‘Totally dominant’ start set up big win for Deeping Rangers

Early pressure from Deeping Rangers. Photos: TIM WILSON
Early pressure from Deeping Rangers. Photos: TIM WILSON

Michael Goode has guided Deeping Rangers to an unbeaten run of nine home league games since taking charge last summer.

He felt Saturday’s victory over Northampton Spencer came courtesy of a dominant display in the opening period when Scott Coupland and Jason Kilbride put them 2-0 up.

Goode admitted to being ‘over-critical’ at times but was happy to enjoy a 5-1 victory for the second successive Saturday.

He said: “It’s a really good result against a team who had not previously lost away from home in the league this season.

“We haven’t lost at home and for the first 30 minutes we were totally dominant.

“We controlled the game because our central midfielders (Luke Avis and David Burton-Jones) got to grips with it early on.

Northampton Spencer clear the danger this time

Northampton Spencer clear the danger this time

“We looked threatening going forward and two good finishes put us in control.

“In the last 15 minutes of the first half we took our foot off the gas a little bit, although we still had one or two opportunities.

“Being 2-0 up is always a bit iffy and Spencer started well in the second half.

“But it was a definite penalty and we should have been in a more comfortable position.

People might think I’m being over-critical but, of course, I’m pleased with the result - especially getting those two late goals to wrap it up.

“They scored five minutes later when we didn’t pick up the runners after two bad clearances. We’ve got to learn to manage the game situation better.

“People might think I’m being over-critical but, of course, I’m pleased with the result - especially getting those two late goals to wrap it up.

“The performance in that first half-an-hour won us the game.

“Without being spectacular, Spencer tried to get back into it through set-pieces or crosses into the box.

Close control from Scott Mooney

Close control from Scott Mooney

“But we’ve got to be happy with a second 5-1 win at home.”

Safe hands from Danny Bircham

Safe hands from Danny Bircham