DEEPING RANGERS 1 (Heron 43) NEWPORT PAGNELL TOWN 1 (Armstrong 16): IF ever a game could sum up Deeping’s season, this was it.
Despite falling behind to a freak opener from Richard Armstrong, Rangers hit back to level through the in-from Matt Heron.
From then on Tuncay Korkmaz’s pacy side bossed the pick of Saturday’s UCL Premier Division games (on paper, at least), but failed to find an elusive winner.
Josh Moreman, who was close to his electric best, could have walked away from the Outgang Road clash with a hat-trick, as Deeping fashioned a hatful of presentable chances.
It’s the third game they’ve draw on the spin, leaving player/boss Korkmaz to consider what might have been.
“We had the chances to win, but I’ve said that quite a lot lately,” said the Turkish tactician. “1-1 was about right for the first half, although their goal was very fortunate.
“After that we should have finished them off. Our last three games have all been the same and if we’d won them the league table would look a lot better.
“We played some great stuff, but sometimes that isn’t enough. It was the same story against King’s Lynn away and Long Buckby, we should have taken a lot more points than we have done.”
Deeping started much the brighter at Outgang Road, with man-of-the-match Matty Evans sending an early effort wide.
But they fell behind on the quarter hour in the cruellest of manners.
Armstrong’s hopeful effort cannoned back off the bar and hit keeper James Doughty, before nestling into the back of his net.
The goal shook the hosts, who only threatened from two Moreman free kicks from distance.
However, with half time looming Heron buried his 17th goal of a very productive season to level things up. Kevin Brader’s corner wreaked havoc in the Panell box, allowing the hitman to fire home at the back post.
Dom Lawless fluffed an excellent chance to put the high-flying vistors ahead immediately after the break, but from then on it was all Deeping.
Both Brader and Moreman were guilty of wanting too much time in the box on separate occasions, while the former also mistimed a header from Evans’ superb cross.
The pace of Moreman was Rangers’ biggest threat throughout and he was unfortunate to see another effort tipped wide ten minutes from time.
Striker Scott Ginty also wasted a presentable chance, before that man Moreman was somehow denied a deserved winner by an instinctive Scott McAdoo save from point-blank range in the dying seconds.
Rangers: Doughty, Evans, Jackson, Logan, Julian, Weston, Brader, Burton-Jones, Ginty, Heron (Gilbert 49), Moreman (Tinkler 90). Not used: Holt.
• Tonight: Cranfield v Deeping (Hinchingbrooke Cup, 7.45pm). Saturday: Desborough v Deeping (3pm).