
Oadby Town: 1. Charlie Andrew, 2. Aniyah King, 3. Ola Ayoola, 4. Josh Walsh (12. Luke Green – 86), 5. Kieran Hefford ©, 6. Abdul Sunmonu, 7. Dan Barber, 8. Lamar Parkes, 9. Harry Allcock (yellow – 85) (14. Ben Parkinson – 87), 10. Carlton Beardmore, 11. Sam Burton
Sub (not used): 16. Nimo Darkwah
Referee: Ian Ruddock
Assistants: Robin Dungworth and Laura Van-Lier
Attendance - 111