Deeping Rangers drew with Eastwood in the United Counties League Premier Division North


Jake Showler scored an injury-time equalizer to earn Deeping Rangers a share of the spoils in Saturday’s home game against Eastwood.

Sam Meakin’s half-time goal gave the visitors the lead in the United Counties League Premier Division North game.

However, Showler’s late leveler capped off a strong personal performance and earned Deeping a draw as they continued their healthy points haul.

Jake Showler (54883802)

Daniel French’s side have now taken 16 points from their last seven games ahead of this weekend’s derby trip to Holbeach United.

The Clarets boss said: “It was disappointing overall, although I was relieved to get a point in terms of how the game went.

“It was an early game that we should have continued on and expected to win, but again the strong wind makes it such a massive leveller.

“We started off pretty well and had some good opportunities that we didn’t take and I think if any of them had been taken we would have run out of comfortable winners.

“We just huffed and huffed after that, but really didn’t create anything massively that we should have done better with.

“We were mediocre in the final third and got a bit carried away with a lack of quality, but it was good character-wise that we carried on.

“Sometimes you can feel like it’s not going to be your day when you’re not there and it was 100 per cent one of those days so it was nice to then get a point at the end.”

Rangers had taken their first steps in a windswept Haydon Whitham Stadium on Saturday, with Showler and Jones De Sousa seeing decent strikes saved by visiting goalkeeper Richard Dearle.

Deeping had the ball in Eastwood’s net when Will Bird’s header from a Dan Flack corner kick was cleared off the line and driven home by Jack Bloodworth, however, the referee blew for an infringement and disallowed the goal.

Bird then headed away from a cross from Showler before Eastwood hit the forward as half time drew to a close.

Kyle Dixon’s corner was cleared by home goalkeeper Dan Swan only for the ball to bounce off Meakin and fly into the home goal.

Deeping looked for a way back into the contest after the break with Showler bringing in a good save from Deakin who then thwarted a header from Luke Hunnings from the resulting corner.

Striker Meakin then produced a superb clearance to deny Ta’i Williams while Swan saved well at the other end from a shot from Dixon.

The visitors were then reduced to 10 men late when Nathan Kelly was shown a red card after an altercation with Flack.

And then two minutes into stoppage time, Rangers made their one-man advantage count with a late leveler.

Bird’s shot was parried by the keeper and Showler reacted first to place the rebound in the far corner of Eastwood’s net.

The Clarets almost scored a dramatic late goal when Robbie Ellis hit a long shot that forced Dearle to go down well and save, sending the visitors home with a point.

Rangers: Swan, Flack, Carter (Walton), Bloodworth, Hunnings, Ellis, De Sousa (Brown), Williams (Steele), Bird, Wilson, Showler. Unused Subs: Coulson, Pancho.


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