Deeping win six goal thriller
Deeping Rangers 4, Leicester Nirvana 2
United Counties League Premier Division
Deeping Rangers ran out 4-2 winners in an absolute thriller against Leicester Nirvana in this United Counties League Premier Division this afternoon.
This win took the Clarets up to sixth in the league, making it two wins in a row since their 5-0 loss to Rugby Town.
The action started off with Deeping dominating the game as Lee Clarke hit the post from close range after Jake Sansby's shot was spilled by Nirvana's goalkeeper.
Dan Bannister got the scoring under way when he made it 1-0 to the Clarets after the ball was pinged to Lee Clarke's head, leaving the front-man to knock it down to Bannister, who coolly slotted underneath the onrushing goalkeeper.
After that, the game slowed down as everyone began to over hit the passes on the slick surface and both teams came to terms with the weather.
It took until the 60th minute before Deeping doubled their lead and this time it came courtesy of substitute Ben Cowles who latched onto a through ball and put his finish across Freddie Young in the Nirvana goal.
Clarke then had a chance to make it 3-0 as he had a shot from close range which was saved well by Young after Bannister's corner was headed down to him by Hunnings.
The Clarets were in full swing at this point and another big chance for T'ai Williams come as he was put through one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but his dinked effort went wide of the post.
However, Williams made up for that miss when he was put through one-on-one again and made no mistake this time to make it 3-0 to Deeping in the 79th minute.
Williams then made it two for the afternoon when another substitute, Ben Cowles, pulled the ball back for him to put it in the back of the net.
Despite the Deeping dominance, Leicester Nirvana made it a nervy last five minutes when they scored two goals in as many minutes with goals from Vinnay Sidar and Tariq Wilson.
After the match, joint-manager Lee Clarke was full of praise for his side, saying: "I think on the balance of things we were quite impressive today.
"We moved the ball around with great authority and I think that was shown when we scored our last one.
"The last goal was probably the pick of the bunch for me, and it showed everyone what we're really all about.
"I'm a bit disappointed in the two goals we conceded at the end because a clean sheet would have really topped off a perfect week for us.
"We probably dropped a gear when we went 4-0 up, we probably switched off a little bit and felt a bit too comfortable.
"That's something we need to work on. I think the top sides when they get to three or four, they shut up shop and make sure they don't concede.
"I think we were too gung-ho overall, but we'll make sure we put that right.
"Coming into this week, we wanted six points and that's what we got so I think we're all quite happy."
Clarke singled out Bannister for his terrific performance today and said: "He was superb. First half, he set off our tempo and our passing.
"He obviously scored the first goal and made the third and fourth with some superb work as well.
"But I do think it was a superb team performance all around today and it puts us in great shape going into the game against Lutterworth in the Vase next Saturday."