Depleted Harrowby United go out of Knockout Cup at first hurdle

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United Counties League

Knockout Cup

Harrowby United 0

Deeping Rangers 4

A depleted Harrowby side exited the UCL Knockout Cup at the first hurdle to Premier Division Deeping Rangers at the Environcom Stadium on Tuesday night.

The opening stages were evenly contested and the Arrows were unlucky after 12 minutes when good work down the right by Lee Shaw and Bobby Lee created a chance for Simon Bolland whose shot was charged down.

Two minutes later, Deeping took the lead when a long ball was chased down by Mitch Griffiths whose cross was met by a powerful Matt Heron header past Grant Davies in the Harrowby goal.

The Arrows’ best chance of the half came after 25 minutes when a through-ball sent Luke Peberdy away for a one-on-one chance with Deeping keeper James Doughty. The Harrowby front man’s shot eluded Doughty but also the right hand post by just a few inches.

The visitors went two up in the 67th minute when a poor kick by Davies went only as far as Alex Beck who gathered the ball before firing home from the edge of the penalty area. It was game over a minute later when a loose defensive header was picked up by Heron who scored his second of the evening with a cool shot past a helpless Davies.

Rangers added a fourth in stoppage time when Bolland was caught in possession in midfield. The ball was then played through to Deeping substitute Ryan Oliver who made no mistake with a calm right foot finish.

Harrowby United: Davies, Preston, Gibson (Vorley, 70), Hill, Whyley, Kirton (Choplek, 82), Bolland (c), Harper, Lee (Gray, 76), Peberdy, Shaw.