Deeping Rangers 'where we want to be'
Deeping Rangers have enjoyed mixed fortunes so far this season and an outbreak of COVID-19 in the squad has meant a considerable amount of time off since their last game.
The Clarets have won five of their eight Uhlsport United Counties League Premier Division games this season, leaving them ninth, one place above rivals, Holbeach United.
Their last game ahead of having to self-isolate was a 5-0 hammering at Lutterworth Town, after which Clarets joint manager Lee Clarke spoke about the club’s ever-growing injury list, with the likes of Mason Rhiney, Charlie Coulson and top goalscorer T’ai Williams all out injured.
However, Deeping have enjoyed success in the Buildbase FA Vase and they are the only local team left in the competition, with a tie against Hanley Town still to be played. Whoever wins will then host Loughborough University in the second round.
Clarke said: “It’s been a weird season, not just for us, but for everyone.
“We’ve not played as many games as we would have liked, but from the games we have played we are pleased with how it’s gone.
“We got off to a great start with a hard-fought victory against Harborough Town, but the 2-1 win over Holbeach was more pleasing for me.
“We’ve got some players with great footballing ability, but the better thing for me is that we can grind out a result.
“We’ve picked up some great results, but also some not so great results, yet I’d still say we’re exactly where we want to be overall.
“With the way this season is being played, we’re going to pick up some knocks, but this lockdown will give us a chance to get everyone back to full fitness.
“Mason Rhiney, who we knew would be out for a while, should be back after lockdown has finished and that will give us an obvious boost.”