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Crucial clashes coming up for Clarets

Deeping Rangers manager Michael Goode wants his side to make more of their home comforts ahead of three crucial clashes for the Clarets.

Rangers are unbeaten on their travels in the United Counties League Premier Division this season having taken 14 points out of a possible 18.

However, they have already lost two of their six league matches at the Haydon Whitham Stadium this season after suffering 3-0 and 4-0 home losses against both Eynesbury Rovers and Oadby Town.

They are at home to bottom-of-the-table Wellingborough Whitworths in the league this Saturday before entertaining FC Clacton in the FA Vase the following weekend following a midweek League KO Cup quarter-final clash at Rothwell Corinthians.

And Goode is seeking a response from his charges after their disappointing display in the midweek loss to Oadby which saw Rangers’ four-match winning league run ended.

Manager Michael Goode. (5575820)
Manager Michael Goode. (5575820)

Goode said: “Our away form has been tremendous so we've got to go away and have a little look at what we're doing away that's a little bit different to what we're doing at home.

"Our home form and performances have not been as good as they should be. It was a really bad night on Tuesday and probably one of the worst performances for a long, long time.

"We gave two poor goals away in the Eynesbury game so we were on the back foot straight away. On Tuesday we had 15 minutes of half decent play, but we’ve then given the goal away. After that it was poor, it was awful.

"You don't get anything extra for losing by one goal or four, but the manner in which we conceded those last couple of goals was like we gave up a bit.

"We were devoid of ideas going forward as well and that's something we will definitely have to look at.

"We changed the way we played from last season. We brought players in to try and do that, they've done well and then leave for a higher level which is not helpful.

Dejected Deeping players after Tuesday's defeat. (5575818)
Dejected Deeping players after Tuesday's defeat. (5575818)

"It's a slight revolving door. When you're doing well you want to keep hold of everybody, but that hasn't been possible.

"Different people coming in have different qualities and maybe we have got to adapt our system to suit those qualities.

"Tuesday was not the end of the world, but it does make things harder when you're losing your games at home.

"We have now got to do our own job properly because we didn't do that on Tuesday night.

"Given we've had around 20 games with all the cups we're involved in, we've still had a good start to the season, but Tuesday obviously sours it slightly.

"We'll just regroup on Saturday because we've got three important and massive games coming up. We have to get back on it.”

Skipper David Burton-Jones is suspended for Saturday’s home clash with Whitworths while summer signing Harry Allcock has left Deeping for league rivals Leicester Nirvana.

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