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Deeping Rangers find rhythm to get ready for big test

Deeping Rangers warmed up for next weekend's date with unbeaten league leaders Shepshed Dynamo by taking their tally to 19 goals in eight days.

The Clarets hit the net three times in each half against winless ON Chenecks at the Haydon Whitham Stadium on Saturday.

Top scorer Jordan Macleod (3), Michael Simpson (2) and Luis Vieira were on target.

Michael Simpson heads home
Michael Simpson heads home

Manager Michael Goode said: "We played some really good stuff.

"ON Chenecks are down the bottom but we lost the away fixture last season and they are not easy to beat.

"We took our time and showed a bit more patience in possession to keep creating chances.

Lewis Elsom
Lewis Elsom

"Lewis Elsom had a few shots to save after being left out in midweek.

"Aaron Davies had an operation on his hand so David Burton-Jones came in at centre-half and we looked solid.

"We would have taken a 1-0 win but we still have that goal threat - no question about it.

Luis Vieira
Luis Vieira

"Vieira was here two-and-a-half years ago when he was based in Peterborough but he has moved around since then.

"He hasn't played for a while so he's a bit rusty but he took the goal well and gives us an extra attacking option out wide.

"We haven't had the best start to the season but we're still fourth in the pack behind Shepshed and Loughborough University.

"We will relish the challenge at home on Saturday for a game which allows us to set out our stall for the rest of the season.

"They are clearly a good side who haven't conceded a goal but we are scoring plenty so it should be interesting.

"Shepshed and Loughborough settled into a rhythm quickly when ourselves, Holbeach United and a few others have only showed consistency more recently. There is a long way to go."

Meanwhile, Deeping’s under-18s have been drawn at home again in the FA Youth Cup.

They will face Haughmond in the third qualifying round next week following Thursday night’s 2-1 victory over Eastwood Community.

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