Season review: Deeping Rangers

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The season is not quite over yet for Deeping Rangers.

They head to Huntingdon Town’s Jubilee Park next Monday night to take on Peterborough Northern Star in the Hinchingbrooke Cup final.

Victory would be a fitting way for Tuncay Korkmaz to end his second spell as the club’s manager.

The Turkish tactician is stepping down due to work commitments.

The league campaign came to a close with Deeping only just missing out on two targets set by Korkmaz.

He wanted 60 points and a top-eight finish but they couldn’t quite achieve that.

Last summer Deeping started a new era after a very tough spell.

President Norman Fowler and long-serving secretary Haydon Whitham both died to leave big gaps behind the scenes.

On the pitch, the action kicked off earlier than usual with the Groundhop weekend which attracted a big crowd for the home victory over Harborough Town.

Over the next few months Deeping introduced younger players into the first-team squad and they developed into a side who could pass the ball, entertain and get plenty of goals.

At times, Korkmaz was left frustrated by a number of missed chances and the form was inconsistent.

But to his credit there were no excuses and they continued to play with some style.

So it was a surprise to see them pick up eight red cards – more than anyone else in the Premier Division.

Deeping were definitely not a dirty team and they tried to play what many would call ‘the right way’.

Korkmaz collected the manager-of-the-month award for January with a four-match winning run.

Next week he will look to sign off in style by guiding Rangers to silverware.

APPEARANCES

League games (+ substitute)
Dan Flack 39, Tom Smith 39, Danny Bircham 36, Spencer Tinkler 35 (+1), Joe Braithwaite 32 (+2), David Burton-Jones 30, Jezz Goldson-Williams 28 (+6), Jordan Avis 25 (+8), Scott Ginty 22 (+3), Matt Carter 17 (+11), Jamie Graham 16 (+8), Mohammed Hamid 16 (+4), Ben Lewis 14 (+2), Charlie Coulson 14, Matt Holland 11 (+2), Tom Palmer 9 (+7), Adam Scotcher 9 (+4), Ian Ward 7 (+5), Levi Wright 7 (+5), Matt Heron 6 (+3), Ryan Oliver 5 (+1), Craig Parker 5, Scott Bogusz 3 (+2), James Doughty 3, Matt Sparrow 2 (+10), Liam Tunstall 2 (+4), Chris Logan 2 (+1), Simon Ashton 2, Ben Porter 2, Rob Lee 1 (+4), John Feetham 1, Fraser Sturgess 0 (+3), Connor Pilbeam 0 (+2), Jamie Sharpe 0 (+2), Jack Bates 0 (+1), Sam Thompson 0 (+1).

GOALS

Goldson-Williams 16, Burton-Jones 7, Avis 5, Braithwaite 5, Hamid 5, Tinkler 5, Ward 4, Flack 3, Lewis 3, Wright 3, Coulson 2, Ginty 2, Graham 2, Parker 2, Scotcher 2, Heron 1, Holland 1, Oliver 1, Palmer 1, Smith 1, Sparrow 1.

OVERALL RECORD

P52 W25 D8 L19 F97 A71