DEEPING RANGERS 2 HARBOROUGH TOWN 0: Table-topping Deeping stretched their unbeaten UCL Premier Division run to 12 games with a comfortable win over basement boys Harborough on Saturday.
Goals in either half from Scott Ginty (36) and Mitch Griffiths (58) did the job for Tuncay Korkmaz’s men, who stay a point ahead of title favourites Spalding United.
Although Rangers are looking like the Tulips’ biggest rivals for the championship, the Turkish boss is refusing to get carried away with his side’s fine form.
He said: “We didn’t score as many goals, but getting a clean sheet is always nice. To be honest, 2-0 flattered them a little – but it doesn’t really matter. It was important that we kept our unbeaten run going. I thought we played very well and it’s nice to stay top of the table.
“But it’s still too early to class ourselves as title contenders. We’ll have to wait until the likes of Spalding have played some of the tougher teams to see how the league shapes up.
“I still believe that a top three finish would be a good achievement for us. This is the best team I’ve had at Deeping in terms of offensive play, but we’ve not achieved anything yet.”
Bizarrely, the start of the game was delayed when the designated referee failed to turn up. With the assistant stepping up to referee and an official rushed in from Blackstones, the game finally got under way.
Dominant from the off, the hosts had to wait until the 36th minute to open the scoring at Outgang Road.
Good play involving Matt Heron, Ondre Odain and Alex Beck saw the ball played back to Ginty, who side footed home from six yards to break the deadlock.
Deeping doubled their lead just before the hour when Beck was played in down the right. He found skipper David Burton-Jones who in turned passed to Griffiths, who cut back inside and shot inside the far post.
Next up for Deeping is a home clash with Kempston Rovers tonight (7.45pm).
The leaders won 3-0 in the reverse fixture earlier this month, but Korkmaz is taking nothing for granted.
He added: “I think 3-0 flattered us a little at their place. They are always a tough side to play against.”
Deeping are without the injured duo Ryan Oliver and Kev Gilbert, but Ciaran Holt and Nicky Young could return from lengthy lay-offs.
Deeping: Doughty, Flack, Parker, Tinkler, Cartwright (Holt 66), Burton-Jones, Griffiths, Ginty, Odain (Moreman 66), Heron, Beck (Bogusz 86). Not used: Oliver, Gilbert.