DEEPING Rangers go into tonight's league cup tie at Holbeach aiming to make up for a league defeat against their UCL rivals a week ago.
Holbeach United's 3-1 win at Outgang Road last Tuesday was Rangers' first defeat of the season and, having suffered a second setback at home to Quorn on Saturday, this evening's game is the perfect place to get back on track.
"We don't want to lose twice to the same team so quickly," said Rangers' manager Tuncay Korkmaz. "Let alone against local rivals like Holbeach.
"It's a good opportunity to correct the things we got wrong in the last game, and it's important to get a run in the likes of the league cup."
Rangers have scored in every game they have played this season but conceded another four in Saturday's 4-2 reverse at home to Quorn; a game that also saw both sides reduced to ten men. Harry Deane was dismissed after receiving his second yellow, late on.
Korkmaz said: "The one thing we have to do is stop conceding avoidable goals. If we do that, we'll give ourselves a fighting chance.
"We have played decent football in spells. Michael Byrne is back to scoring form and Alex Beck has five. If we get the defensive side of the game right we can match the best in the league."
Tonight's game will be Rangers' fourth derby in eight games, and their other fixtures have pitted them against some of the favourites for the United Counties League title including Quorn on Saturday.
Managed by Tommy Brookbanks, like Korkamz a former Daniels boss, Quorn feature several ex-Stamford players and it was one of these, Tyrone Kirk who opened the scoring after nine minutes. Kirk's own corner was only half cleared and when he received the ball back he cut inside and fired a shot into the far corner.
Rangers levelled after 19 minutes when Beck played in David Burton-Jones behind the defence and his cross-shot was turned in Michael Byrne from close range.
Kirk put Quorn back in front on 34 minutes when then winger slotted home the rebound after James Doughty had saved his spot kick, awarded for a foul on Kris Nurse by Chris Logan.
Deeping were not behind for long. Three minutes after falling behind for the second time Deane's through ball sent Byrne clear to lob Ross Whalin.
But there was still time for a fifth first half goal, scored by Luke Edwards at the end of a flowing move in the final minute of the half.
Edwards tapped in Quorn's fourth in the 54th minute and Rangers found no way back.
Byrne headed against the post and curled a free kick against the woodwork and even when Quorn were reduced to 10 men - Edwards dismissed for a second bookable offence - Rangers were thwarted.
"It was a shame. I think we deserved something from it," added Korkmaz. "But when you have let in four goals it's going to be difficult."
This evening's game at Carter's Park kicks off at 7.454pm.
Deeping (v Quorn): James Doughty, Lawrence Lambley, Nick Jackson, Chris Logan, Steve Julian, Spencer Tinkler, Harry Deane, David Burton-Jones, Michael Byrne, Ciaran Holt, Alex Beck.