Deeping Rangers FC U18 have been crowned the 2023 Lincolnshire FA County U18 Boys’ Cup Champions after defeating Bottesford Town U18 MHM FC 4-1 in a thrilling game under the lights at Lincoln United’s Ashby Avenue.
It’s their second successive title for the Under 18 Boys’ team, managed by Ash Baines and Franc D’Agnano.
The crowd at Ashby Avenue didn’t have to wait long before the game sparked into life, as Enzo Coccitti scored Deeping’s opener inside 5 minutes with their first real attack. The clarets came close to a second just 3 minutes later, but was dragged wide of the post, before Jack Kent doubled their lead in the 9th minute.
Despite being 2 goals down in 10 minutes, Bottesford were determined to get back into the game quickly. A simply sensational cross was delivered into the Deeping box and the delivery was tucked away with perfection by Liam Jarman to keep the game alive for Bottesford.
The game continued to see end-to-end action with both teams throwing everything they had into it – Deeping trying to regain their 2-goal advantage and Bottesford seeking the all-important equaliser.
Deeping’s pressure soon paid off as Enzo Coccitti’s 38th minute shot took a big deflection, seeing the ball spin up into the air and well over the head of Josh Thompson – who could do nothing but watch – and into the back of the Bottesford net to make it 3-1 to Deeping Rangers.
Bottesford Town were left with it all to do in the 2nd half but with the heavens opening and Deeping Rangers continuing to pile the pressure on the opposition back line, Gabe Bowden soon put the final to bed with a lovely effort to make it 4-1.
The Player of the Match award was handed to Deeping’s number 15, Gabe Bowden, and the match was officiated by Daniel Innes, Ashwin Kumar, Finn Ford, and Tim Eagles.
Before the game kicked off, a minute’s applause was held for Owen Newton – a player from Bottesford Town U18’s who sadly lost his life following a tragic accident on 20th March. As written by the club for the match programmes, Owen was a fine young man who was an example to all young people growing up both on and off the pitch. Our thoughts are with Owen’s wonderful family at this sad time, and he will forever remain in the thoughts and hearts of his BTFC family.
Photo Credit: Ed Mayes Photography