Deeping Rangers host Long Eaton in United Counties League North Premier Division


Deeping Rangers manager Daniel French wants his in-form players to focus on their own strengths as they aim to become the first team to beat league leaders Long Eaton this season.

The Clarets host United Counties League Premier Division North table players at Haydon Whitham Stadium on Saturday looking for a fifth straight win.

However, their Derbyshire visitors have won 18 and drawn just three of their 21 league games so far this season, including a 2-1 home win against Clarets in their mid-term encounter. week in October.

Deeping director Daniel French.

But French believes his side should come into the competition feeling confident after a four-game winning streak.

He said: “In terms of confidence and how injury-free we are, we’ll give it a try.

“If we play like we did, I definitely think we’ll push them.

“If you’re in a game against a team like Long Eaton and you’re not in the best shape, then the mentality can be to try to reduce the score or stop them from doing this or that.

“But we can come into the game and say it’s also a bit about us.

“We know we can defend strong and the way they play will suit us.

“The questions they will ask us are the ones we would prefer them to ask and we know now that in the last two or three weeks we have pace on the break and quality.

“As long as we are in games after an hour, we also have strength in depth, so let’s talk about ourselves and what we can do rather than just looking to get something.

“We have to play to our strengths and then see what happens because we won’t go into the game thinking it’s a free kick for us.”

It took a direct final goal from a corner kick by Long Eaton’s Jamie Walker to separate the teams in the first encounter of the season.

Walker previously gave Long Eaton the lead from the penalty spot before Robbie Ellis equalized for the Clarets who face a rearranged fixture series next month following Saturday’s clash with the league leaders.

They begin February with a trip to Newark before welcoming Eastwood, then traveling to rival counties Holbeach and Skegness.

French added: “Hopefully we can continue our form in February as we have now closed that gap in terms of league positions.

“We haven’t changed position much but there are only two or three points left between us and Heather St John, Leicester Nirvana, Melton and Skegness.

“It was eight, nine or 10 points before, so it’s been a really good month for us.”


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