Deeping are out to rough up Diamonds in glamour tie

Deeping players celebrate their shock FA Cup win over Leek Town.
Deeping players celebrate their shock FA Cup win over Leek Town.
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Manager Michael Goode insists Deeping Rangers have a great chance of claiming a second successive big FA Cup scalp on Saturday.

Deeping host Rushden & Diamonds in the second qualifying round after beating higher-level Leek Town in the previous round.

Diamonds are currently on 30-game unbeaten run in the Southern League (Central division), a level above Deeping’s standard.

But Goode said: “Any unbeaten run must come to an end at some point and that could be the case here.

“It can’t carry on forever and I’ve experienced that myself as a player with Deeping when we went 29 league games unbeaten. The pressure builds up and it’s a tremendous effort to keep going.

“We are at home where we have found our best form and we usually perform better in front of a bigger crowd.

“We’ve already knocked out two sides from Step Four and if we play to the best of our ability then we’ve got a great chance of winning this game as well.

“We need our own game to be spot on. We know Diamonds have added two or three players of real quality at the next level.

“This is a huge day for our club and hopefully the community will support us.

“Diamonds will probably bring 250 to 300 fans but a lot of people around Deeping are taking a big interest in this game. Let’s hope they come back after Saturday as well.”

Deeping go into the match on the back of a disappointing 1-1 home draw with Rothwell Corinthians in the United Counties Premier Division.

Holbeach have an even tougher tie against National North side Worcester City at Carter’s Park. Worcester have well-known Football League ‘names’ Lee Hughes and Deon Burton in their squad.

Spalding and Stamford have winnable ties.

Spalding travel to fellow Evo Stik Division One South side Coalville on Saturday, while Stamford are at Midland Premier League side Coleshill on Sunday.