There was a party atmosphere from the vocal Oadby fans for Deeping Rangers manager Tuncay Korkmaz’s last league game in charge and the teams formed ‘a guard of honour’ for him when they came out.
The game itself was definitely an end of season affair, played on a hard pitch and swirling wind there was little good football.
The Turkish manager’s final game finished in a 1-1 draw.
Rangers had an opportunity to open the scoring when Joe Braithwaite met Scott Ginty’s free kick but his header was straight at Oadby keeper Elliot Taylor.
Ginty then sent a ball over the Poachers’ defence to find Jamie Graham clear but he took too long get his shot in and Andreas Pepetsios was on hand to clear for the visitors.
However Deeping took the lead on 5 minutes, a clearance from defence found Jezz Goldson-Williams free down the left, he cut inside and chipped Taylor to find the back of the net.
A good Rangers move concluded with Mohammed Hamid setting up Goldson-Williams but he skied his shot.
Oadby’s skipper Sam Taylor had a curling free kick effort just wide of the post but they levelled on 15 minutes. Carl Wymark sent in a speculative ball into the home box that was missed by the home defenders and Sam Hollis nipped in to get the slightest touch that went past Danny Bircham into the net.
The Poachers had a swift break, Ismail Ajdaa collected and held the ball before playing into the path of Sam Taylor who saw his effort wide of the post
Deeping’s Jordan Avis collected a short corner from Hamid, he cut inside and curled his shot high onto the roof of the net, Hamid then hit free kick just over the angle of bar and post.
Oadby had a couple of chances as half time approached but Sam Grouse and Hollis were unable to get touches when in good positions in the home penalty box.
Half time saw a presentation to Andrew Bowell who had stepped down as Deeping treasurer earlier in the season.
The second half was even less entertaining with few goal threats from either side.
Oadby substitute Danny Page sent in a dangerous cross that was well defended by Dan Flack in his own six yard box. The Deeping defence then got in a tangle and presented James Parker with a chance but he pulled his shot wide.
Rangers’ Ginty played in Matt Sparrow from a free wide but his cross/pull back could not find a team mate, Ginty was then on defensive duty to deny Sam Taylor as he looked to apply the finishing touch.
Deeping substitute Levi Wright collected a Poachers clearance, played a one two with Flack and saw his effort too high and as the game approached full time Burton-Jones broke into the visitor’s box where his shot goalwards brought a good save from Elliott Taylor and the final action saw Flack get free wide down the right where he sent in a great cross that went fizzing through the Oadby six-yard box without a touch being applied.
The season of development saw a ninth place finish for the team and the club looking for a new management team. At the moment there is no mention whether Korkmaz is taking another job or who his replacement will be.
Deeping will complete the campaign in the Hinchingbrooke Cup final against Yaxley or Peterborough Northern Star at Huntingdon Town’s Jubilee Park on Monday, May 11.