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FOOTBALL: 'Almost perfect' from Deeping Rangers

Michael Goode was full of praise for "a really good performance" after Deeping Rangers extended their unbeaten away league record.

Second-half goals from Cameron Johnson and Henry Dunn earned victory at eighth-placed Oadby Town on Saturday.

The Clarets remain seven points behind league leaders Daventry Town with a game in hand at home to Desborough Town on Tuesday night.

Michael Goode
Michael Goode

Deeping boss Goode said: "I thought we approached the game in an almost perfect fashion.

"We were worried before this game on a sticky pitch against a side who beat us up when they won 4-0 earlier in the season.

"There were three or four different players from that meeting but we knew they couldn't play as well again and we couldn't play as badly.

"We tried to get into the right areas, although we didn't pass the ball quite as much as normal due to the conditions.

"We produced plenty of attacking football with a lot of efforts which were cleared off the line or kept out at the near post.

"We looked threatening but we were concerned by their counter-attacks as well.

"The second half started a bit slowly and we left Johnson on the pitch for a little longer considering he didn't feel well.

"A well-measured ball over the top put him through one-on-one with the keeper to put us ahead then Dunn got another great finish.

"I'm really pleased with the response to our home defeats to Oadby and Eynesbury Rovers.

"In previous seasons, we would have been happy with an away point but now we're trying to win those games.

"We know Daventry and Rugby Town also won at the weekend but we only have to look after ourselves.

"As far as we're concerned, we'd like to see a side like Holbeach United on a winning run because they would take points off other teams.

"However, we can't worry about anyone else when we've got a really tough month coming up.

"Since losing in the FA Vase, we have taken six points against Sleaford Town and Oadby in difficult conditions. That's a really good return."

Midfielder Dan Jarvis - who missed Saturday's game due to illness - is expected to be back in the squad on Tuesday night.


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