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Rangers hoping to make the most of their home comforts in Cogenhoe clash

Assistant manager Jack Marsden is calling for more of the same from his rampant Deeping Rangers charges.

The Clarets return to United Counties League Premier Division action on Saturday when they entertain sixth-placed Cogenhoe at the Haydon Whitham Stadium.

They go into the clash on the back of a hugely-impressive 6-2 home win over table-topping Daventry Town in the semi-final of the League KO Cup on Tuesday night.

Rangers rose to the occasion with a sensational attacking display to blitz the leaders and Marsden wants his second-placed side to show the same intensity as they target a fourth successive league and cup win.

Deeping celebrate Maniche Sani's goal on Tuesday night. Photo: Tim Wilson (7977567)
Deeping celebrate Maniche Sani's goal on Tuesday night. Photo: Tim Wilson (7977567)

He said: "Cogenhoe are a strong, robust side who will work hard but, as long as we turn up with the same intensity and work-rate on Tuesday night, then we're not worried about anyone who we play.

"We shouldn't be worried about facing these top six teams as long as we start the game well because, if we don't, then it becomes very difficult.

"We switched off a couple of times on Tuesday night and there were areas of the game where we were appealing for things and stopping rather than actually trying to battle and win the ball and then appeal for it when it is out of play.

"That's where one of the goals came from, but overall we were really happy with the performance.

"We have disappointed in a couple of games at home this season, but it's a great place and deserves performances like Tuesday night.

"We love this place and we love coming here. Everything is pristine and there's no better set-up for me.

"Everyone does so much in the background and we're trying to play a brand of football that really reflects this set up."

Rangers are hoping that Cameron Johnson will have shrugged off a knock that forced his substitution on Tuesday night.

Johnson had earlier scored two goals before being replaced by Peterborough Sports loanee Maniche Sani who impressed with two assists and the crucial fourth goal that fended off a Daventry fightback.

Marsden added: "We're really pleased with Maniche. His attitude, work-rate and just his understanding of football is great.

"You sometimes get players who just want to get the ball and dribble, but Maniche just gets it, gives it and works hard.

"He caused Daventry all sorts of problems and we really like him. He just needs to play games and hopefully he'll be with us for the rest of the season.

"He's settled in really well, the boys love him and we just want him to go out and keep smiling when he plays."

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