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Deeping Rangers travel to Rothwell Corinthians in the semi-final of the Kitman UK League Cup




Deeping Rangers have unfinished business as they aim to book their place in the Kitman UK League Cup final on Saturday.

The Clarets travel to Premier Division rivals Rothwell Corinthians for a semi-final clash in the United Counties League knock-out competition.

Rangers reached the final last season after trouncing a Daventry Town side – who went on to win the Premier Division title – 6-2 in the last four tie at the Haydon Whitham Stadium.

The management team of Michael Goode, Jack Marsden and Martin Bond (28502587)
The management team of Michael Goode, Jack Marsden and Martin Bond (28502587)

However, they were later expelled from the competition after admitting fielding an ineligible player – Tyler Walker who had played for Boston Town in an earlier round.

After negotiating three tough away tests to reach the semi-finals of this year’s competition, Rangers are now determined to go one step further.

However, assistant manager Jack Marsden feels they will face another difficult test on Saturday against ninth-placed Corinthians who held Deeping to a 1-1 draw in the league meeting at Seargeants Lawn.

Marsden said: “It’s a tough place to go and they’ve been a sticky team for us in the past.

“We won’t be taking them lightly at all. They are a really resilient, hard-working team and have always caused us problems.

“Everything that we have done against Holbeach and Boston in the last two games needs to be done again on Saturday because after last year we have got some unfinished business in this competition.”

Michael Simpson - who scored Deeping's winner at Boston Town on Tuesday night - also netted in last season's semi-final win over Daventry. (28502544)
Michael Simpson - who scored Deeping's winner at Boston Town on Tuesday night - also netted in last season's semi-final win over Daventry. (28502544)

Rangers make the trip in good form, having won their last three league games to stay in contention at the top of the Premier Division.

They followed up derby victories over Pinchbeck and Holbeach with a 1-0 away win at Boston Town on Tuesday night.

It leaves the sixth-placed Clarets just three points adrift of table-topping Loughborough University who are the visitors to the Haydon Whitham Stadium on Tuesday night.

Marsden added: “I don’t look at the league table and, although it’s a cliché, I just look at what we’re doing.

“If we’re doing alright, then we’re going to be there or thereabouts. We’ve been up and down all season and we’re still in there.

“When we lost against Willand in the FA Vase last season, I said to the boys to bottle the moment because you use it as rocket fuel so it doesn’t happen again.

“Actually you’ve got to bottle moments like these as well because we’ve beaten Holbeach who are our rivals and we’ve gone to Boston on a Tuesday night and got a result which not many teams do.”

Midfielder Sam Murphy has departed Deeping to rejoin home-town club Wisbech Town.

Sam Murphy (right) has rejoined Wisbech Town. (28518649)
Sam Murphy (right) has rejoined Wisbech Town. (28518649)

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