Deeping delight at five-star Semple

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FORMER Posh star Ryan Semple produced an incredible scoring feat for Deeping Rangers last night.

FORMER Posh star Ryan Semple produced an incredible scoring feat for Deeping Rangers last night.The livewire winger fired all five goals as Rangers continued their rapid ascent of the United Counties Premier Division standings with a 5-0 romp at struggling Sleaford.

The Semple show began after only seven minutes and he doubled the Deeping lead midway through the opening period.

He completed his treble after 65 minutes but showed Sleaford no mercy as he continued to terrorise their rocky defence to grab two more goals.

But boss Tuncay Korkmaz was quick to insist this was no one-man show.

He said: "We knew Sleaford had some weaknesses and were confident that we could use Ryan's pace to exploit them.

"He was popping up all over the place and Sleaford couldn't handle the ball over the top from him to run onto.

"Ryan will deservedly get the headlines because scoring five goals in a game is a brilliant achievement, but this was an excellent team performance from one to 11."

Semple (who had not found the net since the opening day of the season) is not the only Deeping player to get among the goals in style lately . . . a couple of weeks ago Ashley Stevens scored four in a 5-2 rout of Boston Town.

YAXLEY boss Gary Clipston saw Dan Jacobs set his side on the way to a 2-0 triumph over lowly Bourne at Leading Drove last night – now he is praying the classy wideman won't end his Cuckoos career today.

Jacobs is considering an offer to join Stamford and has promised to deliver his decision to Clipston by tonight.

"Obviously we can't compete with the kind of money that Stamford could offer Dan and I feel sure he could easily handle playing at a higher level," said Clipston. "He is thinking it over today and will let me know either way tonight.

"I only hope that he decides to stay with us where he is having a cracking season."

Jacobs broke the deadlock against battling Bourne when intercepting a back-pass, dancing round keeper Aaron Bellairs and firing home.

A smart free-kick from Ricky Hailstone two minutes before the break doubled Yaxley's lead, but Clipston was full of praise for their victims.

"Bourne are a lot better side than their recent results suggest," he added. "They had the better of the first 15 to 20 minutes and battled well.

"But we did miss a lot of chances and could have had a few more ourselves."

Bourne's performance was a marked improvement on their 7-2 weekend demolition by reigning champions Stotfold for which the Wakes players were not paid.

Blackstones were beaten 3-0 at Boston in the same division while Spalding went out of the Unibond League Presidents Cup after a 3-2 defeat at Brigg.

The Tulips twice held the lead courtesy of midfielder Luke Kennedy and frontman Ricky Miller, but were still eliminated.

WISBECH boss Steve Taylor enjoyed a triumphant return to Haverhill last night.

The Fenmen roared to a 3-0 success in the Ridgeons Premier Division to leave their manager chuffed to bits.

A classy Jason Pease free-kick gave Wisbech the edge and Stuart King doubled their lead before the interval.

Central defender Anthony Reeve completed the scoring in the second period.

Taylor said: "I couldn't have asked for any more than a win at my old stomping ground and a first league clean sheet of the season.

"We really seem to have turned things around since losing so badly to Dereham the other Saturday in our last game at Fenland Park.

"We've now had three good away results since then and scored nine goals in the process which can't be bad."

Former Wisbech captain Paul Cousins made his return to the club last night after rejoining from Dereham.

HUNTINGDON chairman Hans Reif expects to have a new manager in place by next weekend.

Town – who are bottom of UCL Division One – are hunting for a new boss after Daren Young resigned at the weekend.

Reif said: "We have got a few days to get things sorted but at the moment we are leaning towards appointing from within."