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New Clarets signing Sparrow scores on debut to give his side a share of the spoils




Deeping Rangers assistant manager Leigh Porter admitted that some strong words were needed to bring about an improved second half display and avoid defeat at Rothwell Corinthians.

The Clarets handed debuts to ex-Holbeach United youngster Jack Keeble and Matt Sparrow, brought in from Stamford and Yaxley respectively.

But Porter explained that tough weather conditions and a difficult pitch threatened to nullify Deeping's passing game which has put them on top of the Premier Division's scoring chart with 43 goals.

Jack Keeble made his debut for Deeping Rangers at Rothwell Corinthians.
Jack Keeble made his debut for Deeping Rangers at Rothwell Corinthians.

It was Sparrow's strike early in the second half that salvaged a point for the Clarets after they had conceded the opener before half time.

Porter said: "The first half performance wasn't acceptable and, from our point of view, we were quite direct with the lads at half time in reiterating what we expected from them.

"Our performance in the second half was much better and if the game had gone on a bit more, we would have nicked it.

Leigh Porter, assistant manager at Deeping Rangers.
Leigh Porter, assistant manager at Deeping Rangers.

"The weather was horrendous and the pitch was difficult ,so it was one of those games where we've had to fight hard to get the point and still be where we want to be.

"But it was the same for both sides, although the slope in the pitch and the sande on it meant that it was never going to suit our style of play.

"We said to the lads that the team which worked the hardest would get the three points, but we didn't do well in the first half.

"If you were a neutral watching the game, you would say that it was no surprise that we went in at half time 1-0 down.

Matt Sparrow scored on his debut for Deeping Rangers at Rothwell Corinthians. (21311389)
Matt Sparrow scored on his debut for Deeping Rangers at Rothwell Corinthians. (21311389)

"They had a break down the left and it was a good finish from them.

"We lacked width and little bit of pace until Matt Sparrow started to look dangerous and our goal came from the right side.

"Our players had been told about picking up the first and second balls so when we did win the ball, Matt struck one from outside the area and the goalkeeper had no chance.

"It was a whole new right side of players on the pitch for us, but we still want our players to be tight at the back.

"We want to win every game we play before the end of the season and if we do that, we'll get promoted and win cups."


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