FOOTBALL: FA Cup clash ‘not ideal’ – Korkmaz

Not up for the cup: Tuncay Korkmaz isn't too excited at the prospect of an early season FA Cup clash with Spalding United.
Not up for the cup: Tuncay Korkmaz isn't too excited at the prospect of an early season FA Cup clash with Spalding United.

Deeping Rangers v Spalding United (Saturday, 3pm): SOUTH Lincolnshire rivalry spills into the FA Cup with Budweiser this weekend with a mouth-watering derby in prospect.

However, that’s not a view shared by Deeping player/boss Tuncay Korkmaz, though.

The Turkish tactician, who enjoyed a fine spell with the Tulips as a player, admits both teams would have rather avoided each other.

He said: “To be honest, the last thing you want at this stage is a derby. But it is what it is and the fans will enjoy it.

“Both teams have built new teams over the summer and we’ll not be at our best yet. It’s not ideal.”

Andy Stanhope’s Spalding are still without midfielder Liam Hook, who sits out the final game of his three-match suspension.

The clash is a welcome distraction from the Tulips’ poor start to the United Counties League season, with the title hopefuls collection just one point from an available six against two of the Premier Division’s weaker sides.

Rangers hope to welcome back defender Dave Cornell, but fellow stopper Kris Jones is banned.

It’ll be the first competitive meeting between the Tulips and Deeping for eight years – but they’ll only have to wait another three days to go at it again.

Should the game end in a draw, the replay will take place at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field on Tuesday (7.45pm). The same fixture will take place should there be a winner too, with a UCL Premier Division clash already scheduled (again 7.45pm).