Rival bosses Tuncay Korkmaz and Pat Rayment are both full of confidence ahead of tonight’s UCL Premier Division derby between Deeping Rangers and Spalding United.
It’s third place against fourth at Outgang Road (7.45pm), with both parties confident of success.
Deeping player/boss Korkmaz, who has Harry Deane back from suspension, said: “We’ve played very well against the top two (Holbeach and St Ives) in our past two games. I’m expecting more of the same.”
Tulips chief Rayment, who has released striker Ash Stevens, added: “I’d back us against anyone. I’ve seen Deeping a few times and I’m confident.”
Deeping’s Steve Julian misses the game, while Spalding’s Scott Musgrove and Jay Smedley are still some way from returning from injury.
There’s another tasty derby clash at Carter’s Park tomorrow night, as Boston Town visit Holbeach United.
The fixture will be Andy Toyne’s last for the Tigers before returning to parent club Spalding.
But ex-King’s Lynn Town midfielder Rob Hughes is in the Holbeach squad after finalising his move to John Chand’s side – who are bidding to make it ten league wins from as many games.
Chand said: “We may have won nine out of nine, but form goes out the window against Boston.
“The games between us are always eventful and highly charged, so we’ll have to be ready for that.
“We’ve got a few ex-Boston players in the squad, so that’ll add a bit of spice to the occasion too.
“I may make a few changes, but it’s a game we always want to win.”
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