ST IVES TOWN 1 (Miller 50) DEEPING RANGERS 1 (Burton-Jones 54): David Burton-Jones struck a second-half leveller on Saturday as Deeping became only the third team to take points off leaders St Ives.
Rangers took the game straight to their hosts at Westwood Road, with Scott Ginty heading into the hands of the keeper from a Matt Heron cross after just five minutes.
At the other end James Doughty was forced to tip a Karl Gibbs effort over – and in truth Deeping were pleased to go in level at the break.
After an explosive start to the second period yielded a spree of bookings, St Ives grabbed a deserved opener.
Former Spalding United striker Ricky Miller, who has replaced Newport County-bound Conor Washington, blasted home a cracker on 50 minutes.
But Deeping hit back immediately, as Burton-Jones rose to power home a Kevin Brader corner. Rangers then took control and had the better chances to win it – no more so than when Matt Heron forced a stunning stop from Niall Conroy-Owen.
The draw sends Rangers fourth, six points off the top.
Deeping: Doughty; Tinkler, Jackson, Logan, Ashton; Holt, Burton-Jones , Brader (Evans); Ginty, Beck, Heron. Not used: Julian, Waumsley.
• Tonight: Deeping v Spalding Utd (7.45pm); Saturday: Deeping v Quorn (FA Vase, 3pm).
Deeping Rangers player/boss Tuncay Korkmaz admits he’d have taken a point before their trip to St Ives – but reckons they were unlucky not to snatch all three points.
The Turkish tactician said: “Maybe I’m biased, but I came away from the game thinking we did enough to win.
“It’s tough for them, their game was geared towards having Conor Washington. Now he’s gone, they’ll have to figure something out – the same happened to us with Mark Jones and Josh Moreman going.
“Overall we’re sitting nicely in fourth and it’s very close. For me, Holbeach are now the team to beat.”