DERBY DAY: Deeping Rangers boss left disappointed
Manager Michael Goode blamed defensive naivety for Deeping Rangers’ first home league defeat this season.
Luke Hunnings fired them in front against Holbeach United on Tuesday night but Josh Ford (2) and substitute Tom Gosling sent the Tigers into second spot in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division.
Goode admitted: “It was really disappointing.
“In the first half we were the only team trying to play football out there.
“I will never criticise any style of play but it was clear that Holbeach wanted to get the ball forward as quickly as possible.
“They try to use a physical presence but I thought that we dealt with it really well.
We let ourselves down a little bit, although we did all the right things for around 65 minutes. In the last 25 minutes we showed naivety and a lack of experience.
“Our passing, crossing and communication were not particularly good but the commitment and work ethic meant we totally deserved to go 1-0 up.
“I can’t really remember them having many chances. In the second half we did all the right things defensively and we weathered a storm for a few minutes.
“When they got back into the game, naivety cost us. We gave away a ridiculous free-kick to cause problems then you need your characters to stand up in response.
“We were totally exposed when Dan Flack came away from right-back to make a tackle and they scored again.
“We needed experience to stay in the game and dig out a result.
“The third Holbeach goal came from poor defending and you can’t afford to give away three goals like we did.
“We let ourselves down a little bit, although we did all the right things for around 65 minutes.
“In the last 25 minutes we showed naivety and a lack of experience.
“Holbeach stayed in the game and that’s why they are second in the league.
“We certainly deserved something out of it and we should have gone on to win the game.”
On Saturday, Rangers face a tough trip to third-placed AFC Kempston Rovers who have the Premier Division’s only unbeaten record.
Meanwhile, Steve Wilson has been appointed as Bourne Town manager after a caretaker spell.
The Wakes are away to rock-bottom Burton Park Wanderers in Division One on Saturday.