DEEPING RANGERS 3 (M Jones 35 & 73, Moreman 90) HOLBEACH UNITED 1 (Allen 11): TUNCAY Korkmaz hailed Deeping’s “best result of the season” as the Tigers were sent crashing out of the FA Vase on Saturday.
The Rangers player/boss saw his depleted side battle back from a goal down at Outgang Road, with Mark Jones’ double continuing his red-hot streak and Josh Moreman capping his return in style.
Holbeach had earlier taken the lead through Jonny Allen’s deflected strike, but individual errors from keeper James Lambley and ex-Deeping defender Ben Brown cost them dear at a ground they haven’t won at since 2004.
“We’d have to go to King’s Lynn and win to top this result,” said Korkmaz, who was missing a host of first team regulars.“Holbeach are one of the best sides in the division, credit to John Chand for building such a good team.
“So to beat them with the problems we have is a great feeling, the best result of the season for sure. There wasn’t much between the teams, but we showed guts and determination to get the job done.”
Missing keeper James Doughty, skipper Adam Weston, David Burton-Jones and Matty Evans, Deeping went into the game as massive underdogs. They started well though, with Jones’ free kick deflected inches over his own bar by Brown.
But the writing looked to be on the wall when Allen fired home the opener 11 minutes in. The midfield ace capitalised on the hosts’ failure to clear a corner – and although Ash Stevens claimed he touched the strike before it hit the net, Holbeach have given to goal to Allen.
Mitch Griffiths really should have doubled the lead on the half hour, but he dragged an effort wide at the near post when clean through.
It proved costly for the Tigers too, as moments later Moreman skinned Adam Jackson and delivered a cross for Jones to bundle home the leveller from close range.
Griffiths then forced a smart stop from Jamie Lowndes, as the sides went in level at 1-1.
The second period failed to live up to expectations. Holbeach bossed possession, with Luke Kennedy pulling the strings, but failed to create any clear-cut chances.
That being said, they really should have been awarded a penalty midway though the half. A bursting run from Andrew Tidswell was brought to an end by a scything Spencer Tinkler tackle that looked for all the world a spot kick.
Amazingly, none of the Holbeach players even appealed – and the referee simply pointed for a goal kick.
It proved a costly moment for the Tigers, as they then fell behind 15 minutes from time.
A looping cross from Adam Fenton looked to have Lambley’s name written all over it, but he dropped the ball under pressure from Jones, allowing the hitman to tap home his 13th goal of the season into an empty net.
The Tigers pushed on and Kennedy stung the palms of Lowndes from distance, but another error allowed Deeping to book their passage.
Brown was robbed by Moreman, allowing the speedy striker to race clear and slot past Lambley.
Disappointed Tigers boss Chand said: “I thought we bossed the first half and should have had a definite penalty on Tidswell.
“But the goals we conceded in the second half were calamitous and we can have no complaints.
“It’s frustrating, but we just have to move on from this. Good luck to Deeping, I hope they go all the way.”
Deeping’s reward is a home tie with UCL rivals Cogenhoe United in round two – with the winner banking £1,200.
Deeping: Lowndes, Tinkler, Fenton, K Jones, Julian, Gilbert, M Jones, Cox, Battersby (Jackson 74), Heron, Moreman. Not used: Leisner, Waumsley, Korkmaz.
Tigers: J Lambley, L Lambley, Brooks (Jackson 30), Kennedy, Brown, J Stevens, Allen, Lewis, Tidswell, A Stevens, Griffiths (Treacher 81). Not used: Keeble, Warfield, Overton.