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MATCH VERDICT AND PHOTO GALLERY: Derby delight for Deeping Rangers

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Deeping Rangers

It's a funny old game!

Derby day produced plenty of emotions with an extraordinary second-half comeback for Deeping Rangers.

The Clarets were all smiles as they overturned a two-goal deficit thanks to clinical finishes from Danny Durkin and Scott Mooney.

They handed the advantage back to Holbeach United when Charlie Coulson was dismissed for a second bookable offence.

But an own goal by Jonny Clay gifted three points to his former club, leaving the Tigers to wonder how it went wrong.

Billy Smith and Josh Ford had put the home side in control before the break.

Around the hour mark on Saturday, the result didn't look in any doubt and Holbeach should have been further in front.

However, they threw it away as Deeping won at Carter's Park for the first time in five years - proving 58 per cent of people were correct to make that prediction on our Twitter poll!

The Clarets hadn't even scored in open play on Holbeach's ground in the previous three visits.

A positive start was halted by Smith's fortunate opener. He delivered a right-footed cross from the left flank and the ball bounced inside the far post.

Michael Simpson's penalty claim was rejected despite a challenge by former Deeping defender Joe Braithwaite.

Deeping's unbeaten start to the league campaign was in real danger when Holbeach doubled the lead from their second attempt on target.

A poor effort to set an offside trap was exposed as Lewie Harker threaded a pass to Ford who clinically fired past Richard Stainsby.

On the counter-attack, Smith set up Ford who was denied by Stainsby's superb save.

Another golden chance was wasted when Ford fed Jack Smith who turned inside Luke Hunnings and tamely shot straight at Stainsby.

Deeping were given hope as Coulson found Durkin who smashed the ball into the bottom corner on his league debut.

Hunnings should have equalised but Durkin's assist allowed Mooney to beat teenage keeper Joe Tarris who got his right hand on the ball.

After a caution for dissent at the start of the second half, Coulson foolishly picked up another booking and a red card in an altercation with Tigers captain Spencer Tinkler.

With 20 minutes left, it seemed Deeping's 10 men would need to hold on.

Instead, they won it when right-back Dan Flack tried to supply a tap-in for Cameron Johnson and Clay knocked the ball into the net.

The assistant's flag went up for offside against Johnson but, following consultation with referee Ian Ruddock, the own goal was allowed to stand.

Schiavi's 40-yard free-kick was held and Johnson's stoppage-time drive was pushed out.

Tinkler nodded over a late opportunity to rescue a point but Holbeach were beaten by the same scoreline as their Emirates FA Cup exit only four weeks earlier.

4-2-3-1: Tarris 7; Harker 7, Clay 6, Braithwaite 7, Cartwright 7; Tinkler 7, Jackson 7 (sub Barker 87 mins); Ford 8, Avis 7 (sub Hamilton 83 mins), B Smith 8; J Smith 6 (sub Bird 70 mins, 6). Sub not used: Whyatt.


4-2-1-3: Stainsby 7; Flack 7, Hunnings 7, Stubbs 7, Andersen 7; Coulson 5, Burton-Jones 7; Simpson 6 (sub Johnson 53 mins, 7); Durkin 7 (sub Dunn 77 mins), Mooney 8, Schiavi 8. Subs not used: Fryett, Allcock, Bircham.


Ian Ruddock.


B Smith (12 mins, 1-0); Ford (39 mins, 2-0); Durkin (62 mins, 2-1); Mooney (68 mins, 2-2); Clay og (78 mins, 2-3).


Coulson (second bookable offence - unsporting behaviour).


Coulson (dissent); Clay (foul); Tinkler (unsporting behaviour).

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