Deeping Rangers beat Selston in the United Counties League North Premier Division

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Deeping Rangers recorded a fourth straight United Counties League Premier Division North victory on Saturday as a late hat-trick sank Selston.

Will Bird, Jack Bloodworth and Jake Brown were all on target in the final 13 minutes to ensure the Clarets returned triumphant from their trip to Nottinghamshire after Selston took a second-half lead from the penalty spot .

It was another strong all-around performance from Rangers whose manager Daniel French was pleased with the impact of his substitutes as Brown scored with Jake Showler and Jake Walson also playing a starring role in the late flurry of goals.

Jake Brown (54459977)

French said: “We deserved the overall win.

“The first half wasn’t great as we were defending on the slope but we did very well as usual and we were solid.

“We were just lacking a bit of quality on the ball, so either our clearances weren’t going very far, or when we got some possession we took the wrong option or the quality let us down.

“They had territorial possession and asked questions but didn’t open up to us as it suits us.

“They got a penalty to take the lead in the second half but, after that, we were very good.

“We had a really good 30 minute period and the substitutions helped. Jake Walton was superb in midfield and took the ball and added some much needed quality in there.

“Jake Showler went to the touchline four or five times and made some great deliveries while Jake Brown scored a really good goal.

“The three substitutes made a real impact, which was nice. When the time is right, we have that depth force to rotate and the two or three that arrive continue to have a big impact which works very well.

“We were comfortable winners at the end and as soon as we scored the first goal I felt like he was waiting for him to come.

Jake Walton (54459979)
Jake Walton (54459979)

“Overall it was really nice as we improved our quality in the second half and came from behind to get the win.

“It’s now four wins in a row. We’re starting to score again which is good and it sets us up for the games to come.”

A scrappy opening period had ended scoreless before Selston took the lead six minutes into the second half.

David Burton-Jones had made a fine initial tackle to thwart Jordan Black but Luke Hunnings was then penalized for the second challenge and Ben Moore sent Dan Swan the wrong way with the resulting kick.

Rangers reacted well to being behind and equalized after 77 minutes when Robbie Ellis was fouled in the box and Bird netted the penalty for his 16th goal of the season.

Ellis had another call for a disallowed penalty before Rangers took the lead with eight minutes remaining.

Will Bird (54459981)
Will Bird (54459981)

Walton was the provider when he picked Bloodworth who brought the ball home from close range.

The win was then sealed in added time as Brown slipped out of midfield before firing a fine finish into the bottom corner to mark his return from an injury suffered in the FA Vase defeat at Walsall Wood in November.

Boss French added: “I was really happy for Jake Brown because he did everything right with his recovery.

“He did his rehab and then got a few minutes with the reserves and was happy to be involved last week, even though he didn’t get along.

“It was the right moment this week to put it on. He was really positive and scored a good goal which was a pleasure.”

Rangers return to Haydon Whitham Stadium this weekend when they host unbeaten league leaders Long Eaton on Saturday.

Clarets: Swan, Flack, Bloodworth, Burton-Jones, Hunnings, Ellis, Pancho (Brown), Wilson, Steele (Walton), Bird, Williams (Showler). Sub not used: Carter.



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