Sports editor Mark Lea: Opportunity of more magic in the FA Cup if Rangers get it right

Fraser Sturgess on the attack for Deeping in the replay win over Leek Town last week. Photo by Tim Wilson
Fraser Sturgess on the attack for Deeping in the replay win over Leek Town last week. Photo by Tim Wilson
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It’s always wonderful to see a team in claret and blue playing the ‘right way’ and winning.

This time I’m not going to reflect on West Ham United’s challenge for the Premier League title – unlike Manchester’s clubs, without splashing out hundreds of millions on their squad of superstars.

Closer to home, Deeping Rangers are a lovely club who deserve so much credit on and off the pitch.

Last season I really enjoyed covering their games and working out Tuncay Korkmaz’s tactical plans.

Following some changes over the summer, it seems as though they will be even stronger this term. The signings of Scott Mooney and Scott Coupland have already brought plenty of goals.

Although they have dropped a few points rather unexpectedly in the UCL Premier Division, Michael Goode’s claret and blue army go marching on in the Emirates FA Cup.

I’m not suggesting that I might be a lucky charm for Rangers but I have reported on all three home wins in this competition against Boston Town, Dereham Town and Leek Town.

Each time they have deserved to go through with the bonus of the prize money.

I’m looking forward to being back at the Haydon Whitham Stadium on Saturday for the second qualifying round tie with AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

It certainly won’t be an easy game for Deeping as last season’s UCL champions Diamonds are currently on an incredible run of 30 competitive matches without defeat.

But if Deeping get it right defensively, find Coupland in space and create a chance in the box for Mooney then there is a real opportunity of an upset.

It would be great to see Deeping, Holbeach United and Spalding United all make further progress for some more magic in the FA Cup.