Deeping have something 'different in their locker' this season
Deeping Rangers manager Michael Goode feels his side have added something 'different to their locker' this season after booking their place in the quarter-finals of the United Counties League KO Cup on Wednesday night.
A solitary strike just past the hour mark from midfielder Michael Simpson helped the Clarets account for Premier Division rivals Pinchbeck United.
And, after seeing his side secure a trip to Rothwell Corinthians in the last eight, Goode was delighted with his side's steely showing against the second-placed Knights.
He said: "It was a really good performance and we are growing as a team.
"Our style is a bit different now. We're showing that we've got something different in our locker.
"We've got a philosophy we want to stick to. We believe in playing football the right way.
"We have done it exceptionally well for the last two seasons but, when that's not going quite so well, we have struggled to have something to fall back on.
"We've still got the quality in the final third, but we're got a little bit of steel about us now as well.
"I'm really pleased. It's another clean sheet. Pinchbeck play efficient football and create a lot of pressure. They have got some good players in their side.
"But I don't remember Danny Bircham having a save to make on target. The back four were brilliant and were shielded well by the midfield.
"Michael Simpson, at 38, is still an unbelievable player. He's making the ground, winning the first ball and then the second ball. We're learning and we're growing."
Player-coach Bircham was again forced to deputise for new number one Sam Vince who has been sidelined with a stomach bug.
But it was his opposite number - record-breaking appearance holder Paul Bastock - who was the busiest of the two keepers in the first half on his Knights debut.
Bastock dived full length to tip away a decent Dan Jarvis strike before swiftly racing from the line to block another effort from Rangers' recent recruit who had broken clear.
Scott Mooney curled a sweet strike inches wide of the home goal as the opening period finished goalless.
The Knights made a bright start to the second period with Ollie Maltby turning a dangerous cross from Stamford loanee Joe Bates just wide before Bircham palmed away a fierce strike from Maltby which looked to be heading wide.
Harry Peasgood headed just wide for the hosts from a corner before Jarvis' cross to the back post saw Jonny Lockie go close for the Clarets.
The deadlock was broken after 61 minutes when Lockie's centre picked out Simpson and, although his initial effort was blocked by Luke Wilson, the Deeping midfielder reacted first to head home the rebound.
Despite Pinchbeck enjoying the lions share of the possession in the final stages, it was Deeping who came closest to adding to their tally when a David Burton-Jones header was deflected onto the home crossbar as the Clarets comfortably saw out the remaining minutes to move into the quarter-finals of the competition.
Pinchbeck: Bastock, Peasgood, Gardner, Tidswell, Field, Wilson, Beeson, Bates (Ogden), Fieldhouse (Edwards), Maltby, Bayliss. Subs not used: Shipley, Bishop, Lovelace (GK).
Deeping: Bircham, Flack, Andersen, Burton-Jones, Hunnings, Stubbs, Lockie, Coulson, Mooney, Jarvis (Harris), Simpson. Subs not used: Carter, Fryett, Briers, Marsden.