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Deeping Rangers host Quorn in their first home match of the Uhlsport United Counties League Premier Division season




Deeping Rangers boss Michael Goode is hoping his side can lay down a marker in their first home league match of the season at the Haydon Whitham Stadium on Saturday.

Rangers host Uhlsport United Counties League Premier Division newcomers Quorn having secured back-to-back away victories in their first two games of the campaign.

They won 3-2 at Lutterworth Town in their Premier Division opener a fortnight ago before beating league rivals Harborough Town last weekend in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup.

Deeping Rangers attracted a record home crowd for their pre-season clash with Peterborough United. (15287139)
Deeping Rangers attracted a record home crowd for their pre-season clash with Peterborough United. (15287139)

That win has earned Rangers an away tie at Goode's former club Bedford Town, who play a level above the Clarets in the Southern League Division One Central, in the preliminary round on Saturday, August 24.

It will cap an action-packed week for the Clarets who also visit derby rivals Holbeach United for a league clash on Wednesday night.

Goode said: "It's a big week for us.

"The last two games have been really tough ones for different reasons so we're really looking forward to having a home game on Saturday. It will be great to be back.

"Lutterworth were a really strong, physical side who are strong on their own ground so I was pleased to get out of there with three points because we weren't very good.

"The Harborough game was the complete reverse in that it was a very good 3G surface, but the wind was ridiculous and straight down the pitch.

"They battered us in terms of possession, but we were very resilient and took our chances.

"We've got two decent results despite being nowhere near our best.

"We've still got work to do but, after a pretty stable 18 months, it's been a bit of a transition with new players coming in.

"We've done well at home in pre-season games against Peterborough Sports, Skegness and Swaffham and want to set our stall out again and lay down a marker.

"Hopefully the conditions and the pitch will favour us and we can get back to playing the way we can."

Jake Sansby (15287048)
Jake Sansby (15287048)

Quorn, who are managed by former Peterborough United striker Martin Carruthers, have taken one point from their opening two games.

They drew 2-2 with Rothwell Corinthians on the opening day before losing 2-0 at Lutterworth Town. They then bowed out of the FA Cup at the weekend after a 2-1 home defeat against Sherwood Colliery.

Rangers will be boosted by the return of Michael Simpson and Dan Bannister while Sam Murphy could be in the squad for the first time this season after breaking his ankle.

Recent recruit Jake Sansby has returned to former club Peterborough Northern Star while youngster Harrison Dee has joined near neighbours Bourne Town.



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