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Home advantage for Clarets in last four

Deeping Rangers are ready for the ‘game of the day’ in the United Counties League Premier Division on Saturday following back-to-back cup victories.

The fourth-placed Clarets visit Rugby Town - who currently occupy second spot – this weekend looking to continue their strong run of form.

They booked their place in the fourth round of the FA Vase for the first time in the club’s history last Saturday with a 4-2 home success over FC Clacton.

Rangers then reached the semi-final of the League KO Cup after a 1-0 away win at Rothwell Corinthians on Tuesday night.

Luke Hunnings scored Deeping's winner. (5805688)
Luke Hunnings scored Deeping's winner. (5805688)

A cracking early strike from Luke Hunnings settled the contest and earned Rangers a home tie with Premier Division leaders Daventry Town in the last four.

Hunnings hit home a fierce volley from the edge of the box after just eight minutes following Rothwell partially clearing Luke Andersen’s deep free-kick.

It was enough to secure victory for the Clarets in a game of few chances and ensure back-to-back cup successes following the weekend’s FA Vase win.

Assistant manager Martin Bond commented: “We were very aware that Rothwell in recent games had been getting their act together.

“Therefore, it was very important that after our magnificent high from winning a pulsating FA Vase game on Saturday that this game didn’t become a game of ‘after the Lord Mayor’s show’, especially having lost at Rothwell last season.

“This was our third away game in the competition and credit goes to the boys who started well.

“It looked like Rothwell were going to get plenty of bodies behind the ball, but that strategy had to change after Luke’s stunning volley into the roof of the net.

“This opened the game up but, although we couldn’t play the football we would have like to, we dominated possession without really creating any clear-cut chances.

“The second half became more of the same as we went looking for that second goal.

“But, as in the previous round at Pinchbeck, that second goal became elusive and the back four were tremendous in keeping a clean sheet in such conditions.

“We’re back on the road again on Saturday travelling across to Rugby which should be the game of the day.”

Rangers’ best chance to increase their advantage on Tuesday night came in the second half when Dan Jarvis was felled in the box by Ben Johnson, but David Burton-Jones’ spot kick rattled the upright.

Dan Schiavi then smashed a 25-yard free-kick against the post before Clarets custodian Phil McGann comfortably dealt with a couple of Luke Phillips efforts to ensure Rangers’ progress.

Rangers are also in action on Tuesday night when they host league rivals Boston Town in the quarter-final of the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy.

Deeping: McGann, Flack, Fryett, Andersen, Hunnings, Burton-Jones, Dunn (Simpson), Jarvis, Mooney, Lockie (Coulson), Schiavi. Not used: Carter, Marsden, Bircham.

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