HOLBEACH UNITED 2 DEEPING RANGERS 3: Spencer Tinkler struck a dramatic late winner as Deeping came from behind to snatch all three points at Carter’s Park on Wednesday night.
The defender pounced to fire home a back-post finish in the fourth minute of added time after the Tigers struggled to deal with a corner.
Hosts Holbeach thought they’d snatched an unlikely point when Liam Tunstall looped home a stunning leveller two minutes from time in the UCL Premier Division clash.
Matt Heron (55) and David Burton-Jones (80) had earlier put the visitors in front, cancelling out Matt Warfield’s early penalty (8).
The South Lincolnshire derby was explosive from the off, with the home side starting much the better.They went ahead when clever play from Julian Joachim drew a foul from Simon Ashton, allowing skipper Warfield to coolly slot a spot-kick past James Doughty.
Curt Yeatman then lashed a back-post effort straight at the Deeping number one, as Glen Maddison’s men threatened to extend their advantage.
Rangers slowly grew into the game though - and they almost grabbed a controversial leveller when Mitch Griffiths squared for a free Heron, who could only slide wide from six yards.
The ball had clearly gone out in the build-up, much to the annoyance of the Tigers’ bench.
Former Holbeach favourite Tommy Treacher then had a chance to level before the break following a wayward pass from Nick Bishop. But he couldn’t get any power on his strike and Leigh Overton saved comfortably.
If the first period was largely even, it was one-way traffic after the break as Rangers were camped out in the Holbeach half.
Overton was forced to deny Burton-Jones from point-blank range, before Heron finally hauled the visitors wide ten minutes in. Scott Ginty’s deep corner was perfect for the big frontman, who headed in via the woodwork.
Heron then drilled a low effort inches wide of the far post, before Overton was forced to palm away a goal-bound Lewis Sturman clearance and concede an indirect free-kick ten yards out.
Although Heron’s strike was blocked by the wall, Deeping threw the ball back in and Griffiths bundled the ball home… only for the goal to be ruled out for a foul on Overton.
The Holbeach goal continued to live a charmed life when sub Kev Gilbert headed a Griffiths cross off the outside of the far post.
There was brief respite for the hosts when Yeatman saw a goal-bound piledriver blocked, but Deeping finally got their noses ahead seven minutes from time.
It was skipper Burton-Jones who fired his side ahead, beautifully stroking a side-footed effort into the far corner from just outside the box.
But just when you thought it was game over, Tunstall plucked a leveller right out of the top drawer.
Having beaten a man, the Holbeach hot-shot sent a stunning outside-of-the-boot strike high into Doughty’s top corner from the left-hand side of the box to lift the roof off Carter’s Park.
There was a sting in the tail though, with Tinkler reacting first to bury the winner from another Deeping corner.
Hosts Holbeach were left fuming, with keeper Overton clattered seconds before the ball hit the net.
They couldn’t complain about the result though, with Deeping very much deserving of the three points - which sent them back up into second in the table.
Rangers boss Korkmaz said: “I think that, in the end, the best team won. We had a lot of the game - especially in the second half - and really should have been more clinical.
“I don’t think Holbeach can have any complaints about the winner. If anything, we should be angry about Mitch Griffiths’ disallowed goal.
“Overall it’s job done. It was a good game, which we deserved to win.”
Holbeach: Overton, Murrell (Reeson 60), Relf, Sturman, Braithwaite, Bishop, Ogden, Warfield, Joachim, Law (Tunstall 70), Yeatman (Waumsley 82). Not used: Hollingworth, Johnson.
Deeping: Doughty, Flack, Parker, Tinkler, Ashton, Burton-Jones, Griffiths, Ginty (Gilbert 73), Treacher (Oliver 73), Heron, Beck (Odain 85).