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Deeping Rangers beaten in seven-goal thriller at Rugby Town in UCL Premier Division

Deeping Rangers have "a few harsh lessons to learn" after throwing away a two-goal lead.

A stoppage-time strike sent Rugby Town to top spot in the uhlsport United Counties League Premier Division.

Scott Mooney had put the Clarets 3-1 up early in the second period following Cameron Johnson's early penalty and Tom Garrick's far-post header on the stroke of half-time.

Assistant manager Martin Bond said: "In terms of possession and attacking force, Rugby were well on top.

"The extra energy levels and movement meant we couldn't keep our shape.

"We were pretty naive by giving away needless free-kicks when Rugby started getting themselves back into the game.

"We should have shown enough experience to manage the game at 3-1.

"We can't take anything away from Rugby's efforts to come back like that.

"But on the other side of the fence, it's a massive lesson for our boys to learn when we were in such a fantastic position.

"Even taking one point would have been fine. Losing it in the final seconds was very disappointing.

"David Burton-Jones also had a chance to put us 4-2 up with 20 minutes to go.

"Rugby are probably the strongest side physically with so much pace and power going forward.

"It will be another serious challenge for us on Saturday at home to Boston Town who have won seven in a nine-match unbeaten run.

"After winning at Shepshed Dynamo last week in the Knockout Cup quarter-final, we were full of confidence. Now we have to go again after a few harsh lessons at Rugby."

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