FOOTBALL: Late strikes boost Rangers, Wakes come unstuck

Close affair: Bourne's Jimmy McDonnell puts his foot in during the 3-2 loss to Wootton. Photo: SG050211-13MD (MIKE DAVISON)
Close affair: Bourne's Jimmy McDonnell puts his foot in during the 3-2 loss to Wootton. Photo: SG050211-13MD (MIKE DAVISON)
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Northampton Spencer 0 Deeping Rangers 2: TWO goals in the last ten minutes made it four wins in six UCL Premier Division games for Rangers.

With a stalemate looking on the cards, Matt Heron broke the deadlock with a trademark cracker on 80 minutes.

From then on Deeping never looked back and substitute Liam Harrold jumped off the bench put the icing on the cake with a decisive second in the closing stages.

The victory is Rangers’ seventh in 17 games since Korkmaz returned to the helm back in October.

Player/boss Korkmaz said: “It was always going to be the sort of game where the team that scored first would win.

“We left it a little bit later than we would have liked, but we did a professional job and the clean sheet is a nice bonus because we are working hard to improve defensively.”

Rangers: Crockett, Gilbert, Ainslie, K Jones, Smitheringale, Heron, Hughes (French), Stevenson, M Jones, Bettinson (Harrold), Hands. Not used: Lomas, McDonough.

Tuesday, Feb 15 - St Neots v Deeping (7.45pm).

UCL Division One

BOURNE TOWN 2 (Mason 51, Lambie 59)

WOOTON BLUE CROSS 3 (Peters 23, Winconek 65 & 70)

AFTER three clean sheets on the spin the Wakes reverted to type with a wretched defensive display.

A Shaun Winconek double fired Blue Cross to glory at the Abbey Lawn, after Dan Mason and Stu Lambie had seen Bourne come from behind to lead 2-1.

Michael Peters’ 23rd-minute strike put Wootton ahead at half time.

Darren Munton’s side now look likely to finish their first season in UCL Division One in mid-table.

The Bourne player/boss said: “To defend like we did after three clean sheets in a row was very disappointing. But then we’ve been a Jekyll and Hyde side all season.”

Wakes: Jarman, Gough, Cardall, McDonnell, Smith (Davis), Jesson, Mason (Munton), Moss, Brockbank (Firth), Gray, Lambie.

Sat - Harborough v Wakes (3pm).