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Deeping Rangers manager Michael Goode faces former club Bedford Town in FA Cup preliminary round clash

Deeping Rangers boss Michael Goode wants his side to play with freedom as they go in search of a shock result in the Emirates FA Cup against one of his former clubs.

The Clarets head to Southern League Division One Central side Bedford Town in the preliminary round on Saturday.

Goode admitted: "This is somewhere I've wanted to go back to since I signed for them 25 years ago after going with Andy Lloyd from Potton when I had just turned 18.

Michael Goode (front row, second left) as a Bedford Town player. (15609382)
Michael Goode (front row, second left) as a Bedford Town player. (15609382)

"My debut was against Birmingham City. We won 1-0 and I marked Steve Claridge.

"But in my first season I broke my leg after 20 minutes at Lewes when we were 4-0 up at the time.

"I'm looking forward to going back to Bedford and we can go there with a little bit of pressure off.

"The weight of expectation is off our shoulders so we can try to enjoy it.

"We're going there to win, of course, and our record against Step Four sides in this competition has been good in recent seasons after knocking out the likes of Dereham Town and Leek Town.

"Bedford lost 4-0 in midweek so they will be a bit shaken by that result.

"We can only get better and we've got work to do by adding more tempo and pace."

Michael Goode in action for Bedford Town. (15609385)
Michael Goode in action for Bedford Town. (15609385)

Prolific scorer Scott Mooney is likely to miss Saturday's game after being hurt in stoppage time on Wednesday night against Holbeach United.

However, summer signing Sam Murphy is ready to be involved in the squad.

Jordan Macleod's superb solo effort earned a 2-2 draw at the Tigers after Jonny Lockie cancelled out Dan Jarvis' first-half opener.

Goode reflected: "If we had got a better result last Saturday when I think we should have taken a point, we probably would have been happy with a draw at Holbeach.

"It's a tough place to go and we are not in any rhythm at the moment.

"Holbeach had three successive wins so they were buoyed by that form having also added a couple of players from Stamford.

"If we are playing well at full throttle, we can win any game.

"We went to Holbeach with a plan and executed it really well for 35 minutes by matching their physicality and work-rate.

"We tried to go from back to front a little bit quicker - but then we probably went too long rather than playing through the thirds and working on second balls.

"At 1-0, we needed to switch our brains on and stay in front until half-time.

Scott Mooney is an injury doubt. (15609649)
Scott Mooney is an injury doubt. (15609649)

"Lewis Elsom made a poor decision. He has done it a couple of times this season and it looks great if you get away with it by knocking the ball forward.

"This time, with Lockie pressing high, he tried to take a touch. Next time he needs to clear the ball and he won't make that mistake again.

"We switched off from a set-piece - exactly the same as what happened last Saturday - and we didn't react at the far post.

"At 2-1 down, we tried to get the ball down and Jarvis became more influential.

"The equaliser was an absolute moment of magic from Jordan and we know he's capable of doing that if we get him on the ball.

"I don't recall Lewis making a save in the second half even though Holbeach tried to get in behind us.

"Ricky Drury didn't have a save either but we were backing Jordan to score again from a one-one-one and, if Jeremiah Adams holds his run, he gets a tap-in to win it 3-2.

"Overall it was probably a fair result."

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