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MATCH VERDICT: Clarets show class from start to finish




A dominant display earned Deeping Rangers' ninth successive league win.

The perfect record since Christmas continued courtesy of second-half strikes from Cameron Johnson and Henry Dunn.

The Clarets claimed a sixth clean sheet during this 100 per cent run to stay in second spot heading towards the final third of the season.

Cameron Johnson and Henry Dunn were on target
Cameron Johnson and Henry Dunn were on target

Michael Goode's side were brilliant from start to finish at Freeway Park on Saturday.

There was never likely to be a repeat of Oadby Town's four-goal victory over Deeping in November.

Charlie Coulson's early effort flew over the bar but that signalled the intentions as Rangers recorded a series of first-half attempts.

They couldn't find a way past Poachers keeper Taylor McMillan until midway through the second period.

However, Deeping should have been comfortably ahead before the break.

Michael Simpson, Johnson and Scott Mooney were denied by McMillan who got very little protection.

Oadby couldn't cope but Johnson wasted a hat-trick of opportunities and there was a warning at the other end as ex-Deeping striker Sam Hollis lobbed the ball fractionally wide of the far post.

Clarets number one Lewis Elsom didn't make a single save, even when the home side applied some pressure at the start of the second half.

Johnson's deflected drive was followed by Dunn's long-range shot which McMillan pushed away from the bottom corner.

The keeper also stopped headers by Dan Schiavi and David Burton-Jones - but the opening goal finally arrived.

Luke Andersen feld the ball down the left flank, Johnson raced clear of Daz Russell and slotted home when he appeared to be knocked off balance.

McMillan pushed out Mooney's chance to double the advantage but the striker set up Dunn for a clinical finish with 10 minutes left.

OADBY TOWN

4-4-2: T McMillan; Russell, S Preston, E Preston, Pedan (sub Earps h-t); Samples (sub Hirst 82 mins), Brown, J McMillan, Hopewell; Mangan, Hollis. Subs not used: Varnham, Swain.

DEEPING RANGERS

4-1-4-1: Elsom 6; Flack 7, Hunnings 8, Burton-Jones 7, Andersen 7; Coulson 8; Dunn 9 (sub Carter 89 mins), Schiavi 8, Simpson 8, Johnson 7 (sub Lockie 73 mins); Mooney 7. Subs not used: Brown, Bircham.

REFEREE

Thomas Beeton.

GOALS

Johnson (68 mins, 0-1); Dunn (80 mins, 0-2).

BOOKINGS

None.

STAR MAN

Henry Dunn - full of energy all afternoon. Came close to breaking the deadlock but sealed victory with a clinical finish.

WHO'S NEXT

Desborough Town (H) - Tuesday.



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