FOOTBALL: Commitment and desire key to victory, says Deeping Rangers boss

Jason Kilbride
Jason Kilbride
  • ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division
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Boss Michael Goode was full of praise for Deeping Rangers’ efforts on Saturday.

They answered his call for a response following the first home league defeat of the season.

Having lost 2-0 to Newport Pagnell Town, the visit of fifth-placed Eynesbury Rovers looked to be a tough test.

But the Clarets passed the examination thanks to Jason Kilbride’s opener and a double from top scorer Scott Coupland – taking their tally to 100 goals in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League’s Premier Division.

Goode admitted: “I didn’t even know we were close to 100 league goals, to be honest!

“We had a poor second-half performance last time after missing a couple of chances in the first period.

We grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck. We had worked hard in training for a high intensity.

Michael Goode

“So we spoke to the players about desire and commitment to win tackles and headers.

“We didn’t work hard or close the ball down as well as we usually do in that game with Newport Pagnell.

“We were prepared for a physical game with Eynesbury and we talked at length about what it meant in terms of our league position and producing a response to last week.

“They delivered really well from the first minute to the last from 1 to 11 plus the substitutes.

“Our creativity and quality was not as good as we often get. But the physicality was as good as we have seen this season.

“We didn’t stop pressing the ball, we won headers and we held the ball up front.

“Coupland hadn’t scored for a few weeks so it was great to get him back on target.

“Going forward, we looked better and pressing the ball got our second goal straight from the kick-off.

“Eynesbury rallied a bit in the second half and it felt a bit twitchy at 2-0.

“The key aspect of the game was showing that fight in terms of work-rate and commitment.

“We grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck. We had worked hard in training for a high intensity.

“It was a great win but we can’t look too far ahead.

“We can go to Sileby Rangers next Saturday with a bit of confidence.”

Deeping will be without striker Scott Mooney for the trip to Northampton.

However, Tom Waumsley is expected to be fit again. He was an unused substitute against Eynesbury after suffering a twisted ankle in training.