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Match reaction from the FA Cup tie between Spalding United and Deeping Rangers



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Spalding United manager Brett Whaley admitted his side had received a 'reality check' in their FA Cup victory over Deeping Rangers on Saturday.

The Tulips ran out 2-1 winners in the extra preliminary round tie at the Sir Halley Stewart ground to set up a clash with Stamford at the next stage.

However, the margin of victory could have been more convincing if Spalding hadn't squandered some good early chances which kept Deeping in the contest.

FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486303)
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486303)
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486305)
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486305)
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486267)
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486267)
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486269)
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486269)
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486275)
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486275)
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486277)
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486277)

It then needed a fine finish from Liam Marshall with just 13 minutes remaining to secure Spalding's spot in the next round.

Whaley said: "We had done OK in pre-season but I felt this was a reality check that we're not quite where we need to be.

"Deeping had played two competitive games and looked a little bit sharper. They were match ready and we weren't.

"It wasn't a great performance all over the pitch but, when you get the opportunities which we had early on, you have the chance to make it a very different game.

"We felt realistically that we should have been 4-0 up at half-time and what we have ended up doing is putting pressure on our back four.

"The early opportunities were really good chances and, as a defender, you're probably looking at it and thinking that if we keep missing then one mistake will cost us.

FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486279)
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486279)
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486281)
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486281)
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486283)
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486283)
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486287)
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486287)
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486289)
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486289)

"We gave too many setpieces away which we knew was going to be a threat. We never controlled the ball and made some bad decisions in terms of when we played and when we kept it."

Dylan Edge had eventually given Spalding a first half lead that was cancelled out in the second period by Luke Steele's equaliser for the Clarets from the penalty spot.

Whaley added: "We were naive early in the second half and didn't play the right way. It gave us a kick up the back-side when they got the equaliser.

"Pre-season is nothing like the competitive games though and we now know that our standard of performance has to pick up quickly because we won't get away with that in our league.

"There aren't many positives for us to take away from it, other than it's a reality check before the league starts."

Luke Hipwell and Scott Bogusz.
Luke Hipwell and Scott Bogusz.
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486291)
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486291)
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486293)
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486293)
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486295)
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486295)
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486297)
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486297)

Joint Deeping manager Luke Hipwell is hoping his side's performance will give them more belief when they return to United Counties League action.

The Clarets produced a determined display against their higher level hosts despite being without a quartet of key players including injured duo Will Bird and Robbie Ellis, centre-half Luke Hunnings and Sam Spencer who is dual registered with Spalding.

Hipwell said: "We knew that they would come out quickly and again I feel that it comes down to belief because we really came into the game.

"We started alright and got a few setpieces and I thought our goalkeeper Dan Swan was magnificent in the first half, not just in terms of saves but also his distribution and getting us up the pitch.

"We started to believe and slowly progressed into the game. It was a little bit of naivety on our part for the first goal by not locking things out high up the pitch which allowed them to come out.

"Swanny has made two brilliant saves and my question to the other players was why did we allow them a third shot inside our box?

"The second half was a case of holding in and making sure that we were still in the game because they defended their box well when we had our setpieces.

FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486299)
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486299)
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486301)
FA Cup action from Spalding's home tie with Deeping Rangers. Photo: Chris Lowndes (58486301)

"We got the penalty which Steeley stuck away and I was really pleased for him because he worked really hard. He took his chance and showed really good composure with the penalty.

"Marshy has hit a good strike for their second goal, but we kept going until the end and it was finding a balance about really pushing for it while not conceding again.

"No-one expected us to win the game though, but we gave it a good go and had them rattled a little bit at 1-1.

"We will keep trying and keep persevering and then go from there because the attitude, commitment and desire of the boys has been magnificent since myself and Scott Bogusz came in.

"The bit we need to work on as a team is decision-making and we are a bit naive at times but, all in all with the players we had missing, it helped us to continue to keep progressing."

Spalding start their Northern Premier League Midlands Division campaign at home to Daventry Town on Saturday while Deeping return to United Counties League Premier Division North action with a home match against Heather St Johns.



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