Rangers maneuvered their way through this this tricky tie with three goals in the latter part of the first half being enough to see off their Step 6 opposition FC Bolsover.
Conditions of a swirling wind and a sloping pitch made this more of a game of attrition than one for the purists.
Deeping, down the slope if the 1st half, were quick to show, Dan Flack’s curling free kick evaded the home defence and narrowly David Burton-Jones at the far post, Tom Smith sent a good cross over the home defence for Scott Coupland to stretch to reach only for the ball to fall for home keeper Ryan Hopkins.
Home forward Josh Parfitt tried his luck from 30 yards to see Danny Bircham tip away with a full stretch flying save, Alex Hewitt pounced on a loose ball to shoot from outside of the box for Bircham to tip over again.
The visitors were beginning to exert control, Burton-Jones pass allowed Coupland to progress into the box, he laid off for Henry Dunn to blast where Hopkins got his hands too to deflect over.
Bolsover’s Jack Weaver threaded the ball through the Deeping defenders for Parfitt to collect, his run being halted by a good challenge by Jonny Clay.
Rangers made the breakthrough on 27 mins, Scott Mooney’s ball released Jason Kilbride down the left to advance into the box, he squared to the free Coupland to slot home into the empty goal.
The home side’s Parfitt benefitted from Dunn’s misplaced pass but the blast was way over the bar.
Deeping doubled their lead on 43 mins with a good team goal, Burton-Jones won the ball to feed Mooney, his touch split the home defence to allow Flack in behind to pull back for Burton-Jones to smash the ball home.
With additional time being played Rangers made it three, Coupland, on half way, slipped the ball through the home players where Mooney collected, he advanced into the box to shoot, Hopkins parried but Mooney was on hand to run the ball over the line – the home side were vehement that he was offside but the officials ignored their pleas.
Half Time – FC Bolsover 0 Deeping Rangers 3
The second half was a similar contest where Deeping rarely ‘got out of second gear’ as they controlled things.
Deeping had the better of the chances that came, Smith’s good ball was touched by Mooney to Coupland, they exchanged passes to allow Coupland sight of goal but the touch only found Hopkins, Hopkins thwarted Burton-Jones’ thrusting run into the home box by getting down well to push the ball away where Charlie Coulson arrive to drive high over the bar.
Bolsover’s Jordan Edridge crossed from the goal line, Rangers defender Luke Hunnings saw his clearance only go up for Bircham to claim despite the efforts of home player Parfitt, Hewitt struck a 30 yard free kick straight at Bircham as the home side tried to get some consolation.
At the other end Dunn befitted as the bobbled beat Reagan Edridge, he broke for the box where Edridge recovered well to clear the ball with a good challenge.
Bolsover got a consolation on 74 mins, Montelle Kamara was free wide, his low cross was touched home by Parfitt in mid goal.
Rangers should have added to the tally, Bolsover gave the ball away on half way to allow Coupland a free run at Hopkins, with subs Michael Simpson and Scott Waumsley making a 3 on 1, Coupland tried to slot past Hopkins, the ball falling for Simpson to hit towards the open goal only to hit the bar and over.
The last chance saw Burton-Jones find Coulson on the corner of the box, a cut inside and deliberate side foot only saw the ball rebound from the foot of the post and away.
In the end a comfortable progress into Round 2 of the Buildbase FA Vase for Rangers.
Full Time – FC Bolsover 1 Deeping Rangers 3
FC Bolsover: 1. Ryan Hopkins, 2. Jordan Edridge, 3. Ben Goodwin, 4. Reagan Edridge, 5. Will Harcourt (Capt.), 6. Kirk Bradshaw (16. Montelle Kamara – 46), 7. Callum Wood (14. Ben Copestake – 77), 8. Alex Hewitt, 9. Josh Parfitt, 10. Josh Scully, 11. Jack Weaver (15. Grant Mitchell – 67)
Subs (not used): GK. Michael Ball, 17. Simba Ganiywa
Deeping Rangers: 1. Danny Bircham, 2. Dan Flack, 3. Tom Smith, 4. David Burton-Jones (Capt.), 5. Luke Hunnings, 6. Jonny Clay, 7. Jason Kilbride, 8. Henry Dunn (15. Scott Waumsley - 76), 9. Scott Mooney (14. Michael Simpson – 64), 10. Scott Coupland, 11. Charlie Coulson
Subs (not used): 12. Dan Schiavi, 16. Jack Marsden