Tuncay’s Rangers were real entertainers

Deeping Rangers' boss Tuncay Korkmaz.  ANL-140421-181506001
Deeping Rangers' boss Tuncay Korkmaz. ANL-140421-181506001
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Five different players reached double figures in the league alone as they enjoyed a season they can be proud of.

Fourth place in the league and their first knockout cup final represents progress for Tuncay Korkmaz’s side.

Deeping Rangers striker Alex Beck.  ENGEMN00120131212165307

Deeping Rangers striker Alex Beck. ENGEMN00120131212165307

The Turk has built a squad that likes to play good football but isn’t afraid to mix it when needed.

Having lost at home to Rushden and Diamonds on the opening day of the season, Deeping bounced back in style.

Alex Beck scored the first of his four hat-tricks to inspire an 8-2 victory at Sleaford and that kickstarted an unbeaten run of 15 league games of which they won 13.

In fact, Rangers went to the top of the table in October when Spencer Tinkler - a defender who also weighs in with his fair share of goals - set them on their way to a 2-0 win at home to Sleaford. Kevin Gilbert’s sole goal of the season sealed the points that night.

During that run, Deeping’s strikers went to town as they scored eight goals on three occasions with a couple of sevens and a pair of sixes.

The remarkable thing about those seven and eight-goal hauls is that they all came away from Outgang Road with Josh Moreman - back at the club after a spell at Corby - adding further quality to a side that was already pushing for honours.

They were denied a tenth successive league win when Boston Town battled back to earn a point, those dropped points coming just three days after they had turned on the style when smashing Desborough 8-1.

Deeping were held to a goalless draw by Cogenhoe - the only side Rangers didn’t score against this season - but responded superbly as Ryan Oliver banged in four goals in an 8-3 demolition of Newport Pagnell. It was the second successive season they had scored eight goals there and they took their tally to a dozen against them this season when they beat the same opposition 4-0 two weeks later.

In between those two Newport Pagnell games though came an end to their unbeaten run, Michael Boyle-Chong popping up just a minute from time to give Wellingborough all the points.

December started impressively as a Beck treble helped them to a 7-0 victory away to Northampton Sileby Rangers but their only other two games ended in defeat - a surprise 3-1 reverse at Yaxley being followed by a more predictable 3-0 Boxing Day loss at Spalding.

Deeping showed they can match the big clubs as they held the high-flying Tulips for the first half but three second-half goals and the first of three red cards Mitch Griffiths received during the season eneded any hopes of pulling off a victory.

Griffiths proved useful in front of goal this season and Rangers could have done without missing him through suspension but they remainedin contention for a top two spot for most of the season.

They went through March unbeaten and extended that run into the first four games of April but there were too many draws during that 10-game run to keep the pressure on Huntingdon.

The 2-2 result at Boston Town was the most frustrating of those draws as Rangers were 2-0 ahead thanks to Oliver’s double and up against 10 men but they allowed the hosts to battle back for a point.

Oliver finished the season in excellent form, hitting six goals in four April games before the final day defeat to champions Spalding to pip Beck to the honour of the topping the club’s scoring charts.

Korkmaz was rightly proud of his team’s efforts, saying: “We have to be pleased with the progress we have made. We picked up 75 points from 36 games, which is just one less than we got last year in a 40-game season. We also finished one place higher and have made it through to a cup final so full credit to the players, it’s been a good season for us.”

Deeping’s league results

Aug 8 H Rushden 2-3 Parker, Heron

Aug 13 A Sleaford 8-2 Beck 3, Tinkler, Heron, Odain 2, Griffiths

Aug 24 H Wellingborough 3-0 Oliver 2, Heron

Aug 27 H Wisbech 4-1 Oliver, Griffiths, Heron, Odain

Sept 14 H Stewart & Lloyds 4-0 Griffiths 2, Flack, Tinkler

Sept 18 A Holbeach 3-2 Heron, Burton-Jones, Tunstall

Sept 28 A Long Buckby 7-2 Beck 3, Tinkler, Oliver, Griffiths, Burton-Jones

Oct 1 H Sleaford 2-0 Tinkler, Gilbert

Oct 5 A Kempston 3-0 Oliver, Odain 2

Oct 12 A Desborough 8-1 Moreman 2, Beck 3, Griffiths, Oliver 2

Oct 15 H Boston Town 1-1 Oliver

Oct 19 H Long Buckby 6-1 Griffiths, Moreman, Heron 2, Beck, Odain

Oct 26 H Harborough 2-0 Ginty, Griffiths

Oct 29 H Kempston 6-3 Moreman 2, Griffiths 2, Burton-Jones, Heron

Nov 2 A Cogenhoe 0-0

Nov 16 A Newport Pagnell 8-3 og, Heron, Beck, Moreman, Oliver 4

Nov 23 H Wellingborough 1-2 Moreman

Nov 30 H Newport Pagnell 4-0 Tinkler, Ginty, Moreman, Bogusz

Dec 7 A Northampton Sileby Rangers 7-0 Bogusz, Braithwaite, Beck 3, Young, Moreman)

Dec 13 A Yaxley 1-3 Griffiths

Dec 26 A Spalding 0-3

Jan 18 A Harborough 2-1 Tinkler, Flack

Feb 4 A Peterborough Northern Star 4-0 Moreman 2, Heron, Griffiths

Feb 15 H Cogenhoe 0-2

Feb 22 H Peterborough Northern Star 1-1 Ginty

Mar 1 H Desborough 5-1 Burton-Jones, Ginty, Oliver, Griffiths, Tinkler

Mar 4 H Huntingdon 1-1 Burton-Jones

Mar 8 H Yaxkley 2-2 Ginty, Cartwright

Mar 11 A Rushden 2-1 Heron, Tinkler

Mar 15 A Stewart & Lloyds 3-1 Ginty, Burton-Jones, Beck

Mar 22 A Huntingdon 2-1 Graham

Apr 1 A Wisbech 2-1 Oliver, Burton-Jones

Apr 5 A Boston Town 2-2 Oliver 2

Apr 8 H Northampton Sileby Rangers 3-1 Oliver 2, Cartwright

Apr 19 H Holbeach 4-0 Beck, Graham, Oliver, Ginty

Apr 21 H Spalding 1-2 Ashton

League goalscorers: Ryan Oliver 19; Alex Beck 16; Mitch Griffiths 13; Matt Heron 11; Josh Moreman 11; Spencer Tinkler 8; Dave Burton-Jones 7; Scott Ginty 7; Ondre Odain 6; Scott Bogusz 2; Stacy Cartwright 2; Dan Flack 2; Jamie Graham 2; Simon Ashton 1; Joe Braithwaite 1; Kevin Gilbert 1; Craig Parker 1; Liam Tunstall 1; Nicki Young 1; own goals 1.