FOOTBALL: Deeping Rangers season review
The great entertainers at Deeping Rangers were not quite good enough to stay in the championship race.
Having picked up 94 points – six more than Yaxley – the Clarets needed to repeat that record 12 months later.
In 2016-17, they finished runners-up in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League’s Premier Division as well as losing in two cup finals.
But Deeping have again missed out on promotion and silverware.
This time, they couldn’t get it right when it really mattered at both ends of the pitch.
Ever-present striker Scott Coupland and his partner Scott Mooney were prolific – but the departure of Dan Schiavi was a setback.
The defensive record was generally good, although it proved very costly when they conceded at key moments during the final weeks of the campaign.
Deeping dropped points at home after Yaxley had ended the one-year unbeaten league run at the Haydon Whitham Stadium.
On the road, Rangers lost ground to challenge for the top two places.
Overall, though, they were wonderful to watch with a style of play which must not change because they have the right philosophy.
They needed to convert more chances, particularly when those misses offered an opportunity for opponents to nick a point.
Deeping didn’t manage to put together a long winning spell or hit top form too often.
The season will always be remembered for the Emirates FA Cup run which ended in front of a record crowd and the BBC cameras against former Football League club Kidderminster Harriers.
It was a special day and a huge bonus for everyone who works hard behind the scenes as well.
Last summer, the club made it clear that they wanted to go up. They looked ready – on and off the pitch – but couldn’t quite deliver in the final weeks.
Manager Michael Goode has already spoken about needing to freshen up the squad. But the future looks bright with a successful under-18 team.
Home – 8-1 v St Andrews, September 30. Away – 5-0 v Sileby Rangers, September 9.
Home – 4-2 v Kidderminster Harriers (FA Cup), September 16. Away – 3-1 v Hinckley (FA Vase), December 2.
HIGHEST ATTENDANCE (HOME)
696 v Kidderminster.
LOWEST ATTENDANCE (HOME)
56 v Cogenhoe United (Knockout Cup), August 26.
4 successive wins, 1 defeat, 9 unbeaten.