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Difficult test for Deeping who face long trip




Deeping Rangers have been handed a massive boost ahead of their FA Vase clash with Wantage Town on Saturday.

The highly-rated Dan Schiavi is back in the Rangers ranks for their second round tie after returning from America.

Schiavi is expected to be with the Clarets for the majority of the remainder of the season and goes into Saturday's squad for the long trip to Oxfordshire.

Striker Danny Durkin will also return for the trip to the Hellenic League high-flyers after work commitments ruled him out of Wednesday's KO Cup victory over Pinchbeck.

Dan Schiavi. (5146534)
Dan Schiavi. (5146534)

Manager Michael Goode said: "It's a massive bonus for us to have Dan Schiavi back and we are looking in really good shape.

"To bring Dan Schiavi and Danny Durkin back into the squad for Saturday is really big for the club.

"After playing on Wednesday, there isn't a lot of rest for players before Saturday, but it's one of those things and we have to deal with it which we will. Wednesday was one cup game ticked off and we now look to Saturday."

Wantage are currently fifth in the Premier Division of the Hellenic League - which is at the same level in the non-league pyramid as Deeping.

They have lost just twice in the league this season, but were beaten for the first time at home by Flackwell Heath last weekend.

Manager Ben Sadler and coach Paul Braithwaite resigned a fortnight ago, but are still in charge until replacements can be found.

Deeping boss Goode commented: "It's going to be extremely difficult. It's a really long journey for us.

"You always fancy your chances more at home but, it's like any cup game, it's always 50-50 before the kick-off.

"We're getting better at staying in games and always knowing that we're going to create two or three chances.

"We are looking solid, but we've still got enough quality going forward. Our away form is where we would want it to be at the moment."



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