DEEPING RANGERS 2 (Gilbert 65, Heron 89) LONG BUCKBY 3 (Koriya pen 18 & 90, Dunkley 66): UNBEATEN Buckby somehow kept their flawless record intact after this roller coaster Outgang Road clash on Saturday.
Deeping looked set to become the first team to take a UCL Premier Division point from them when Matt Heron netted a dramatic 89th minute leveller.
But Fazel Koriya’s second goal of the game in added time broke Rangers’ hearts. The striker latched onto a weak Steve Julian back-header to settle the five-goal thriller.
Koriya had earlier given the visitors a half-time lead from the spot after Deeping wasted three excellent chances early on.
Kev Gilbert eventually levelled matters, but Russ Dunkley put the Bucks back ahead within 60 seconds.
The defeat is Deeping’s second on the bounce – and left player/boss Tuncay Korkmaz deflated.
The Turkish tactician said: “It feels like three points lost. We should have been 3-0 up before they got what I felt was a dubious penalty.
“I’m happy that we’re getting back to something like our strongest side and it’s now all about finding some consistency.”
Crewe Alexandra legend Dario Gradi was among the crowd at Outgang Road. He was watching Deeping striker Mark Jones, who recently enjoyed a trial with the League Two club.
Korkmaz added: “I always want my players to progress. For Dario to come this far to watch the game has to be good news for Mark.”
Deeping: Doughty, Evans, Jackson, Logan, Julian, Weston, M Jones, Burton-Jones, Gilbert (Brader), Heron, Moreman.
• Tonight: Deeping v Sleaford Town (7.45pm); Saturday: Deeping v Cogenhoe Utd (FA Vase, 3pm).