NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Deeping Rangers in seventh heaven

Scott Mooney scored a hat-trick for Deeping.
Scott Mooney scored a hat-trick for Deeping.
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There were goals galore at Outgang Road last night (December 15) as Deeping Rangers won the Lincolnshire derby against Harrowby United in the UCL Premier Division 7-3.

The goal action started as early as the second minute when David Burton-Jones’ free-kick was tipped onto the post by Jonny Hotson and Scott Mooney reacted quickest to give the home side the lead.

Harrowby were on level terms 10 minutes in with a solo effort from Scott Webb who left a trail of defenders in his wake as he cut in from the left before shooting low past Danny Bircham.

Deeping regained the lead after 21 minutes as Scott Coupland swept home Will Bird’s delivery from the right.

Harrowby equalised for a second time after 26 minutes. Simon Bolland played Danny Durkin in behind the home defence and he crossed for Fraser Bayliss to score at the second attempt after Bircham saved his initial effort.

Ten minutes before the break Rangers regained the lead, Bird’s pass playing in Mooney to round Hotson and slot home.

There was no let up in the action on resumption, and the Arrows scored a third equaliser five minutes into the second period, Webb’s clever pass inside a defender finding Bayliss who steered his shot just inside Bircham’s left hand post.

The key moment in the game arrived four minutes past the hour. Henry Dunn’s low 25-yard drive found the bottom right corner of the Arrows net only for the assistant to raise his flag for offside. The referee overruled him and the goal stood to the consternation of the visitors.

Ten minutes later Deeping had breathing space as Mooney evaded two challenges and steered a low shot under Hotson to complete his hat-trick.

Harrowby’s woes mounted after 76 minutes when a swift Deeping counter-attack saw Mooney send Coupland clear only to be brought down by Hotson who was red carded. Burton-Jones sent sub keeper Nathan Jessop the wrong way from the spot.

Deeping made it seven with two minutes remaining, Burton-Jones intercepting an Ian Hillier pass and sending Coupland clear of a tiring defence. Jessop saved his first shot but the home striker followed up to tap home.

In the final minute Coupland was denied a hat-trick by the post.

The Hinchingbrooke Cup quarter-final between Peterborough Sports and Godmanchester Rovers was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at PSL.