Deeping manager looks ahead to next season after losing 'some quality players'
Deeping Rangers' hopes of promotion from the UCL Premier Division are over, admitted manager Michael Goode.
A draw at bottom-five side ON Chenecks, on the back of defeat at Loughborough University on Wednesday night, has left the Clarets 11 points behind leaders Quorn.
Captain David Burton-Jones gave Deeping the lead at the Northampton side's Billing Road ground where he chested in a Matt Carter cross from a yard out.
But Chenecks were level within four minutes after scoring from a corner.
Goode said: "We've never had great results at ON Chenecks and it's always been a tough place to go for us.
"But I thought we played pretty well, without really creating lots of opportunities.
"We limited them to three corners, one of which they scored from, and we scored from a cross which was flighted into to the far post.
"Then we were dominant in possession for 20 to 25 minutes in the second half and we missed a sitter when Jack Gurney put a good ball in which fell to Taylor Horne, making his full debut for us.
"But he got his feet tangled up and it was rolled out for a free kick.
"It was even-stevens at the end, although we did have to clear the ball off the line a couple of times.
"Then we had a chance near the end when Luke Hunnings went close.
"If we'd have got ourselves 2-1 up, we'd have gone on to win the game.
"But chance for chance, it was an even result."
The game also saw a debut for ex-Pinchbeck United player Tyler Finlay who Goode confirmed was with Deeping until the end of the season.
"We're not going to finish anywhere near the top two or three as we've lost some very good players," Goode said.
"Once we drew with Peterborough Northern Star on Boxing Day, then Lutterworth Town last month and ON Chenecks on Saturday, that was the end of the road for us.
"But we still want to be competitive, although it makes it harder having lost some quality players.
"Michael Simpson is out with a broken hand, Tom Garrick is unavailable and Dan Jarvis went because he wanted to play at Step 4 with Yaxley which he hasn't played at for a number of years.
"But I'm more disappointed with Sam Murphy, having worked so hard to get him to our club and get him back to fitness, who texted me to say he was leaving for Wisbech Town.
"Then we had Jordan Macleod who came back from AFC Rushden & Diamonds and who we expected to stay for the rest of the season.
"We had let a couple of people go, so to receive a text from Jordan, letting me know he was leaving us for Wisbech Town as well wasn't ideal.
"So we're going to blood in some younger players and see whatthey can do, making sure that everything is alright for next season."
DEEPING: Carpenter; Carter, Andersen, Hunnings, Flack; Horne (sub Shackleton), Burton-Jones, Gurney; Coulson (sub Finlay); Dunn, Mooney.
. On Wednesday night, the Clarets started the game well at Loughborough University, creating chances throughout the first half.
But in the second half, Deeping conceded a goal four minutes in when Paul Braithwaite finished into the bottom left corner after he was set up by Connor Smith.
Deeping went further behind just after the hour-mark when Smith finished off a good pass from Will Dawes.
Loughborough’s third goal came three minutes later when Smith won possession for the home side and played in Tom Iaciafono who set up Alex Dinsmore to score.
It was a third game without a win for the Clarets after drawing 3-3 with Lutterworth Town last time out and going out of the KitmanUK Knockout Cup at Rothwell Corinthians.
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