After finishing last season in 5th place and being cup finalists, Deeping should be ready to push forward and finish nearer the top of the table this season, there first in the Youth league. With the addition of 3 new faces to the squad Kai Willerton, Dan Gardiner and Sam Makepeace Beech, welcome lads and we hope you have a successful and enjoyable stay at Deeping Rangers, we say goodbye to Mark Grundy, Luke Parsons, Will Knight and Mitch Taylor and wish them well. With a new assistant manager, Andy McDonagh, helping Nigel this season, hopefully his experience will benefit the team. The fixtures computer threw up a interesting opening fixture away to newly promoted Ketton.
11th September Away v Ketton Won 4-0
Deeping started at promoted Ketton, a bit of journey into the unknown, with Ketton being confident after being promoted it should be a difficult match. On a bobbly pitch with quite a strong breeze blowing across the pitch, it was hard for both teams to control the football and string any passes together, as the first half wore on Deeping managed to start playing some football and created a couple of chances, it was from one of these that Dan Gardiner got his head to a cross and headed Deeping into a 1-0 lead which they held until half time.
Deeping started the second half in more determined fashion and it was not long before Deeping went 2-0 up when David Stevenette fired in a good left foot shot across the keeper into the near corner of the net as we looked on, this was after a good passage of passing and movement down the right hand side and a cross to the far post, Stevenette then scored his second firing home from close range after a spell of Deeping pressure, the goal of the game came from Callum McDonagh when receiving a short corner he turned and fired home from 25 yards. A good solid all round performance with the defence holding solid when they had to, the midfield battling well and the forwards harrying the Ketton defence. Well done a good start.
18th September Home v Woodston Lost 4-0
What can i say about this match, very annoying, frustrating and other adjectives, when you play a match and have just as many chances as the opposition. The thing is the chances were not missed by anyone it was a day of no luck, at least two cleared off of the line, the post and bar struck and there keeper making several good saves. Woodston had the same amount of chances and theres all hit the back of the net, never mind Leverington away next Sunday !!
25th September Away v Leverington Drew 2-2
Again we have taken on one of the top teams in the league and come away with a very deserved point, i believe the first points they have ever dropped at home, it was Deeping who took the lead with Ben Aspinall firing home a penalty, as with all good teams they responded and Leverington hit back with 2 goals of there own. With Tommy and the defence performing heroics we rode our luck a little a times but we then managed to get a foothold back in the game and from a Dan Gardiner long throw the ball landed at Jordan Maymans feet and he smacked the ball into the net. With a bit more luck and composure we could have snatched all three points, Well done lads a great performance and well earned point.
02nd October Home v Bourne Won 6-0
The A15 derby is usually a tight affair with the away team tending to win, this was different with Deeping going onto dominate the match in very hot conditions !! The bragging rights for the Bourne based players in the team was the motivation for the players and they did not disappoint to beat a solid Bourne team 6-0 was a good result. The goals came from Dan Gardiner (2), Alex Lowe Lauri, Alex Medcalf, Jamie Sharpe and Ben Aspinall. Well done lads a good perfomance considering the conditions.
09th October Away v Hampton Won 6-1
Deeping went to Hampton looking to continue there good form and to carry on from the Bourne game. Playing against the breeze in the first half was always going to be a battle for the Deeping defence and goalkeeper with the ball over the top and hard running forwards pressuring the defence, Tommy made a couple of good blocks with Liam, Sam and the 2 Alexs tackling and heading all that was thrown at them, it was slightly against the run of play that Deeping won a corner, Jordan Mayman swung over a great corner that was begging to be headed in, Dan Gardiner duely obliged. 1-0 to Deeping at half time. The Deeping parents were saying at half time whoever got the second goal would win the match thankfully it was us, with a couple of substitions at half time it was one of those, David Stevenette who fired home after a Dan Gardiner shot was cleared off of the line. With that goal the Hampton heads dropped and Deeping scored a further 4 goals, another for Mr Stevenette, Alex Lowe Lauri finished coolly after a good passing move, and Dan Gardiner poached a tap in and then a good finish for the teams 6th goal and his hat-trick well done Dan. With virtually the last kick of the match Hampton scored a consolation after a stunning save from Tommy the rebound was knocked into the empty net. Another good all round performance with the defence holding firm when playing against the breeze, it just proves if you put the hard work in ie first half you will get your rewards ie second half. Well Done.
30th October Home v Spalding Won 4-0
This was a disjointed performance from the Deeping team, they looked like a team that had not played together for a couple of weeks. Against a stubborn Spalding team with Mark Grundy playing well in goal for them it took a while for Deeping to kick into to gear, with a goal from David Stevenette after a cross from the byline by Ben Aspinall, the score stayed that way until half time. Deeping continued to press Spalding back and scored further goals from Ben Aspinall, Dan Gardiner and Jake Brown on his return from injury, but, Deeping then decided to stop playing as a team and individually thought they could do better on there own instead of working as a team and creating chances that would have led to more goals, having said that we missed a few chances in this game we should have taken. Its another 3 points and a wins a win no matter how many you score, it would be gutting to lose the league on goal difference though !!!
06th November Home v Wisbech Acorns League Cup Won 5-0
Deeping eased into the next round of the cup with a very professional performance against a resilient Wisbech side. After a start that Wisbech had the better of, Deeping were struggling to impose themselves on the match, it took a burst forward from Sam Makepeace Beech for the deadlock to be broken, he surged forward from defence played a one-two in the midfield and burst into the box to calmly lift the ball over the advancing keeper into the net. Deeping then settled into the match and played some excellent football without reward, having said that a quality cross from David Stevenette was converted well by Dan Gardiner at the back post and just before half time after being played through it took a good finish from a tight angle for Ben Aspinall to extend the lead. Deeping 3 Wisbech 0 Half time. Deeping continued to press and worked hard through the midfield to retain possession, the odd break Wisbech did have was well contained by the defence. It was left to Owen Skinner to grab his first goals for 2 seasons, much to his relief, the first after Dan had made a nuisance of himself in the box the ball fell to Owen who gladly smashed it home from 6 yards, it was then left to the smallest player on the pitch to flick home a corner from inside the 6 yard box to complete the scoring. Well done lads into the next round of the cup.
13th November Away v Netherton