WELLINGBOROUGH TOWN 2 DEEPING RANGERS 2: Bemused Deeping chief Tuncay Korkmaz was left fuming with the referee as Deeping were pegged back in this stormy UCL Premier Division draw on Saturday.
Rangers looked to be coasting to a first win in three games when Matt Heron (6) and Dave Burton-Jones (55) put them 2-0 up at the Dog and Duck.
But a nasty incident on the hour saw Wellingborough’s Rashid Koriya sent off for an apparent stamp on Deeping debutante Tom James – and Rangers keeper James Doughty was also given a red card for his part in the fracas.
That meant Lewis Stone had to go in goal – and he was powerless to stop a controversial double from Rob Parker (85 and pen 87).
Turkish tactician Korkmaz said: “It was a bad day overall, not helped by an abysmal referee. I can understand that James Doughty is sent off for looking out for Tom James, who had his head stamped on. But their first goal was a clear handball and the penalty was a joke, an abysmal decision.
“We have to take some blame too, we didn’t create anywhere near enough for my liking. We’re short of ideas in attack and aren’t looking as powerful as we used to.”
Korkmaz now has seven day notices of approach in for Sleaford striker Ryan Oliver and Blackstones hitman Addie Staffieri as he bids to add to his attacking options.
The Deeping player/boss added: “Ryan is a player we know well and he’d give us something a bit different. He’s not been scoring too many goals, but he’d be a great target man.
“Staffieri has done well against us in the past and has a lot of pace. I’ll have to wait and see what happens when I speak to them, but hopefully we can get at least one striker in.”
Deeping: Doughty, Lambley, Jackson, Tinkler, Ashton, Holt, James (Simpson), Burton-Jones, Beck, Heron, Stone.
• Tonight: Bourne v Deeping (Hinchingbrooke Cup, 7.45pm); Sat: Holbeach v Deeping (3pm).