Kirk Deighton Rangers ramp up title bid after cup defeat

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Kirk Deighton Rangers boss Dan Marshall wants his team to have a “fighting chance” of claiming the league title in Saturday’s crunch decider at leaders Rawdon Old Boys.

Marshall’s troops must beat Otley Rovers tonight to stand any realistic chance of overtaking Rawdon, who lie six points above them.

A following victory at Barr Field on Saturday would then level up the title matters, with both sides still to play one more match.

Deighton will finish their season on Tuesday evening at home to Kirkby Malzeard.

Russ Colling’s brace saw off Malzeard 2-1 on Tuesday night but Rangers had to rely on keeper Jonty Smith to produce three late saves to maintain their title hunt.

Marshall said: “We want to go into Saturday’s game with a fighting chance. We still want to be in it.”

Rawdon gained a mental advantage over Rangers as they denied Marshall’s men a famous cup double on Saturday.

In a reverse of last week’s Senior Cup final, Rawdon downed Rangers 2-1 to win the League Challenge Cup at Harrogate Railway’s Station View, Joe Turley scoring for Deighton.

Marshall added:“I couldn’t have asked for any more from the lads, they gave it everything.

“It just wasn’t to be.