‘Great feeling’ as Clarets claim points
Michael Simpson’s stoppage-time touch gave a winning start for Deeping Rangers.
The substitute struck at the end of “a really tough game” against last season’s Division One champions Lutterworth Town.
Jordan Macleod put the Clarets into an early lead and he added a second-half equaliser at Kong Park on Saturday.
Deeping boss Michael Goode admitted: “We were nowhere near our best - at least five players were well off the pace.
“Our performance was very average against a strong, physical side who played some decent football.
“Lutterworth have pace going forward and they are hard to work out tactically.
“The pitch isn’t great so they are going to be a tough team to beat on their own turf all season.
“We are very pleased to come away with three points and ultimately that’s all that really matters. It was a great feeling.
“It gives us something to build on and we could have easily lost this game.
“We started well for 10 minutes and they looked out of it until the equaliser.
“We conceded again at the start of the second half then we huffed and puffed.
“The positive - very much like last season - is that we kept going.
“We had more possession and territory but they hit us on the counter-attack so both teams could have got more goals.
“We were pretty dominant but we didn’t defend particularly well when they pressed us.
“It’s going to be a really tough league and it will take a few weeks to settle down.
“Now we’ve got a week off to regroup and refresh.
“Every teams has problems with holidays, weddings and unavailability in August.
“We need to work hard as we look at a change of formation and personnel in some areas.”
Deeping head to Harborough Town on Saturday in the Emirates FA Cup extra preliminary round.
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