FOOTBALL: Rangers return delights Oliver

DREAM DEBUT: Michael Emery and Dan Flack are powerless to stop Ryan Oliver's second goal on Saturday. Photo by NIKKI GRIFFIN

DREAM DEBUT: Michael Emery and Dan Flack are powerless to stop Ryan Oliver's second goal on Saturday. Photo by NIKKI GRIFFIN

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Two-goal Ryan Oliver admits that his dramatic Deeping Rangers debut was a bitter-sweet one.

The former Sleaford Town hitman, who only rejoined Rangers on Friday, jumped off the bench to notch twice in the thrilling 3-3 draw with leaders Holbeach United on Saturday.

His second strike came in the 90th minute and looked certain to be the winner, only for Jason Turner to peg the visitors back.

But Oliver told the Lincolnshire Free Press that he’s just delighted to be back in a Deeping shirt – and felt that a draw was the right result at Carter’s Park.

He said: “It’s great to be back at Deeping, I loved my time there before and I love all the boys there – there aren’t many dressing rooms with the buzz that Deeping has.

“Everyone gets on well are we are friends off the pitch as well as on it.

“So I’m really pleased to be back involved. Scoring two goals on my debut is great and respect to Alex Beck for putting them both on a plate for me.

“I’m disappointed we couldn’t take all three points, especially after taking the lead so late on. Their equaliser tarnished an otherwise great fight back and a very spirited second half.

“But that’s football, you win as a team and lose as a team. Hopefully we can push on and get something from the rest of the season and I’m looking forward to helping the boys hopefully break into the top four.

“Overall looking back a draw was a fair result and I think we’d have taken it before the game and definitely taken it at half time.

“It’s great to see that a draw was disappointing for both sides and just shows what it means to everyone involved at both clubs.

“The gaffer also showed great passion and gave us a bit of a dressing down at full time for not taking all three points.

“It’s now a case of onwards and upwards and I’m already buzzing to get back on the pitch with the lads and get three points next time out.”