Joy for Jordan on derby day

Deeping Rangers captain David Burton-Jones under pressure. Photos by Tim Wilson
Deeping Rangers captain David Burton-Jones under pressure. Photos by Tim Wilson
  • ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division - Deeping Rangers 1 Boston Town 3

Jordan Nuttell’s hat-trick earned the derby-day honours in a battle of two under-achieving teams.

The youngster – who started the season at Spalding United with plenty of expectation – ended Deeping Rangers’ mini unbeaten league run.

But they can’t wait for the campaign to finish after a poor start to 2016.

Since a 2-0 win at Boston Town ended last year on a high with ambitions of a top-four finish, Deeping have got two victories in 15 Premier Division games.

The Poachers’ inconsistent form has kept them in the bottom half of the table but there is no doubt they fully deserved three points at the Haydon Whitham Stadium on Saturday.

A bright start was duly rewarded as Ryan Parnell got into space behind defender Luke Hunnings and saw his shot pushed out by Danny Bircham to Nuttell who poked home.

Luke Hunnings clears the danger

Luke Hunnings clears the danger

Scott Coupland – who hit a hat-trick as Deeping knocked Boston out of the FA Cup last August – struck the post but Deeping were level just five minutes into the second half.

Dan Flack’s right-wing cross was converted at the far post by Luke Avis.

However, Boston regained the advantage when Fraser Bayliss capitalised on a poor header by Hunnings to set up Nuttell’s sidefoot finish.

Two minutes later Lori Borbely claimed the assist as Nuttell’s right-foot volley completed a treble to make it look pretty comfortable.

Celebrations for Boston Town after the early opener by Jordan Nuttell who went on to complete a hat-trick

Celebrations for Boston Town after the early opener by Jordan Nuttell who went on to complete a hat-trick

DEEPING RANGERS

4-1-3-2: Bircham; Flack, Hunnings, Marsden, Smith; Burton-Jones; Hibbitt, Dunn, Avis; Coupland, Mooney. Subs not used: Bird, Pycock.

BOSTON TOWN

4-4-2: Doughty; Fleming, Ashton, Field, Parker; Borbely, Ford, Dykes, Bayliss; Parnell, Nuttell. Subs not used: Callaby, Lempard.

REFEREE

Hallam Cutmore.

GOALS

Nuttell (13 mins, 0-1); Avis (50 mins, 1-1); Nuttell (66 mins, 1-2); Nuttell (68 mins, 1-3).

BOOKINGS

Hibbitt, Hunnings (fouls); Mooney (dissent).

ATTENDANCE

80

ENTERTAINMENT

★★