It’s been a season of considerable progress for Deeping Rangers.
And it’s largely been a case of local boys doing good. Manager Michael Goode is a Deeping man and the nucleus of his squad are from the village.
Deeping finished ninth in the United Counties Premier Division last season, but they are riding high in third place ahead of their tough trip to leaders Leicester Nirvana on Saturday.
Goode’s men go into that game on the back of a 4-2 home success over Peterborough Northern Star last weekend. Goode was a co-manager at Star before returning home.
“The Deeping job became available at the right time for me,” Goode stated. “I wanted one more crack at management and where better to do it than at my local club.
“And it’s gone better than anyone dared predict. At the start of the season we’d have taken a top six finish. Now we’d be delighted with a top three finish.
“I made it my remit to involve as many local players as possible. Lads like David Burton-Jones, Luke Avis and Dan Bircham and also Spencer Tinkler who has played for the club since under 17 level.
“That sort of togetherness brings a good team spirit. It’s a very happy dressing room and that’s being reflected in our results.
“We played some great football against Star last weekend. We tore them apart in the first-half and could have been more than 4-0 up at the break.
“They beat us 4-1 at their place earlier in the season and did a good job on us so it was pleasing to turn the table so emphatically.
“I know it was only on penalties, but beating Kempston the game before helped us. We know we can beat anyone.
“We even beat Nirvana earlier in the season so we’ll go there with real confidence.
“It should be a great, entertaining, open game as both sides like to go for it.”
Scott Coupland took his goals tally for the season to 26 in all competitions with two against Star. Scott Mooney and Chris Hibbitt also scored.
Deeping’s improvement can also be seen by attendances. Already this season as many people have passed through the Outgang Road turnstiles as did in the whole of last season, and there are still seven matches to go.