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Rangers return for ex-Bourne boss Porter to join management team

Manager Michael Goode has set his sights on bettering a brilliant season after agreeing to stay on at the Deeping Rangers helm for another campaign.

Goode guided the Clarets to second spot in the United Counties League Premier Division last season as well securing success in the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy after a record-breaking run to the fifth round of the FA Vase.

Rangers also reached the final of the League KO Cup before being expelled from the competition for fielding an ineligible player in their semi-final drubbing of Premier Division champions Daventry.

Deeping manager Michael Goode. (10373893)
Deeping manager Michael Goode. (10373893)

And, with an extra promotion place up for grabs in the Premier Division next season, Goode wants to exceed this season’s achievements in what will be his fourth campaign as Clarets chief.

Goode said: “I thought long and hard about it.

“There were two trains of thought – can we take it any further or can we make one or two tweaks and make a brilliant season this year even better next.

“There is an extra promotion place next season which gives us that incentive to bring something like that to a good club like Deeping.

“It will be tough though. After we finished second in the 2016-17 season, we were fifth the next season so that’s something we will have to work on to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Goode, who won the United Counties League as a player with Deeping in 2006/07, will again be assisted by Jack Marsden with Martin Bond and Danny Bircham remaining part of the Clarets’ coaching team along with physio Sam Seal.

Leigh Porter has returned to Deeping Rangers. (10374858)
Leigh Porter has returned to Deeping Rangers. (10374858)

They will also be assisted for the coming campaign by former Bourne Town boss and ex-Peterborough United commercial manager Leigh Porter.

Porter managed a successful Deeping Rangers Under 18s team before moving on to the Wakes at the start of last season where an unexpected increase in work commitments curtailed his spell at the JJ Mac Stadium.

Goode commented: “Leigh wanted to get back involved and will have an input both on and off the pitch as we look to take things forward.

“He has experience and expertise from his time with Peterborough United as well. He’s enthusiastic, energised and, having an extra man on board, will relieve a bit of the pressure on us.”

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