DEEPING RANGERS 2 (Logan 40, Deane 82): SPALDING UNITED 0: Spalding’s eight-game winning streak disappeared with something of a whimper as Deeping eased to a derby success on Tuesday night.
Chris Logan and Harry Deane struck at the back end of each half to hand Pat Rayment’s Tulips only a second UCL Premier Division loss of the season.
Rangers also become the first team to stop Spalding scoring this campaign – just days after Rayment predicted nobody would be able to blunt his free-scoring side.
The result leaves Deeping just a point behind the promotion-chasing Tulips, who themselves are five points off the pace of leaders St Ives Town.
“I’ll put it down to a bad day at the office,” said former Rangers chief Rayment. “We had six players that I’d rate at four out of ten or lower.
“Credit to Deeping, they deserved their win. They were hard-working and organised.
“I now expect a big response from the team on Saturday. They owe me, the club and our fans big time.”
The Outgang Road clash attracted a healthy crowd of 240 – but it failed to live up to the hype. Deeping were slightly the better side in the first period, but it was Spalding who had the first real chance when James Doughty palmed a fierce Dan Cotton drive away.
David Burton-Jones then side-footed the best chance of the half wide of the far post, before his side grabbed a deserved lead.
Central defender Logan, named man-of-the-match by the home side, rose superbly to power home Deane’s whipped corner on 40 minutes.
That seemed to kick the Tulips into gear, with Chris Hall seeing a powerful close-range strike expertly turned over by goalkeeper Doughty.
Spalding enjoyed their strongest spell in the first 20 minutes of the second half, but Franny Green spurned their best chance to level when he screwed a cracking Tom James cross wide.
But it was Deeping who grew back into the game and they fired two warning shots before wrapping up the points. Alex Beck forced a top save from Lee Drury before rattling a post with a delightful curling effort.
It was Deane, however, who sealed an eye-catching win for the hosts with a cool finish from Burton-Jones’ neat pass on 82 minutes.
Spalding now host Retford United in the FA Vase on Saturday while Rangers welcome Quorn in the same competition (both 3pm).
Deeping: Doughty, Tinkler, Jackson, Logan, Ashton, Holt, Deane, Burton-Jones, Beck (Evans 85), Heron (Brader 50), Lambley. Not used: Waumsley, Wheeler.
Tulips: Drury, Doherty, Earls, Chamberlain, Canoville, Hall (Joyce 73), James, Kennedy, Green, Tolley, Cotton (Steadman 68). Not used: Fuff, Hussey.