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Deeping Rangers are knocked out of the FA Vase after losing to Walsall Wood



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Manager Daniel French wants to see more consistency from his Deeping Rangers side after a disappointing FA Vase exit on Saturday.

The Clarets were beaten 2-0 away at Midland League side Walsall Wood in their second round tie.

Walsall - who reached the semi-final of the competition last year - netted a goal early in each half to move into the last 64.

Deeping Rangers manager Daniel French (53219587)
Deeping Rangers manager Daniel French (53219587)

However, French felt his side's display wasn't acceptable against a Walsall team who haven't hit the heights of last term with just three league wins under their belt so far this season.

The Clarets boss was disappointed that his charges hadn't produced the same level of performance that had seen them draw 2-2 at United Counties League high-flyers Gresley Rovers the previous weekend.

French said: "Consistency is the main issue. We can't be at the level we have been at against Gresley, Anstey and Long Eaton one week and then be at the other end the next week.

"There can't be such a big drop as we've gone from a nine-out-of-ten performance to a three-out-of-ten.

"There wasn't a lack of effort but we just had too many who were a mile off it. It was a very reactive game and we were always two or three seconds too late to react to what they were doing.

"It was a real wake-up call both as a group and for me as a manager because for the first time it wasn't acceptable."

Rangers had made the trip to the Midlands without injured centre-half Luke Hunnings as well as the sidelined Robbie Ellis while Matt Carter was suspended.

They fell behind after just three minutes when a throw-in was worked into Jai Verma who fired the hosts ahead.

Deeping goalkeeper Dan Swan then produced two terrific saves to keep his side in the contest going into the half-time break.

Dan Swan made some superb saves. (53237857)
Dan Swan made some superb saves. (53237857)

However, any hopes of staying in the tie were dashed eight minutes after the restart when Callum Head doubled Walsall's advantage.

Swan then pulled off a couple more top drawer stops to prevent Walsall from inflicting a heavier defeat on Deeping who rarely troubled his opposite number at the other end and also lost Jake Brown to an ankle injury which looks likely to mean a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

French added: "It was probably the most disappointing day that I've had as a manager.

"I was absolutely gutted because it was a great opportunity for us because we had been so strong away from home.

"The big thing for us was the difference between the performance at Gresley to Saturday as it was worlds apart.

"I can always take losing games and I appreciate we can't be at the Gresley level every week but the drop was huge.

"If it hadn't been for Dan Swan then we would have lost by six or seven because they played everything - the pitch, conditions and occasion - better than us.

"It was the poorest we have been with the ball this season. We got out-worked and out-thought and were second best in every single department."

Rangers will have a chance to bounce back on Tuesday night when they travel to Huntingdon Town in the Hinchingbrooke Cup.

Clarets: Swan, Walton, Smith, Burton-Jones, Bloodworth, Banister, Williams (De Sousa), Coulson (Steele), Bird, Wilson, Brown (Showler).



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