Emirates FA Cup extra preliminary round - Deeping Rangers 6 Boston Town 1
The magic of the FA Cup was certainly on show at the Haydon Whitham Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Scott Coupland claimed a hat-trick in another goal bonanza by Deeping Rangers who struck seven times last midweek.
This time they settled for six with half of those coming inside a sensational five-minute spell before the break.
Billy Oliver had already smashed a long-range shot off the bar before he opened the floodgates by heading home Dan Flack’s superb right-wing cross.
Dan Bircham pulled off a couple of saves from Matt Kennedy and Alex Beck to protect that advantage.
The lead was doubled as Coupland’s corner fell very kindly inside the six-yard box for Scott Mooney to poke the ball over the line.
Fraser Sturgess struck a post but the rebound was tucked in by Coupland who immediately made it 4-0 by bursting clear for a clinical finish.
On the counter-attack from Boston Town’s corner just seven minutes into the second half, Coupland found Flack in space down the right wing and Deeping’s stand-in skipper fired home.
Former Spalding United winger Matt Kennedy beat Bircham inside his near post with a left-footed shot.
However, you could not even claim that was any real consolation for the Poachers with the result still beyond doubt.
Rangers restored a five-goal lead when Coupland got free again to send a low effort past ex-Deeping number one James Doughty.
That took Coupland’s tally to five goals in three home games since his move from Sleaford Town.
On this evidence his role can continue to cause plenty of problems and create more goalscoring chances in the ‘hole’ between midfield and the centre-forward.
Following the opening-day disappointment of a 1-1 draw with Sileby Rangers, the response by Deeping has been hugely impressive with 13 goals.
Of course, these are still early days so we can’t judge whether they will improve on last season’s efforts.
But it appears Michael Goode and his coaching team are happy to maintain the free-flowing style which made them very entertaining to watch under Tuncay Korkmaz.
Goode could afford to miss this win while on holiday and he may have a few selection issues when experienced players come back into the squad.
Two home wins had put Boston on top of the league table for all those foolish enough to take any notice at this stage.
Yet they were no match for Deeping who collect the £1,500 prize money and go on to face Dereham Town on August 29.
4-4-1-1: Bircham 7; Porter 7 (sub Carter 89 mins), Lewis 7, Cotton 7, Marsden 7; Flack 8, L Avis 7, Oliver 7, Sturgess 7 (sub Goldson-Williams 72 mins); Coupland 9 (sub J Avis 87 mins); Mooney 7.
4-2-2-2: Doughty; Lambley (sub Wightwick h-t), Ashton (sub Borbely h-t), Jackson, Parker; Fleming, Wood; Eyett, Kennedy; Beck (sub Ford 52 mins), Battersby. Subs not used: Clare, Basker.
Oliver (15 mins, 1-0); Mooney (32 mins, 2-0); Coupland (35 mins, 3-0); Coupland (36 mins, 4-0); Flack (52 mins, 5-0); Kennedy (60 mins, 5-1); Coupland (73 mins, 6-1).
Scott Coupland – who else?!
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