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Clarets chief hails 'great' performance from his charges

Manager Michael Goode was ‘over the moon’ after his Deeping Rangers side booked a place in the fourth round of the FA Vase for the first time in the club’s history on Saturday.

Rangers ran out 4-2 winners in their third round clash with Thurlow Nunn Premier Division side FC Clacton at the Haydon Whitham Stadium.

An early goal from Dan Schavi set Rangers on their way before the Seasiders equalised from the penalty spot.

Two strikes in two first half minutes from Michael Simpson and Dan Jarvis then put the Clarets in control at the break.

And, although Clacton reduced the arrears 10 minutes into the second half, Jarvis’ second of the afternoon sealed Rangers’ place in the last 32.

Deeping Rangers FC - second-half action v Clacton Game over (5724470)
Deeping Rangers FC - second-half action v Clacton Game over (5724470)

Goode said: “I'm over the moon. It was a great performance all-round and a great result.

"It's always tough at the start because you don't know what you're expecting. I thought Clacton were a really good side.

"They were a good footballing side and kept trying to play all the time, but I thought we kept our shape well because of it.

“We could have gone chasing the ball, but they might have passed it around us because they were a good side.

“We’ve had a bit of criticism this year because we haven’t quite played the football of the previous seasons, but we knew that.

“We’re still getting results and we’ve only lost three games this season. We’ve been on the edge of good performances and I thought this was it.

"I thought we were really good for the first 15 minutes. It was the best we had played this season.

"We cut them apart. The first goal was the result of some really good football.

"I don't know how we didn't score a second and Lewis was then very unlucky with the penalty - he's saved it and it's rolled over the line.

"It's easy to lose your head a little bit when you concede like that, but I thought we got a grip on the game again.

"We were a little bit lucky with the second goal, but the third was a good bit of football from Dan Schiavi and then an unbelievable strike.

"In any cup game in these conditions, it's always 50-50 so to be 3-1 up at half-time gives you a cushion.

"We had something to work with. We brought Charlie Coulson on to get hold of the game in the last half-an-hour. He passed it properly and gave us a real calmness on the ball by picking some lovely little pockets.

"Lewis (Elsom) has made a great save, but their keeper has done as well.

“It was a great result overall. It was good for the lads and they deserved it.

“I’ve probably been involved in six or seven FA Vase runs and we’ve never still been in it after Christmas so I’m happy to get through.”

Rangers are back in action on Tuesday night when they travel to Rothwell Corinthians in the quarter-final of the UCL KO Cup.

Deeping Rangers FC - second-half action v Clacton Game over (5724474)
Deeping Rangers FC - second-half action v Clacton Game over (5724474)

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