RAUNDS TOWN 0 DEEPING RANGERS 2: MARK Jones’ deadly late double made it three victories on the spin for Rangers.
The striker, who hadn’t found the target since February, struck twice in the last 15 minutes on Saturday to secure a Kiln Park success.
Deeping can’t finish any higher – or indeed lower – than their current UCL Premier Division placing of 14th, but they now turn their attention to the Hinchingbrooke Cup.
Tonight’s semi-final at lower-graded Kempston Rovers represents a chance to salvage something from their season.
After a drab first period that yielded little or no action, Tuncay Korkmaz’s men came alive in the closing stages.
Rangers saw a goal ruled out before Jones nodded home the opener on 75 minutes.
Kevin Gilbert was causing Raunds all kinds of problems, but it was Jones who grabbed the second eight minutes from the end, this time with his feet.
The ex-Bourne Town man was close to a treble too, but a couple of super saves denied him.
Rangers now conclude their season with three games in the next seven days.
Deeping: Crockett, Smitheringale, Wood, Jones, Cornell, Stevenson (Leisner), Hughes, Heron, M Jones, Harrold (McDonough), Gilbert. Not used: Korkmaz.
• Tonight – Kempston Rovers v Deeping (Hinchingbrooke Cup semi-final, 7.45pm); Saturday – Deeping v S&L Corby (3pm); Monday – Blackstones v Deeping (3pm).
BURTON PARK WANDERERS 4 (Wisniewski 29, Taylor-Jacob 32, Chapman 52, Humphries OG 80)
BOURNE TOWN 1 (Hood 24)
BOURNE’S mini-revival came to an end on Saturday as their defensive shortcomings were again exposed.
The Wakes threw away an early lead after Seb Hood’s second goal in as many games handed them the initiative on 24 minutes.
But two goals in three minutes from Jack Wisniewski and Curtis Taylor-Jacob put the home side ahead at half time.
Further strikes from Burton’s top scorer Leigh Chapman and an own goal from Jack Humphries then sentenced Bourne to an eighth defeat in 12 UCL Division One games.
That left boss Darren Munton with a familiar feeling, as their three-game unbeaten streak came to an abrupt end.
The player/boss said: “It sums up our season – a couple of good results then back to square one.
“All the goals were avoidable.”
With three games remaining Bourne can still secure a finish in the top half of the table.
Having lost their entire team after last season’s demoted from the UCL Premier Division last season on a ground grading issue, that would represent a decent return for Munton’s cash-strapped charges.
Wakes: Jarman, Moss, Cardall, Hood, Jesson, Mason, Currall (N Staffieri), G Staffieri, Brockbank (Dunn), Leopoldino, Humphries.
• Saturday – Northampton Sileby Rangers v Wakes (3pm); Monday – Huntingdon Town v Wakes (3pm); April 30 – Wakes v Kempston Rov (3pm).