Glory for Deeping, but Tulips have quick chance for revenge

Spalding celebrate opening the scoring against Deeping.
Spalding celebrate opening the scoring against Deeping.
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FA CUP

Extra Preliminary Round

DEEPING RANGERS 2

(Oliver 88, 89)

SPALDING UNITED 1 (Fuff 19)

TWO goals in the last two minutes from substitute Ryan Oliver saw Deeping player/boss Tuncay Korkmaz knock out his former club.

Korkmaz said: “To be fair, it was important for us to win this game and it helps the bank account of the club.

“We’re not going to win the FA Cup, but we want to keep going as far as we can, and get some momentum behind us.

“We had quite a bit of possession but didn’t create enough until the last ten minutes.”

He said he was not happy with the defending for the Tulips’ goal: “It was a fairly easy set-piece routine. We work on things like that so we should have done better.

“In general, both teams tried to create, and both teams were quite nervous. There was not much difference between the two sides.”

Deeping’s reward is hosting Derbyshire outfit Belper Town in the Preliminary Round on Saturday, September 3.

Spalding manager Andy Stanhope said: “We were in control, I couldn’t fault what the players were doing and I couldn’t see them scoring. We were seeing it out and they weren’t causing us any problems.

“Their first goal was helped by a rush of blood from the keeper. He came out when he didn’t need to come out. At the end we had a chance for Simon Mowbray, but why he didn’t pull the trigger only the lad knows.

“We played ever so well in the first half. Up to the point of a conceding a goal, I was very happy with it.

“It was a good finish for their winner, curled in, but our defence was not tight enough.”

Deeping Rangers: Doughty, Evans, Jackson, Julian, Tinkler, Burton-Jones, Jones, Weston, Battersby (Oliver 79 mins), Heron, Moreman (Gilbert 55). Subs not used: Fenton, Cox and Smitheringale.

Spalding United: McShane, Duncliffe, Earls, Thompson (Ford 85 mins), Fuff, Pawson (Baker 57), French, Dent (Mowbray 74), Harrold, Hughes, Shahin.

n THE two teams who clashed in Saturday’s FA Cup local derby quickly renew their battle in the league tonight (Tuesday), with this time the Tulips being the home side.

In the UCL Premier Division, Spalding hope to gain revenge on their local rivals Deeping Rangers, but it looks like a case of one in-one out for the hosts.

Spalding midfielder Liam Hook returns after his three-match suspension, but Gary Pawson is doubtful with a knee injury.

Tulips manager Andy Stanhope said: “The injury is a long-term thing which Gary has been struggling with for a long time. He has been playing through it but it is getting worse.

“The game is a chance to get our league campaign started.”

Both sides are desperate for points and Lincolnshire bragging rights again, and Deeping player/boss Korkmaz said: “It’s not ideal having the game back-to-back, but we’ll go in full confidence and give it our best. The FA Cup tie was a one-off.”

Wide player Josh Moreman is a big doubt after being stretchered off during Saturday’s tie with an ankle injury. Korkmaz added: “He can put pressure on it, which indicates that it’s not broken. I’ll have a chat about it with him on Monday, to see if it swells up.

“We were concerned and at one stage we were going to call an ambulance. He’s probably out of Tuesday’s game, but we’ve got a strong bench.”

Rangers welcome Dave Cornell back from holiday, while fellow central defender Kris Jones returns from a ban.