FOOTBALL: Tigers edge out Deeping to reach second semi

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GOALS from Jamie Stevens and debutant Ollie Ryan fired Holbeach United to a 2-1 UCL League Cup quarter-final win over Deeping Rangers on Wednesday night.

The Carter’s Park clash was the first game in over two weeks for both sides, with Rangers starting the better. Speedy winger Josh Moreman fired into the side-netting early on, while Spencer Tinkler saw an effort flash wide.

Dan Flack then sent a 20-yard strike wide at the other end, before Holbeach keeper Leigh Overton was forced to turn Ciaran Holt’s effort around the post.

The deadlock was eventually broken on the stroke of half time, defender Stevens rifling home after Andrew Tidswell’s corner was flicked on by Matt Warfield.

It was two on 63 minutes, new signing Ryan marking his bow with a smart close-range finish.

Matty Evans, playing his last game for Deeping before joining the Army, fired home a cracker on 83 minutes to get Tuncay Korkmaz’s men back in contention, but they couldn’t find a leveller.

John Chand’s Holbeach, who are already in the semi-final of the Lincs FA Senior Trophy, will now host either St Ives Town or Bugbrooke St Michaels in the last four.

Tigers: Overton, Griffiths (Ryan), Jackson, Wilson, J Stevens, Flack, Warfield (Treacher), Kennedy, Tidswell, A Stevens, J Allen.

Deeping: Doughty, Evans, Jackson, Tinkler, Burton-Jones, Weston, Holt, Ginty (Barber), Gilbert (Bradbury), Heron, Moreman.

More to follow.