FOOTBALL: Cracking comeback fires Deeping into semis

LEVELLER: Alex Beck got the Deeping comeback rolling.

LEVELLER: Alex Beck got the Deeping comeback rolling.

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DEEPING RANGERS 5 OADBY TOWN 1: Delighted Deeping chief Tuncay Korkmaz is hoping for a home tie in the UCL Knockout Cup semi-finals after producing a five-star display to dispatch Division One leaders Oadby on Saturday.

Having fallen behind to Courtney Meade’s 30th-minute opener, Rangers launched a stunning second-half comeback to keep their dream of lifting the trophy for the very first time alive.

Striker Alex Beck levelled on 59 minutes, before defenders Simon Ashton (71), Scott Bogusz (74), Spencer Tinkler (pen 79) and Kevin Gilbert (83) fired the Premier Division high-fliers to glory.

The defeat is Oadby’s heaviest of the season, but Korkmaz felt the tie was tighter than the score suggests and expects to see them in the top flight next year.

“It was a very close game,” said the Rangers supremo. “They are a decent side and caused us quite a few problems – we both had chances.

“I don’t know much about them, but I was impressed.

“Once we got going the chances began to flow and we got the goals our play deserved.

“It’s been a bit of a regular thing for us, we certainly score a lot of goals. We just need to be a little more consistent

“I don’t mind who we get in the semi final, I’d just like a home draw. At this stage of the competition, you have to expect to play the best teams.”

Deeping: Doughty, Flack, Parker, Tinkler, Cartwright (Bogusz 21), Burton-Jones (C Lewis 82), Gilbert, Ginty, Oliver (B Lewis 88), Ashton, Beck.

• Saturday: Harborough v Deeping (3pm).