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FOOTBALL: 'What happened wasn't helpful but we had to accept it'

Michael Goode
Michael Goode

Deeping Rangers will go into Saturday's first-round tie after a blank weekend due to a late postponement.

The Clarets head to Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League Premier Division side Newmarket Town in the Buildbase FA Vase following
qualifying round wins over Blackstones and Walsham-le-Willows.

They were left frustrated on Friday night when the home league game against Oadby Town was called off due to a club suspension imposed by Leicestershire FA.

Deeping manager Michael Goode said: "The players didn't know until 8pm and it felt like we were being penalised.

"On the back of a decent win at Cogenhoe United last week, we had a full squad at home but we are already playing catch-up in the league.

"We are going to apply for three points to be awarded because there is a ruling in terms of a game being called off late when it's not your fault.

"There is a chance, although it hasn't happened for a couple of years.

"What happened on Friday night wasn't helpful but there is nothing we can do about it and we had to accept it.

"Now we have a two-week break until the FA Vase game and we're trying to get reports on Newmarket.

"This is still a competition where we definitely want to get through a few more rounds."

Deeping's reserve game at Cogenhoe was also called off on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Goode won the UCL Premier Division's manager-of-the-month award for September.

Deeping scored 16 goals last month in away wins over Holbeach United, Walsham-le-Willows, Huntingdon Town and Cogenhoe.

They also struck seven times against Blackstones but suffered 3-0 defeats to AFC Rushden & Diamonds and Eynesbury Rovers.

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