FOOTBALL: Future Lions UCL Premier Division: Rugby Town 1 Deeping Rangers 1
Deeping Rangers manager Michael Goode is in confident mood when it comes to his side’s ability to challenge on four fronts this season.
A historic fourth round tie in the FA Vase has been backed up with a semi-final place in the KitmanUK Knockout Cup, the quarter-finals of the Lincolnshire FA Senior Trophy and a Premier Division title challenge that gained momentum with a draw at second-placed Rugby Town.
Saturday’s trip to Butlin Road could have gone even better for the Clarets had ex-Spalding United starlet Jonny Lockie managed to convert a golden one-on-one opportunity in added time at the end of the game.
Goode said: “We didn’t go there worrying about Rugby, we went there with confidence having gone through a good week.
“In the first half, we were the better side and their keeper should have been red-carded when Dan Jarvis went through before he was clattered into, with no defenders behind the keeper.
“Rugby didn’t really threaten us much, although we were up against a gale force wind, and we came out in the second half looking to get the ball into their final third.”
A lapse in concentration by Deeping’s Jack Fryett allowed Rugby sub Charlie Evans to steal the ball and find Danico Johnson who cut inside from the left and let fly past Clarets’ keeper Lewis Elsom.
But Rangers went looking for the equaliser as Jarvis saw his shot, from a Charlie Coulson pass, deflect off a Rugby defender and away from goal.
The homes side went close to a second when Richard Blythe escaped the Deeping defenders to create space for a shot that Elsom saved well.
But with time nearly up, the visitors finally levelled things when Dan Schiavi’s free kick allowed David Burton-Jones to power a header home from the edge of the box.”
Next up for the Clarets are two games against Boston Town, one in the Senior Trophy tonight and then a trip to the DWB Stadium on Saturday.
Goode said: “Fortunately, we can switch from the FA Vase and Knockout Cup because they’re not until January and March respectively.
“The league is unpredictable, with players coming in and going out all the time.
“I don’t know who Boston have brought in because they always seem to have three or four new signings.
“But we have to play with an intensity where they can’t get on the front foot.
“We want to win as many games as we possibly can and see where that takes us.”