Ti­tle fan­cies Deep­ing have set them­selves high stan­dards

Foot­ball - Yax­ley scrape through in FA Cup

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - SPORT - By Alan Swann alan.swann@jpress.co.uk @PTAlanSwann

It’s only one game and we’re still in early Au­gust, but Deep­ing Rangers laid down a United Coun­ties Pre­mier Divi­sion marker with a ter­rific per­for­mance against Wis­bech Town in their first league match on Tues­day night.

Goals from Scott Cou­p­land and Dan Schi­avi sealed a de­served win for Michael Goode’s men who hope to go one bet­ter than last sea­son’s sec­ond placed fin­ish.

It was a big step up from Deep­ing’s open­ing com­pet­i­tive per­for­mance of the sea­son, a 3-2 win in the ex­tra pre­lim­i­nary round of the FA Cup at Peter­bor­ough North­ern Star.

“We’ve set our­selves a very high stan­dard now,” Goode en­thused. “We were out­stand­ing all over the pitch.”

Schi­avi, Jo­hhny Clay and Brad Hock­ing scored against Star for whom Zak Mun­ton and Jezz Gold­son-Wil­liams replied.

Deep­ing now hit the road to take on Welling­bor­ough Whit­worth, who beat Star 5-0 on Tues­day, on Satur­day and then Yax­ley next Tues­day (Au­gust 15).

Yax­ley scram­bled through an FA Cup tie against Divi­sion One side Raunds this week, win­ning a re­play 4-2 thanks to two ex­tra-time goals from Dan Cot­ton.

The Cuck­oos failed to con­vert two penal­ties in nor­mal time with Jack Saun­ders and Phil Steb­bing the guilty men.

The teams had drawn 1-1 at Raunds on Satur­day.

“There were good and bad things about our per­for­mance,” stated Cuck­oos boss Brett Wha­ley. “But the re­sult was the main thing. I was im­pressed with Raunds though. I’d ex­pect them to have a very good sea­son.”

Yax­ley’s re­ward is a pre­lim­i­nary round tie at home to fel­low UCL Pre­mier Divi­sion side Har­bor­ough Town.

Deep­ing have a tougher look­ing tie at Evo Stik Cen­tral League side Bar­ton Rovers, while Wis­bech have a cup cracker at home to Spald­ing United.

The ties will be played on Satur­day, Au­gust 19, although Stam­ford AFC’s at­trac­tive tie at Cam­bridge City will be played on the evening be­fore.

FA Cup pre­lim­i­nary round draw: (Fri­day, Au­gust 18) Cam­bridge City v Stam­ford AFC. (Au­gust 19) Bar­ton Rovers v Deep­ing Rangers, Ey­nes­bury v Peter­bor­ough Sports, Hol­beach United v ON Che­necks, Wis­bech Town v Spald­ing United, Yax­ley v Har­bor­ough.

Netherton United be­fore their 4-1 win over Stam­ford Lions in the Peter­bor­ough League Pre­mier Divi­sion. From the left are, back, Tommy Flynn (as­sis­tant man­ager), Dwayne Rank­ine, Ben Daly, Lewis Bris­bourne, Michael Fox, Aaron Keir, Chris Hans­ford, Zack Fish

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