Positive approach from Deeping Rangers

Scott Mooney scores the only goal for Deeping Rangers to beat Newport Pagnell Town on Saturday. Photo: Tim Wilson

Scott Mooney scores the only goal for Deeping Rangers to beat Newport Pagnell Town on Saturday. Photo: Tim Wilson

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A two-week spell will test Deeping Rangers’ credentials as a top-four team, according to boss Michael Goode.

Their unbeaten league run at the Haydon Whitham Stadium moved into double figures thanks to a 1-0 win over Newport Pagnell Town on Saturday.

I’m delighted to keep a clean sheet and we proved to ourselves that we can beat top teams in these conditions.

Deeping Rangers manager Michael Goode

On Tuesday evening Rangers face Holbeach United, managed by Darren Jarvis who worked with Goode at Peterborough Northern Star.

Goode said: “We keep in touch on a regular basis as we are friends inside and outside of football.

“We are all trying to win the league but I think he has got a different agenda.

“I believe we can close the gap and we are certainly right in the mix outside that top three.

“Now we have got to show our credentials by competing with those teams in the next few games.

“I made a bit of a mistake by looking too far ahead when we need to take one at a time.

“This is a big win for us and now with three points under our belts we can approach the Holbeach game in a very 
positive way.

“We will set out to beat them with attacking intent.

“When we lost away to Holbeach, we probably made it too easy for their goals.

“For long periods of the second half we were the better team but over 90 minutes they deserved to win.”

Reflecting on Saturday’s game, Goode said: “I was really pleased with the way we defended, especially in the first half under pressure.

“I’m delighted to keep a clean sheet and we proved to ourselves that we can beat top teams in these conditions.”

Meanwhile, Goode was happy to hand a debut to Henry Dunn who has joined from Bourne Town.

He added: “Henry has always been on the radar and now is the right time to bring him in as a really good option.”