FOOTBALL: Home run goes on for Deeping Rangers in title battle

Scott Coupland makes it 2-0
Scott Coupland makes it 2-0
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Deeping Rangers extended their unbeaten home record to 17 league games by beating Whitworth on Saturday.

The Clarets can take the run to 12 months if they avoid defeat against ON Chenecks at the Haydon Whitham Stadium on March 3.

Next weekend, though, they face a trip to St Andrews having claimed an 8-1 victory over the Leicester side at the end of September.

David Burton-Jones and Louis Hamilton are suspended again but new signing Sam Hollis could face one of his former clubs.

Deeping were boosted by the return of defender Jonny Clay as a second-half substitute against Whitworth and Hollis made his debut after moving from Stamford.

Manager Michael Goode said: “We started well and created good opportunities so we probably could have got two or three goals in the first 15 or 20 minutes.

Luke Hunnings wins a header

Luke Hunnings wins a header

“We were just waiting for the first goal to settle us down.

“Conditions weren’t easy but I thought we started to over-complicate things and put ourselves on the back foot.

“We played higher up the pitch in the second half with tidy football and a couple of good goals.

“We tried to be too clever in the 18-yard box after going 3-0 up but we had the luxury to do that.

We played higher up the pitch in the second half with tidy football and a couple of good goals.

Michael Goode

“Hollis got half an hour and looked like he will be a good player for us.

“It was good to bring on Rob Conyard as well but we kept him out wide because Scott Mooney needs a goal. He was a bit unlucky as the keeper made a couple of saves.

“The most important thing was picking up three points.”