Deeping Rangers claimed the scalp of United Counties League Premier Division title favourites Spalding with derby success tonight (October 9).
Tulips boss Pat Rayment endured a miserable return to his old Outgang Road stomping ground when seeing his side crash to a 2-0 defeat as Deeping followed up a fine weekend draw at table-toppers St Ives with an even better result.
Wideman Harry Deane played a key role in Spalding’s downfall. He delivered the corner from which Chris Logan broke the deadlock with a power-packed 38th minute header before going from provider to scorer when sealing the points with a cool finish with eight minutes to go.
Alex Beck also hit the post as Rangers were good value for a triumph which leaves them only a point behind their victims in the upper echelons of the Premier Division standings.
“I don’t think anyone could argue that we didn’t deserve that,” said Deeping boss Tuncay Korkmaz. “We were the better side over the 90 minutes.
“Defenders put their necks on the line when they had to and we created the better chances. We took two of them and that was enough to pick up an excellent win.
“It is still early days in the season and you can’t read too much into the result for either team, but I think it was clear there were two of the top sides in the league playing tonight.”
It was a bad night for two other local teams. Northern Star slumped 3-1 at S & L Corby despite an Andy Furnell goal putting them ahead while Huntingdon were beaten by the same scoreline at Newport Pagnell. Latvian hitman Niks Salvanieks scored the Town goal in that clash.
Stamford struck twice in as many minutes to come from behind and earn a valuable Evo-Stik Division One South point.
Midfield ace Danny Brooks and wideman Louis Hamilton were on target late in the first half of a 2-2 draw at Hucknall. It was Hamilton’s first goal after a recent move from Loughborough Dynamo.
March were beaten 2-1 by Thurlow Nunn First Division leaders Cambridge Univeristy Press at the GER.