Taylor leveller earns Deighton point in Rawdon league crunch

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Rich Taylor’s second-half equaliser earned Kirk Deighton Rangers a point on their return to Harrogate & District League action on Saturday.

Rangers played for only the second time in two months, as they drew 1-1 at high-flying Rawdon Old Boys.

The Old Boys took the lead shortly before half-time but it lasted little over five second-half minutes as Taylor struck a leveller.

Deighton continued to press in the second period, but they failed to capitalise on a helpful win.

The point leaves Dan Marshall’s men sixth on 22 points, with four matches in hand on their rivals.

“To say we had eight players missing and going there only having only played twice in two months, I was delighted with the performance,” said Marshall.

“It was a fair result.”

Marshall handed a debut to 18-year-old right-back Josh Waddell, and the youngster repaid him with a man of the match showing.

The boss said he would maintain the same team when Deighton host Leyburn United in the League Challenge Cup quarter final this Saturday.

With only two matches before a potential final, he expects his side to go all guns blazing for glory.

“Deighton last won a trophy five years ago. We have not won enough,” he added.

“It’s a mentality.

“If we can win one, it gives you the impetus to succeed in other competitions.”