FOOTBALL: Deeping Rangers ready for top-of-table showdown

Tom Smith
  • ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division - Deeping Rangers v Yaxley

Two title challengers will go head to head at the Haydon Whitham Stadium on Friday night.

Deeping Rangers are unbeaten in 17 home league games going back just over a year.

But that record will be put to the test by league leaders Yaxley – currently six points ahead of the Clarets who have four games in hand.

Boss Michael Goode said: “It’s going to be a good game because both teams are in good form.

“I think Yaxley need to come out and try to beat us with only eight games left.

“That probably suits us if we have space to play the right way. When teams are trying not to lose and they ‘park the bus’, we have come unstuck at times.

I think Yaxley need to come out and try to beat us with only eight games left.

Michael Goode

“We are back home and we’ll play our normal game of keeping it tight at the back and pushing the ball forward.

“We try to win every game – we don’t go out for a draw.

“We haven’t found many problems at home but there is a feeling of resilience around this squad after the performance at St Andrews last time.

“We had planned to train last Thursday and Saturday but we’ll do our best to prepare. We will be ready to go out full throttle and hopefully we will get a good crowd here.”

Scott Mooney and Scott Coupland both scored inside the opening 11 minutes when Deeping won 3-1 at Yaxley in August. Coupland converted a second-half penalty after Phil Stebbing pulled one back.

Deeping are unbeaten in nine games since Christmas, picking up 23 points.

Captain David Burton-Jones has completed a suspension and left-back Tom Smith will also return to the squad. Louis Hamilton is banned again.

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