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FOOTBALL: Clarets take pride from top display

Deeping Rangers got maximum reward for an excellent effort against league champions Daventry Town.

The Clarets claimed a late winner from Cameron Johnson to end a 29-match unbeaten league run dating back to early October.

Michael Goode's side finished six points behind as runners-up.

Michael Goode
Michael Goode

He said: "It was an excellent result in a really tough game, even though it was a dead rubber at the end of the season.

"Daventry went for it from the start and they came to win the game - no question about that.

"There was nothing riding on the result in terms of league positions but we can take plenty of pride and satisfaction from the performance and scoreline.

"The wind went straight down the pitch and it hampered us in the first half apart from having a couple of half chances.

"We went against the wind in the second half and it was easier to play passes. In the first half, the ball was running out of play and we couldn't find our targets.

"Dan Jarvis and Scott Mooney hit the bar before Michael Simpson blazed over when he should have scored near the end.

"We got the goal and matched Daventry all over the park by showing our quality.

"They didn't want to lose the unbeaten record and they came here with a strong squad which was similar to when we beat them in the Knockout Cup semi-final.

"We proved that we are certainly not far away and we responded well to the previous game against Peterborough Northern Star when we didn't play well.

"Now we've got decisions to make as a management team over next season.

"There is not a lot of work to do but we have been short on the bench in the past few weeks so we need to add numbers to the squad.

"We will be trying to make improvements with the same finances after finishing second with a reasonably good budget.

"Inevitably we could lose two or three players who don't want to travel or play at this level again.

"I'm pretty confident the squad will stick together but we need to add two or three and possibly replace others who leave."


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