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FA Vase exit for Deeping Rangers




Deeping Rangers suffered a knockout blow after last season's record-breaking run.

The Clarets reached the last 16 of the national competition for the first time and earned
exemption to the second round on Saturday.

But they were beaten by Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division side Stanway Rovers at the Haydon Whitham Stadium.

Deeping Rangers v Stanway Rovers
Deeping Rangers v Stanway Rovers

Jack McGovern - who signed on dual registration from Grantham Town - headed the equaliser on 73 minutes, only for Stanway to strike twice.

Rangers boss Michael Goode said: "They are a good side who would be around the top four in our division.

"It was very much a 50-50 game in terms of who came out on top on the day.

Deeping Rangers v Stanway Rovers
Deeping Rangers v Stanway Rovers

"It was pretty evenly contested and cagey as both teams scrapped away.

"Lewis Elsom made a couple of good saves in the first half and we had a goal disallowed.

"Stanway started better in the second half but we gave away a poor goal from a throw-in just inside our half.

"The ball was flicked on and we got caught square at the back as they went through to score unchallenged.

Deeping Rangers v Stanway Rovers
Deeping Rangers v Stanway Rovers

"We got a foothold in the game at 1-1 and, although we weren't allowed to play at our fluent best, I thought we would get in the ascendancy.

"Unfortunately, from a kick out of the keeper's hands, the ball went over David
Burton-Jones and they scored again.

"Despite conceding three goals, the back four defended well overall.

Deeping Rangers v Stanway Rovers
Deeping Rangers v Stanway Rovers

"Lewis made a mistake when he was closed down and he sliced the ball for a tap-in.

"We huffed and puffed but their experience managed the rest of the game out.

"We went out to goals from a throw-in and two long balls down the middle. So it was very disappointing.

"Stanway had a little bit of momentum from a couple of wins in this competition.

Deeping Rangers v Stanway Rovers
Deeping Rangers v Stanway Rovers

"We don't want to make any excuses but it was a big loss without Luke Hunnings due to illness plus Tom Garrick, Dan Banister and Luis Vieira who were injured.

"It wasn't to be in the Vase this season so we need to focus on what we can achieve.

"Three points at Rothwell Corinthians on Saturday would set out our stall again in the league then in midweek we will go to Pinchbeck United in the Lincolnshire FA Senior Trophy.

"There is plenty to play for but we need reinforcements when we are working with a small squad."


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