Midweek preview: Deeping Rangers v Huntingdon Town
Deeping Rangers are looking for an “okay start” to their season by picking up maximum points against Huntingdon Town at the Haydon Whitham Stadium on Tuesday night.
New boss Michael Goode is expected to have ex-Stamford utility player Jack Cotton available for a match against a side which he admits are an unknown quantity to him.
He said: “All I know about Huntingdon is that they’ve cancelled a number of friendlies because they’ve been a bit light on numbers, so no one has really played them.
“But we’re at home, Jack Cotton will be back and will hopefully come into the side.
“The boys know that we’ve just got to do better, keep the ball better and use it better when we get into the final third.
“But if we win, it’ll give us four points out of six which I’ll class as an okay start.”
Goode was fairly philosophical of his side’s 1-1 draw with Sileby Rangers on Saturday while expecting better things from them as the season progresses.
Seven players made their full debuts for Deeping in a much-changed side from that picked by Goode’s predecessor Tuncay Korkmaz.
“I’m disappointed with the result and disappointed with the second-half performance because we can do a lot better than that,” Goode said.
“In the first half, we did okay but you’ve got to say that it’s the first game of the season so nerves were there.
“Sileby have put together a team that will clearly work really hard and probably work harder in the first game of the season away than they will for the rest of the season.
“I was quite happy with the first half where we got in behind them, hit the bar and got the penalty.
“But in the second half, we never really got going, looked heavy-legged, our passing was off and our movement off the ball was very poor as well.”
Goode was left to reflect on what-ifs, including Fraser Sturgess’s 19th-minute effort which cannoned off the Sileby crossbar.
“We didn’t create enough, but we had six players missing and we have to get through this period,” Goode said.
“When the whole squad is back, I’ll think we’ll have a good, strong team without necessarily being in a position where we’ll win the league.
“The players we’ve got at the back and in midfield will allow us to be competitive, whoever we play and we want to win football matches.
“There aren’t going to be many teams that will roll us over, but we won’t win every game and that means we’ll have to dominate teams like Sileby.”