Rangers players ‘deserve chance’

Holbeach joint-manager Graham Drury
Holbeach joint-manager Graham Drury
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“So far, so good” is the assessment from Deeping Rangers boss Tuncay Korkmaz with just two weeks to go until the start of the season.

They followed up Saturday’s 1-1 draw against King’s Lynn Town with an eight-goal demolition of St Neots Saints at Outgang Road on Tuesday night.

Jamie Graham (2), Matt Heron (2), Fraser Sturgess, Ben Porter, Burton Jones and Tom Smith were all on target for Rangers who continue their build-up at home to Newmarket Town on Saturday.

Korkmaz said: “We did a lot of defending on Saturday but then got on the ball, created chances and scored goals on Tuesday.

“Although it was against a young team, the midweek game served a purpose. It’s a case of so far, so good.

“I’m sure the next three games will provide bigger tests to ensure we’re ready for the first league match on August 1.

“Before then I’d like to bring in an out-and-out goalscorer and another forward with pace.

“But it’s very tough to find the right players and I trust those who stayed at our club without too much encouragement. They deserve a chance.”

n Holbeach United can take “plenty of positives” from their 5-0 midweek defeat at Gainsborough Trinity, according to joint-manager Graham Drury.

He feels the players will benefit from the experience of facing a first-choice side from the Conference North.

Drury said: “We gifted them four goals and we saw the difference in the quality of their finishing. But there were some good individual performances.”

The Tigers face Grantham Town at Carter’s Park on Saturday.

n Bourne Town manager Rafa Mazzarella expects to be ready next week for some decisions over his squad.

They head to Crowland Town tonight (7pm) and entertain Sleaford Town on Tuesday after losing 2-1 at home to Riverside and beating Stilton 6-0.

Mazzarella said: “Both games so far have proved useful for different reasons.

“We are getting there with a few bits and pieces to sort out.

“After the next couple of friendlies we will probably know where we are at.”