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Deeping Rangers make progress in the Hinchingbrooke Cup

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Deeping Rangers set up a derby showdown with near neighbours Bourne Town after victory in Tuesday night's Hinchingbrooke Cup tie at Huntingdon.

The Clarets ran out 5-0 winners in the first round contest against their Thurlow Nunn League League Division One North hosts.

Will Bird and Jones De Sousa both struck twice with an own goal also adding to their tally as Deeping bounced back after Saturday's disappointing FA Vase exit.

Will Bird and Jones De Sousa both scored twice in the midweek win. (53320432)
Will Bird and Jones De Sousa both scored twice in the midweek win. (53320432)

Manager Daniel French said: "We did well and it was just what we needed after Saturday.

"It was a back-to-basics performance as we worked really hard with and without the ball.

"We made some really good choices with the ball which worked well. The first half was a bit more even but it was still a positive after Saturday.

"We really kicked on in the second half and were very good which was nice to see."

Rangers had held a one-goal lead at the break as Bird headed home from a Charlie Coulson free-kick.

Bird, Sam Fielding, Ta'i Williams and Coulson all had half chances to increase their advantage before half-time.

And Rangers didn't let their grip on the contest slip in the second period as Bird scored his second while De Sousa was rewarded for some impressive performances this season with a brace.

Williams also saw a cross turned home into his own net by a Huntingdon defender as Rangers progressed to the next round.

They handed a first full start to youngster Sam Fielding who produced an impressive performance.

French added: "Sam did really well. He played the full 90 minutes and it was really pleasing to see.

"It's good that I can put him in, knowing he can handle it, and he really grew into the game."

Deeping have suffered a double player setback though as defender Tom Smith has joined Northern Premier League Midlands Division side Yaxley while midfielder Dan Banister's availability will now be limited due to a change in his work commitments.

Jake Brown and Robbie Ellis are also ruled out for several weeks due to injury but Matt Carter does return for Saturday's United Counties League Premier Division North trip to Eastwood having completed his suspension.

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