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Manager Goode happy with Clarets progress at halfway stage

Deeping Rangers will be gunning for revenge when they travel to Eynesbury Rovers in the United Counties League Premier Division on Saturday.

The Clarets crashed to a 3-0 home defeat when the two sides met at the Haydon Whitham Stadium at the end of September.

It was Deeping’s first league loss of the season and they go into Saturday’s showdown protecting a four-match winning run.

Henry Dunn puts Rangers ahead on Tuesday night. Photo: @RussellDossett (6447423)
Henry Dunn puts Rangers ahead on Tuesday night. Photo: @RussellDossett (6447423)

They followed up last Saturday’s FA Vase victory over Eastwood Community with a tidy 2-0 home success over Leicester Nirvana on Tuesday night.

The victory moved Deeping into fourth place in the Premier Division standings and manager Michael Goode is happy with his side’s progress at the halfway point of the season.

He said: “We do owe Eynesbury one after what happened in the home match and we spoke about it after the game on Tuesday night.

“That was a bad day at the office, but we’re at the halfway point of the season and we’ve got 42 points now. If something had offered us that at the start of the season we’d have taken it.

“A few weeks ago you maybe looked at things and thought we had played a quite few teams down the bottom, but that’s caught up a bit.

Deeping toast Henry Dunn's opener. Photo: @RussellDossett (6447427)
Deeping toast Henry Dunn's opener. Photo: @RussellDossett (6447427)

“I thought we maybe hadn’t played as many tough games, but we’ve had Rugby, Cogenhoe, Desborough and Newport Pagnell all away, Leicester Nirvana and Pinchbeck at home and played Holbeach twice.

“The squad is looking good at the moment and, bringing Cameron Johnson back, has added extra quality and goals. It also gives us competition.

“I wanted to give the substitutes longer on Tuesday night, but 2-0 is a horrible score and it’s hard. If they get a goal back then suddenly you’re under pressure.

“I thought we managed the game alright though and it was a good performance.”

Centre-half Billy Stubbs is Deeping’s only absentee on Saturday as he remains sidelined with an abdominal injury.

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