After a rare week without a fixture, Deeping Rangers return to action tomorrow in the cup with the target of going one better than last season.
They lost 5-4 after extra-time to Huntingdon Town in the UCL Knockout Cup final.
This term’s bid to claim the silverware begins on Saturday with a trip to Oadby Town.
Deeping won 2-0 in the Premier Division game away to Oadby just two weeks ago when Matt Heron and Craig Parker got the goals.
But this time they will have to cope without Parker who has returned to league leaders Holbeach United.
Deeping are already missing the services of midfielder Scott Ginty and forward Jamie Graham for recent suspensions.
Last month Deeping Rangers’ very own Dave Holmes was awarded third place for step 5 & 6 clubs FA Groundsman of the Year Awards at a ceremony held at St Georges Park, the English FA National Football Centre,
The presentation was made by Head Groundsman at St Georges Park, Alan Ferguson, and recognises the fantastic work undertaken by Dave to ensure that Deeping’s main pitch and those used by all junior, youth and other adult teams are always in top condition.
Club chairman Kevin Davenport said: “We’ve always been proud of our playing surfaces and most visiting teams make a point of congratulating us for their excellent condition, regardless of the time of year or the weather conditions.
“But for the local and then national FA to recognise us and in particular, Dave for his hard work and dedication to the game is a fantastic achievement.”
“On behalf of all the players, coaches and everyone else involved at Deeping Rangers I’d like to pass on my own thanks to Dave and to the FA for their excellent awards ceremony at St George’s Park.”
l The Club held an EGM on Saturday, August 23, and elected David Papworth to the post of president.
Dave is a long time member of Deeping Rangers and during his time has been player, manager, committee member and vice chairman so the club is pleased to see him succeed his good friend, the late Norman Fowler.