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Deeping joint managers full of positives from friendly win against Bourne

Deeping Rangers joint managers Lee Clarke and Dan French praised their side's "ruthless" performance in front of goal against Bourne Town.

Striker Jack Smith netted a hat-trick and ex-Peterborough United youth player Oli Shackleton followed suit with a second half brace to give Clarke and French plenty of positives to take away from the Haydon Witham Stadium.

"We were really positive, we set ourselves up well and everyone got another 45 minutes in their legs after last Saturday's friendly," French said.

Action from Deeping Rangers' pre-season friendly against Bourne Town.Photo by Chris Lowndes.
Action from Deeping Rangers' pre-season friendly against Bourne Town.Photo by Chris Lowndes.

"We wanted to progress in regards to how we played and being on the ball because we knew that we would probably end up having more of the ball.

"So we said if that was the case, our quality needed to be better and a little bit more progressive in the final third to go and be ruthless and get some goals, which we did."

"Our fitness is good so we encouraged the players that if the ball is there to be pressed and won back in good areas higher up the pitch, they should go and do that which is when our quality would come through."

In contrast, Bourne Town manager Simon Daws admitted that his side were poor, not helped by the fact that a number of players were unavailable to him.

Daws said: "We were a bit short on numbers, but Deeping were a lot fitter than us and it showed all the way through the game.

"I thought we were poor at the back so we went to a back five in the second half to shore things up.

"The main aim of the game was to get the fitness up and the players realise they are two or three weeks away from facing sides like Deeping.

"We've got a lot of thinking to do and doing our best to bring bodies in.

"Luckily, we've got a lot of time to work with before the season starts."

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