Wellingborough Town 4 Deeping Rangers 3: A CONTROVERSIAL late double from ex-Ranger Jason Turner put the skids on a stunning Deeping comeback.
Tuncay Korkmaz’s side looked dead and buried at half time, thanks to strikes from Dan Surridge and Mark Cray at Wellingborough.
But the resurgent visitors stormed to a 3-2 advantage with three goals in 22 minutes.
Liam Harrold’s brace levelled matters, before Rob Hughes put them in control.
However, Turner – who started the season with Deeping – bagged twice in the last 12 minutes to fire Wellingborough to all three points.
Deeping boss Korkmaz felt both of Turner’s goals were offside, but praised his side for a stirring comeback.
He said: “That was probably the most entertaining game we’ve been involved in this season.
“I thought we edged the first half, so to come in 2-0 down was a little disheartening. But it was a great response from the lads after the break and we scored three excellent goals.
“We should really have been 4-2 up as well, Liam Harrold missed a great chance.
“After that it was really harsh, the equaliser was definitely offside and I hear the winner was too, although I didn’t have a good view.”
The Turkish tactician is now aiming to finish the season strongly, with four UCL Premier Division fixtures and a Hinchingbrooke Cup semi-final still on the horizon.
He added: “Overall, we’re a few places lower than I’d have hoped.
“But I’m happy with how things are going and hopefully we can get some silverware out of the season.”
Rangers: Crockett, Norman (Heron), Wood, Cornell, Jones, Stevenson, Smitheringale, McDonough, Gilbert, Hughes, Harrold. Not used: Korkmaz.
Goals: Wellingborough - Surridge 8, Cray 20, Turner 78 & 85. Deeping - Harrold 52 & 73, Hughes 74.
• Remaining fixtures: Rangers v Long Buckby (Saturday, 3pm); Wootton BC v Rangers (Hinchingbrooke Cup semi-final, April 7); Raunds v Rangers (April 16); Rangers v S&L Corby (April 23); Blackstones v Rangers (April 25).
BOURNE TOWN 1 (Munton 27)
POTTON UNITED 0
DARREN Munton’s sensational free-kick fired home the only goal to bring an end to Bourne’s six-game losing streak.
The veteran player/boss notched just before the half hour at the Abbey Lawn on Saturday, in what was the Wakes’ fourth game in eight days. With just six games left in their season, the victory helped keep Bourne out of the UCL Division One’s bottom three.
Munton said: “I spotted their keeper had left a big gap at one corner of the target after lining his wall up, so I just smashed the free-kick and luckily enough it flew in.”
Wakes: Jarman, Braithwaite, Jesson, Smith, Rook (N Staffieri), Cardall, Nelson, G Staffieri, Munton (Hood), Brockbank (Dunn), Mason. Not used - Firth, Moss.
• BOURNE missed out on a Hinchingbrooke Cup semi-final date with rivals Deeping Rangers after suffering a 2-1 defeat at Wootton Blue Cross on Thursday night.
Dan Smith turned in a Jack Humphries corner to give the Wakes a 24th-minute lead, but Shaun Winconek levelled from close-range just before the break.
No goals were added in the second half, forcing extra time. A decisive few mintues in the second period of the additional 30 saw Bourne have Craig Rook sent off, Jamie Gerrard save superbly from Darren Munton and Winconek bury an 113th-minute winner.
Wakes: Jarman, N Staffieri, Cardall, Rook, Smith, Jesson, G Staffieri, Moss (Dunn), Munton, Brockbank, Humphries (Shrosbee).
• BEN Bivens hit the only goal as Whitworths saw off the Wakes 1-0 at the Abbey Lawn last Tuesday night.
• Saturday - Northampton ON Chenecks v Wakes (3pm).