Deeping Rangers 2 Oxhey Jets 0
Deeping Rangers left the Jets trailing in their slipstream as they moved into the last 64 of the FA Vase on Saturday.
Boss Tuncay Korkmaz used his renowned tactical nous to change formation after the break and the more attacking outlook paid dividends on 54 minutes when Jezz Goldson-Williams saw his goal-bound header helped into the net by the unfortunate Tyler Connor.
Former Bourne Town striker Goldson-Williams, who had missed a couple of chances earlier on, made sure of victory when finding the net in the 81st minute.
Korkmaz said: “It was a good result and it was nice to keep a clean sheet. We weren’t at our best in the first half but we changed formation after the break and we got it together to get a deserved win.
“The first goal was important because they had just come to defend and when the first one went in they had to open up a bit.
“I thought the first goal was Jezz’s rather than an own-goal. He had a good game. He worked extremely hard and he has the pace to scare defenders, although he missed a couple of chances.
“It was nice to see Jamie Graham playing well in his first start for about six weeks. Injuries and work commitments had kept him out and we also had a couple of games called off. He has been on the bench for the last three games but this was his first start for a while and he did well.
“The back four played very well which meant our keeper didn’t really have a shot or cross to deal with.”
Deeping host Wisbech Town in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League’s Premier Division on Tuesday night with Korkmaz expecting a real test.
He said: “On Saturday Oxhey just came to defend but Wisbech will give us a tough game and, given their recent form, they will be more attack-minded than Oxhey were.”
Adan Scotcher, who was cup-tied on Saturday, will return to a full-strength Deeping squad.
Deeping: Bircham, Flack, Smith, Tinkler, Braithwaite, Burton-Jones, Carter, Coulson, Goldson-Williams, Graham, Avis.