FOOTBALL: ‘Job done’ ahead of big challenge for Deeping Rangers on the road
Deeping Rangers will face a tough test to maintain their unbeaten away league record on Saturday.
The Clarets have claimed more points on the road so far this season with nine wins and three draws.
They moved up to second in the Future Lions United Counties League Premier Division thanks to Tuesday’s home victory over Sleaford Town.
Scott Mooney’s 25th goal of the season was cancelled out - but Dan Schiavi sealed an eighth successive league win since Christmas.
Deeping bounced back from last weekend’s 3-2 defeat at Willand Rovers in the last 16 of the Buildbase FA Vase.
However, they were beaten 4-0 at home to Oadby in November. The Leicestershire side are currently eighth.
Assistant manager Jack Marsden said: “We are still taking it game by game while working as hard as we can and enjoying our football.
“It was a case of job done on Tuesday to ensure we got three points.
“We got a really positive response from the hangover of everything that happened last Saturday.
“We created four or five good chances by playing our way and imposing ourselves on the game.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t continue to show that quality or energy from the first 10 to 15 minutes.
“We were a little bit complacent before Sleaford scored and we weren’t clinical enough in the final third.
“In the second half, we just needed to grind it out. We were 2-1 up and Lewis Elsom didn’t make any saves.”
Meanwhile, Deeping have announced the appointment of Rich Bayley as head of junior and youth section designate.
He will take over from Richard Knighton who is to be proposed for the vice-chairman position at the annual meeting.
Bayley has been instrumental in the establishment of junior and youth sections at Stamford AFC and Peterborough Northern Star .
Deeping chairman Paul Smith said: “We are delighted to welcome Rich to our team.
“His experience, drive and enthusiasm will benefit an already good junior and youth section and hopefully take us to an even higher level for a very important part of the club.
“While attention is often focused on the senior side of the club, we endeavour to ensure we keep the development of the junior and youth section in our plans so this is an important appointment.”