NEWPORT PAGNELL TOWN 2 DEEPING RANGERS 8: Tuncay Korkmaz hailed one of the best results of his Rangers reign as they smashed eight past title rivals Newport Pagnell on their own patch.
Alex Beck bagged an incredible five-goal haul as Deeping went goal crazy on Saturday, while strike partner Ashley Stevens helped himself to a 12-minute hat-trick in the first half.
The impressive Willen Road romp will send shock waves throughout the UCL Premier Division – and lifts Korkmaz’s men back above their hosts into fifth in the standings.
Having been so wasteful in Tuesday’s 2-1 loss at Kempston Rovers, this was the perfect response from Deeping’s talented charges.
“I’ve been in and around the UCL for a long time now – and I can’t remember anyone doing this to Pagnell at their ground,” said delighted Turkish chief Korkmaz. “I’ve been very critical of my team in recent games, but it all came together perfectly.
“Maybe I’d have preferred to score some of those goals against Kempston, but we had such a great goal ratio. Taking eight out of 12 chances is impressive. Beck and Stevens were great, they are really playing with confidence now.
“But what’s that English saying...one swallow doesn’t make a summer? We need to build on this and push on for a top five finish.”
Deeping’s incredible goal spree began five minutes in, with Stevens (pictured above)profited from poor goalkeeping to net a scrappy opener. Three minutes later it was 2-0, Beck turning smartly on the edge of the box before hammering his first into the corner.
Number three arrived just before the quarter hour when Stevens applied the finishing touches to Harry Deane’s cross. The ex-Spalding striker then made it 4-0 three minutes later, steering Chris Logan’s goal-bound effort into the net.
Sam Maude pulled one back from 30 yards, but after the break it was all about Beck. He finished off a neat move involving Matt Heron and Dave Burton-Jones on the hour, then completed his treble from a 73rd-minute scramble.
Pagnell sub Joel McCormick (78) did fire another consolation, but Beck (87) soon notched his fourth following fine work from Scott Ginty and Burton-Jones. Not content with that, the Rangers ace grabbed his fifth in added time, completing a stunning display.
There’s more good news for Deeping off the pitch too, with Heron deciding to turn down a move to rivals Holbeach United.
Deeping: Doughty, Tinkler, Jackson, Logan, Ashton (Heron), Lambley, Deane (Waumsley), Burton-Jones, Stevens (Ginty), Holt, Beck. Not used: Evans, Julian.