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Deeping Rangers manager Daniel French hailed a 'massive achievement' for the club as a strong finale to the season looks set to secure a top five finish.

The Clarets recorded a victory treble in their last three games as they followed up the previous weekend's win at Leicester Nivana with a six-point haul over Easter.

They were 1-0 home winners over Loughborough Students on Saturday before beating Holbeach United 3-0 on Monday.

Deeping Rangers were 3-0 winners against Holbeach United on Monday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56147843)
Deeping Rangers were 3-0 winners against Holbeach United on Monday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56147843)

With other results going in their favour, Rangers will finish as the highest Lincolnshire team in the Premier Division North after an excellent second half of the season.

They have recorded 11 wins, two draws and just four defeats since close to Christmas which has catapulted them up the table.

Boss French said: "It's been a really good season and to take fifth place behind the so-called big four, especially where we were sat at the beginning of December, is a massive achievement for us.

Deeping Rangers were 3-0 winners against Holbeach United on Monday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56147903)
Deeping Rangers were 3-0 winners against Holbeach United on Monday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56147903)

"My challenge for the lads next year now is that we've shown when we're at it we can be a real force in this division.

"It's now about finding that consistency so we're at it for 25 or 30 games a season rather than 10 or 15.

"As good as it is to finish fifth, I do look back at some of the points we have dropped and think we could easily have added another 10 or 12 to our tally.

Deeping Rangers were 3-0 winners against Holbeach United on Monday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56147845)
Deeping Rangers were 3-0 winners against Holbeach United on Monday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56147845)

"It is sometimes the nature of the season that you drop points and pick up unexpected ones but it just shows that, if we can find that level of consistency, we will be in a really good place."

A solitary strike from Will Bird for his 25th goal of the season had secured the win on Saturday after an excellent all-round effort against a talented Students side.

They then backed that up with a three-goal home win on Monday, courtesy of goals from Luke Hunnings, Sam Wilson and the impressive Jones De Sousa.

Deeping Rangers were 3-0 winners against Holbeach United on Monday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56147905)
Deeping Rangers were 3-0 winners against Holbeach United on Monday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56147905)

French added: "It was a superb way to finish the season and we were outstanding on Saturday.

"We played at a really high tempo and didn't let them settle at all. We were right at it from the start and our work-rate and pressing was superb.

"It wasn't the most attractive performance to watch but, from my point of view, it was the most complete 90 minutes of the season.

Deeping Rangers were 3-0 winners against Holbeach United on Monday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56147913)
Deeping Rangers were 3-0 winners against Holbeach United on Monday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56147913)

"We have done things in fits and starts but, as a collective for 90 minutes, our organisation and being disciplined in our shape just proved that, when we're at that level, we can be a match for any team.

"We thoroughly the deserved the win and it set us up nicely for the Holbeach game where we had to be professional to beat a young side.

"It was about doing the basics well and not thinking it was going to be an easy ride."

Deeping Rangers were 3-0 winners against Holbeach United on Monday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56147919)
Deeping Rangers were 3-0 winners against Holbeach United on Monday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56147919)

Clarets (v Loughborough): Swan, Flack, Smith, Bloodworth, Hunnings, De Sousa, Wilson, Bird, Steele (Tudosa 78), Brown (Pancho 71).

Clarets (v Holbeach): Swan, Flack, Smith, Burton-Jones, Hunnings, Wilson, De Sousa, Ellis (Carter 78), Bird, Steele (Coulson 62), Brown (Tudosa 63). Not used: Bloodworth, Crockett.

Deeping Rangers were 3-0 winners against Holbeach United on Monday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56147927)
Deeping Rangers were 3-0 winners against Holbeach United on Monday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56147927)
Deeping Rangers were 3-0 winners against Holbeach United on Monday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56147929)
Deeping Rangers were 3-0 winners against Holbeach United on Monday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56147929)
Deeping Rangers were 3-0 winners against Holbeach United on Monday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56147933)
Deeping Rangers were 3-0 winners against Holbeach United on Monday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56147933)
Deeping Rangers were 3-0 winners against Holbeach United on Monday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56147847)
Deeping Rangers were 3-0 winners against Holbeach United on Monday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56147847)
Deeping Rangers were 3-0 winners against Holbeach United on Monday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56147935)
Deeping Rangers were 3-0 winners against Holbeach United on Monday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56147935)
Deeping Rangers were 3-0 winners against Holbeach United on Monday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56147939)
Deeping Rangers were 3-0 winners against Holbeach United on Monday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (56147939)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 home winners over Loughborough Students. Photo: David Pearson (56162801)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 home winners over Loughborough Students. Photo: David Pearson (56162801)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 home winners over Loughborough Students. Photo: David Pearson (56162792)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 home winners over Loughborough Students. Photo: David Pearson (56162792)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 home winners over Loughborough Students. Photo: David Pearson (56162791)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 home winners over Loughborough Students. Photo: David Pearson (56162791)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 home winners over Loughborough Students. Photo: David Pearson (56162790)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 home winners over Loughborough Students. Photo: David Pearson (56162790)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 home winners over Loughborough Students. Photo: David Pearson (56162789)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 home winners over Loughborough Students. Photo: David Pearson (56162789)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 home winners over Loughborough Students. Photo: David Pearson (56162800)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 home winners over Loughborough Students. Photo: David Pearson (56162800)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 home winners over Loughborough Students. Photo: David Pearson (56162799)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 home winners over Loughborough Students. Photo: David Pearson (56162799)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 home winners over Loughborough Students. Photo: David Pearson (56162794)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 home winners over Loughborough Students. Photo: David Pearson (56162794)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 home winners over Loughborough Students. Photo: David Pearson (56162795)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 home winners over Loughborough Students. Photo: David Pearson (56162795)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 home winners over Loughborough Students. Photo: David Pearson (56162796)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 home winners over Loughborough Students. Photo: David Pearson (56162796)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 home winners over Loughborough Students. Photo: David Pearson (56162797)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 home winners over Loughborough Students. Photo: David Pearson (56162797)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 home winners over Loughborough Students. Photo: David Pearson (56162798)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 home winners over Loughborough Students. Photo: David Pearson (56162798)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 home winners over Loughborough Students. Photo: David Pearson (56162793)
Deeping Rangers were 1-0 home winners over Loughborough Students. Photo: David Pearson (56162793)


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