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Deeping Rangers draw with Newark & Sherwood United





Newark & Sherwood stretched their unbeaten run to seven games in all competitions after a hard-fought draw at Deeping Rangers on Saturday.

The Highwaymen had found themselves trailing to Liam Hook's 17th minute opener for their seventh-placed hosts.

However, skipper Ainsley Finney needed less than 40 seconds of the second half to bring the visitors back on level terms.

John-Paul Duncliffe keeps an eye on Ainsley Finney Photo: Jason Richardson
John-Paul Duncliffe keeps an eye on Ainsley Finney Photo: Jason Richardson

Both sides then had chances to win the game but 16th-placed Newark & Sherwood were probably the happier of the two teams after returning home with a point.

Playing their first match since the county cup clash at Barton Town 11 days ago, it was Deeping who began the brighter of the two teams.

Junior Varela shot wide early on while Tom Waumsley was off target with a header before the hosts took a 17th minute lead.

Liam Hook salutes his goal. Photo: Jason Richardson
Liam Hook salutes his goal. Photo: Jason Richardson

Elliot Foster laid the ball back into the path of Hook whose clipped shot looped over Highwaymen goalkeeper Ross Woolley with the aid of a deflection.

Rangers were unable to make the most of having the momentum from the lead as Newark & Sherwood rallied with Arun Jones shooting over for the visitors after a driving run before Ainsley Finney fired another effort into the side-netting.

Deeping open the scoring. Photo: Jason Richardson
Deeping open the scoring. Photo: Jason Richardson

Waumsley then failed to make the most of a decent opening after a well-worked move as Deeping were unable to add to their tally before the break.

And it wasn't long after the restart when Newark & Sherwood levelled as Finney saw his initial effort blocked on the line by Tom Smith before reacting first to force home the rebound.

Rangers looked to respond after being pegged back and Varela saw a header clawed away by Woolley who then made a fine save to keep out Freeman's well-executed effort with Varela off target from the rebound.

Liam Hook makes a challenge on Arun Jones. Photo: Jason Richardson
Liam Hook makes a challenge on Arun Jones. Photo: Jason Richardson

Cal Davies was then denied by some last-ditch defending from a Hook cross before home goalkeeper Butcher made a couple of vital stops to deny Liam Moran and then substitute Tom Jones.

Waumsley was inches away from converting a cross at the back post before Dan Dougill's driving run and cross created a gilt-edged chance for Davies but he somehow turned the ball over the bar from close range.

Tom Smith fizzed another effort over before substitute Avi Vieira was crowded out as he was unable to get the decisive and vital touch in front of goal.

Spencer Tinkler goes up for a header for Deeping. Photo: Jason Richardson
Spencer Tinkler goes up for a header for Deeping. Photo: Jason Richardson

Butcher again saved well from Moran before substitute Joe Cole saw a header kept out as the match finished all square.

The battling display means the Highwaymen haven't been beaten since the one-goal loss at Sleaford in the middle of September as they continue to edge further away from the danger zone.

Newark & Sherwood: Woolley, Marsden, Thompson, Mays, White (Oliver), Patterson, Morgan, Rajter, Finney (T Jones), A Jones (Towle), Sketchley. Subs not used: Onyon, Bates.



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