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Walsham test for Rangers in prestigious competition

Michael Goode (4161971)
Michael Goode (4161971)

Deeping Rangers boss Michael Goode wants his side to pick up where they left off at the weekend as they hit the FA Vase trail again on Saturday.

The Clarets make the trip this weekend to face Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division side Walsham-le-Willows in the second qualifying round clash.

They go into the match having extended their unbeaten start to the United Counties League Premier Division campaign with a 3-2 away success at Holbeach United last Saturday.

The Clarets hit back from two goals down with a super second half showing which has helped yield 10 points from their opening four league games to the delight of boss Goode.

He said: "We are doing well and I am very pleased with how things have gone. We are in good shape and ticking along nicely.

"It was a great result on Saturday. We were very good in two periods of the game - the first 15 minutes and the last half-an-hour. We took our chances which was the real difference.

"If we can perform anything like the last half-hour on Saturday then we will be a difficult team to beat.

"If we don't perform, we'll be in the same boat as everyone else because cup ties are always 50-50 matches."

Rangers face a Willows side on Saturday who they met in the first qualifying round of the competition in 2016.

The two sides played out a 2-2 draw in Suffolk with Walsham then winning the replay at the Haydon Whitham Stadium on penalties after overturning a two-goal deficit to salvage a 3-3 draw.

They have made a solid start to the Thurlow Nunn League season, sitting in sixth place with three wins and a draw from their first five games.

Goode added: "They have had a good start but, like ourselves, we're not getting carried away by looking at league tables at this stage of the season.

"We went there a couple of years ago so we know it's a tough place to go. It's a good surface with good facilities so we know what to expect.

"It's a competition that personally and as a club we want to do well in, but we also don't want it to affect our other aspirations for the season.

"It gives you the opportunity to look forward to a cup game every so often, but we know there are some big teams in the competition with good resources and budgets."

Rangers will be without the suspended Charlie Coulson and unavailable Billy Stubbs for the clash, but look set to retain the services of Dan Schiavi for a few more weeks before he departs for America.

Goode added: "We have made two good acquisitions in Danny Durkin and Cameron Johnson recently and, even though we've got a couple of players unavailable for this Saturday, we're able to plug the holes.

"We'll have a really good starting 11 and a strong bench while people will also get the opportunity to stake their claim."

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