Deeping Rangers boss Michael Goode says his side are ready for their United Counties League Premier Division campaign after going down 8-1 to Peterborough United
Michael Goode feels that Deeping Rangers are ready for the big kick-off on Saturday.
The Clarets face a trip to last season's Division One champions Lutterworth Town in the uhlsport United Counties League Premier Division.
Goode's squad are aiming to improve on runners-up spot following a series of transfers this summer.
The manager said: "We've had a good pre-season.
"We had a work-out against Melton Town and a fitness exercise at Netherton United.
"We were excellent against Peterborough Sports then we were dominant against a couple of Step Five and Six teams.
"There is a little bit more still to do but we're ready for Saturday.
"In the first month of the season, there are always going to be players missing here and there - that's why we've got a bigger squad now.
"We have found replacements for Cameron Johnson, Henry Dunn and Dan Schiavi.
"We've added others as well and hopefully we can bring in one more attacker.
"Other clubs in the area have bigger squads and we'll see what happens in the next couple of weeks.
"We are always looking to improve. We've got a good group here and we want to try to make them better."
Deeping completed the pre-season programme against SkyBet League One neighbours Peterborough United in front of a record attendance of 1,105 at the Haydon Whitham Stadium on Monday night.
The bumper crowd witnessed nine goals as Rangers went down 8-1 to the third-tier side, who will be targeting promotion to the Championship this season and have spent a reported record £1.3 million on one player.
Peterborough opened the scoring after just two minutes when Idris Kanu tapped in from close range after good work from full-back Frazer Blake-Tracy.
But Deeping, featuring new signing Aaron Davies at centre half, hit back almost immediately with Dan Jarvis hitting the post with a powerful shot.
They were rewarded for some good endeavour with an equaliser after 22 minutes from Scott Mooney, who fired in after some good link up play with Jordan McLeod.
A 25-yard screamer into the top left-hand corner of the goal from Peterborough midfielder Louis Reed restored their lead on 26 minutes.
"I have to say that was a cracker," remarked the Deeping announcer.
George Cooper scored his first of four goals just before half time, twisting and turning in the penalty area and slotting the ball into the bottom left-hand corner of the goal.
Cooper grabbed another one on 52 minutes when he finished from the edge of the area and then claimed his hat-trick to make it 5-1 on 60 minutes after some crisp passing on the edge of the Deeping box.
The former Crewe youngster was now running the game from the midfield and five minutes later, turned provider when he swung a ball over to Kanu, who made no mistake finishing at the back post for his brace.
Cooper bagged his fourth of the evening of 72minuteswhen he scored a brilliant solo effort, dribbling around the Deeping defence.
Deeping continued to work hard and second half substitutes, Jake Sansby and Michael Simpson, had chances.
Sansby fired in a shot from the edge of the area which was deflected and Simpson tested Peterborough with a diving header.
However, with the superior fitness of the Peterborough side showing, the Posh grabbed their eighth goal of the evening from Brad Rolt.
Goode reflected: "I thought the night served every purpose for the club and that's the key thing.
"It gave us an opportunity to put Deeping Rangers out there to showcase a brilliant set-up here with some new additions.
"Local people had a chance to see the facilities and hopefully we'll attract a few to come back for a good matchday experience.
"In the long term, we are building something here and moving forward.
"From a footballing perspective, we showed a little bit too much respect in the first few minutes.
"But we had a brilliant response for 15 to 20 minutes when we kept our shape and had passages of play which could have led to something more.
"A couple of times it led to crosses that weren’t as good as we would have wanted or a couple of balls around the 18 yard box that maybe on a normal UCL game, we would have found some space with.
"Jarvo has hit the post almost immediately after they scored,we’ve scored a good goal from Mooney which has built his confidence up a little bit.
"I came in a half time and I thought we’d had six decent passages of play, or which three of four could have led to something more - Charlie couldn’t get a shot away and Jarvo couldn’t get a shot away but I was pleased with that.
"We had an absolute worldy against us then we got sloppy for Posh's third goal as a poor clearance came straight back at us.
"Overall, we did well in the first half but the players were knackered at half-time.
"Posh obviously recover quicker and when they knocked it around, we found it hard to get out of shape.
"Peterborough brought full-time professionals who should be playing regularly in League One."