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Home matches for Bourne Town and Deeping Rangers in the United Counties League

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Bourne Town and Deeping Rangers both face title-chasing tests in their home games this weekend.

The Wakes entertain third-placed Belper United looking to back up last Saturday’s 3-0 away win at Saffron Dynamo.

The victory virtually asssured Bourne of their place in Division One of the United Counties League next season ahead of a couple of tough tests for the Wakes.

Deeping manager Daniel French (55805303)
Deeping manager Daniel French (55805303)

After this weekend’s home match, they host league leaders Kimberley next Saturday before completing their campaign with trips to Lutterworth Athletic and Barrow as well as a derby duel with Blackstones at the JJ Mac Stadium.

Deeping are also preparing for two different table-topping tests in a home double-header for the Clarets.

They host United Counties League Premier Division North title-chasers Gresley Rovers at the Haydon Whitham Stadium on Saturday.

Daniel French’s side are then back in action again on Tuesday night when they entertain Premier Division South leaders Harborough Town in the semi-final of the Hinchingbrooke Cup.

Both matches will provide a tough test for the Clarets who are in ninth place after last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Quorn.

Gresley can now overhaul long-time leaders Long Eaton if they win their games in hand following the table-toppers’ surprise 1-1 draw at struggling Selston on Saturday which brings extra significance to their visit to Deeping.

French said: “It’s a really tough game and, after what happened on Saturday, Gresley now have a real chance of winning the league.

“We produced one of our best performances of the season to draw with them at their place but we are expecting another difficult game because they really have something to play for.

“They are the ones who really have to win though which might play into our hands a little bit if we can frustrate them.

“They will have to come at us and we have been quite good this season at soaking up a bit of pressure and then being quick and active on the break.”

The cup clash against Harborough will see Deeping aiming to book their place in the final after wins over Huntingdon and Bourne in the earlier rounds.

However, Harborough currently top the Premier Division South and clinched promotion to step four at the weekend with a 2-0 home success over nearest rivals Hinckley.

French added: “We are expecting two tough games but at least they’re at home and it’s quite nice that we’ve done most of our travelling for this season.

“It will be interesting to see how the top of the Premier Division South compares to us, especially with playing Gresley on Saturday, and the difference in the two.”

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