Tinkler targets shock win for Rangers

Spencer Tinkler
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Spencer Tinkler has set his sights on another shock win for Deeping Rangers away to league leaders AFC Rushden & Diamonds on Saturday.

The centre-half converted a last-minute penalty to earn a 2-1 victory at the Dog & Duck in March after Matt Heron had cancelled out an early strike.

Deeping face a tougher test in Northamptonshire this weekend with Diamonds looking to extend their lead over Holbeach United in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League’s Premier Division title race.

But Tinkler says Rangers are capable of causing a big upset in front of a bumper crowd.

He said: “We know what they are all about and we expect the same physicality and pace from them.

“We have got a young squad but these lads are fearless. They won’t be afraid of anyone.

“The youngsters have adapted well to this level and we’ve got a real chance.

“At their age they think they are invincible so I don’t think it will be bother them at all to play the league leaders away from home.

“For example, Charlie Coulson was used to playing in front of bigger crowds at Peterborough United so I don’t think he will be bothered.

“We all had Diamonds as the championship favourites at the start of the season and we still expect them to go all the way.

“I think Holbeach will push them hard but Diamonds have got strength in depth plus a big budget. So if they lose a key player they can go out and get a replacement.

“We went over there last season when we were not in particularly flying form.

“Why can’t we beat them again on Saturday? Everybody has been writing us off all season.”

Tinkler insists Deeping’s current position of 12th is a false one – especially as they have up to seven games in hand over some teams.

He added: “At the start of the season there were a lot of things happening behind the scenes which took their toll on the club as a whole.

“Recently we went on a good run but a disappointing second half against Newport Pagnell Town cost us the game and I don’t think we deserved to go out of the FA Vase at home to Heanor Town either.

“At the moment we are in a false position in the league table.

“I think we will be pushing for the top six or eight at the end of the season.”