Non-league: Sleaford Town’s embarrassing 9-0 defeat

Outgang Road, Deeping'Football Deeping vs Sleaford
Outgang Road, Deeping'Football Deeping vs Sleaford
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By Lloyd Harmston

Strange, but Town had the better of the first quarter. There was some neat football and when Deeping scored their opener on 25 minutes it was well against the run of play.

Pete Sutton netted early on but it was disallowed for offside. Deeping’s first chance came after 20 minutes when Lambley hit high and wide.

Then came the opening goal, with number ten Matt Heron given far too much room to cut inside and lift a shot past keeper Andy Hewitt. 1-0. Heron continued to cause problems on his left and he slipped a Michael Neaverson challenge to run into the area and cross for Holt to head over.

Straight from the re-start Deeping scored again. A cross by-passed everyone and found Burton-Jones for an easy finish. It became a catalogue of Town errors. On 52 minutes a back-pass from Adam Fenton, who played well so far, put keeper Hewitt in trouble. He went at one player’s feet and Alex Beck scored number three.

On 56 minutes Town’s defence went walk-about, allowing Scott Ginty to run through the middle to hit in. 4-0. Neaverson and Ryan Oliver retired for Steve Lovett and Jamie Shaw. Goal number five came as Hewitt seemed to dive over the top of a weak effort from home substitute Ashley Stevens. 5-0. Already it was looking crazy, yet two more goals came in as many minutes. Ginty then Stevens.

A shot out of the blue from distance from Dean found its way all the way into the net, then Stevens reached his hat-trick nine minutes from time with another simple finish. 9-0. Deeping tried desperately for double figures and manager Glen Maddison for injured Joe Braithwaite left the field with a badly-injured hand before the final whistle blew.