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Clarets can cut lead to six points if they win their game in hand

Deeping Rangers manager Michael Goode is urging his side to make the most of their chance to turn up the heat in the United Counties League Premier Division title race.

The Clarets are currently nine points adrift of table-topping Daventry Town who have just five league matches remaining.

Deeping still have six matches left and play their game in hand on the league leaders this weekend when they make the trip to Leicester Nirvana.

Rangers are due to host Daventry on the final weekend of the league campaign and have the more favourable run-in with the leaders facing tough tests against Holbeach, Pinchbeck and Rugby in the coming months.

And Goode wants his charges to make the most of the opportunity to close the gap on the leaders by recording a fourth successive Premier Division win.

Dan Schiavi (8122853)
Dan Schiavi (8122853)

Goode said: "Our only job is to go to Nirvana and get a result.

"If we do, it just applies a little bit more pressure with, what I think, will be three hard games for Daventry before that final match of the season.

"That final game could mean everything or nothing."

Deeping will be without the suspended Dan Flack following his sending off last weekend in the 2-1 home win over Cogenhoe.

That match also marked the final game in Clarets colours for Dan Schiavi who has moved to America after a series of stellar performances for Rangers.

Goode commented: "Dan's been brilliant for us over the last three seasons.

"It's going to be a big loss, but we were without him after Christmas and we still won games. We'll re-shape accordingly.

"Dan Flack's absence also gives Tyler Walker an opportunity to come in at full-back and we'll go from there."

After Saturday's league clash, Rangers' attentions will turn to the final of the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy on Wednesday night.

The Clarets take on Northern Counties East League Division One table-toppers Grimsby Borough in the final at Lincoln United's Ashby Avenue ground (7.45pm kick-off).

Deeping are deciding on their next course of action after being thrown out of the United Counties League KO Cup.

The Clarets admitted fielding an ineligible player in last Tuesday night's crushing 6-2 home victory over Premier Division leaders Daventry Town at the Haydon Whitham Stadium.

Tyler Walker - who came on as an 89th substitute in the semi-final clash - had already appeared in a first round tie for Boston Town in their victory at Peterborough Northern Star.

Rangers received notification this week from league officials that they had been removed from the competition with Daventry taking their place in the final against Holbeach United on Monday, May 6.

A club statement said: “While accepting the technicality of the misdemeanour, we do not believe the ruling takes into account the elements involved on the impact of the result, which was clearly in our favour at the time of the incident.

“We find it hard to take after such a sterling performance and comprehensive result and the club share with Mike Goode and his team the extreme disappointment the situation has caused.

“Deeping Rangers now have the official notification and are deciding on our course of action.”

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