Deeping nosedive to draw with Doughboys

Deeping Rangers players celebrate Charlie Coulson's opening goal against Wellingborough Town at the Haydon Witham Stadium.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Deeping Rangers players celebrate Charlie Coulson's opening goal against Wellingborough Town at the Haydon Witham Stadium. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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If Deeping Rangers fans were expecting their players to get a tongue-lashing after a 3-3 draw with Wellingborough Town in the UCL Premier Division, they were to be left disappointed.

Rangers boss Tuncay Korkmasz instead chose to leave the Haydon Witham Stadium looking at the positives from a game where his side were 3-0 up, with half an hour to play, only to see their hopes evaporate into two points dropped.

But there are exceptional circumstances to what appears to have been a spectacular Rangers collapse, with the Turkish tactician only able to name two substitutes and having to start the game with two 18-year-olds, wingers Matthew Carter and Charlie Coulson.

The home side started well enough when, on eight minutes, Coulson was put through to finish coolly past Doughboys keeper Aaron Bellairs.

A minute later, former Blackstones striker Adam Scotcher was set up by Coulson, only to see his shot saved by Bellairs with his legs.

Missed chances were to cause Deeping’s demise, but not before Wellingborough had hances when a Jake Newman free kick went wide, Joe Rich crossed to Joe Bloomfield whose header missed the target and Alfie Taylor got free of Rangers’ defence , only to put his shot past the post.

Newman could have equalised on 23 minutes when his attempted lob was tipped onto the bar by Dan Bircham and the Deeping stopper was called into action again when, a minute later, Dan Spaughton shot straight at him from 25 yards.

Scotcher should have made the Doughboys pay on 30 minutes when a sharp counter-attack ended with him sliding a low shot wide.

Then Avis lobbed a Goldson-Williams lay-off over the Wellingborough bar before David Burton-Jones showed his team-mates how things should be done to make it 2-0, although his 20-yard free kick was helped in by a bad mistake from Bellairs.

Matt Carter nearly made it 3-0 when a curling effort was saved by Bellairs who was then booked on 38 minutes from bringing down Goldson-Williams.

That yellow card was to prove costly for the Doughboys later in the game, but not before Goldson-Williams made it 3-0 to Deeping on 50 minutes when he finished off a move started by Carter and Scotcher.

Even when Alfie Taylor got a goal back for the Doughboys on the hour mark, no one could have foreseen anything other than a Deeping win.

But two penalties in the final 15 mad minutes, both of them stuck away by Newman, left Korkmasz to ponder how his side didn’t win a game where Doughboys keeper was sent off after picking up a second yellow card for bringing down Goldson-Williams - again.