Godmanchester Rovers vs Deeping Rangers
The second round of the FA Vase commences this weekend, and with Deeping Rangers travelling to Godmanchester Rovers in hope of progressing to the next round, we spoke to first team manager Mike Goode about how he felt ahead of this weekend’s FA Vase tie and how their league campaign had gone so far, here's what he had to say.
UCL: You currently sit third in the League after 16 games, how do you feel the season has gone so far?
Mike Goode: Pretty pleased so far, we had a great year last year, so we're trying to match that, but it's not always easy, especially as we have bought in many new players. We've had a good start, a few slip ups but we've always recovered well. We had a good run in the FA Cup, but we've also not had the same starting 11 on a weekly basis, which can be the case for a lot of clubs, but it still has its challenges, but overall I'm happy with how the season has gone so far.
UCL: Do you believe you could win promotion?
Mike Goode: It depends on the structure of the League, if there is a re-structure we have a better chance, but the club is preparing, obviously there is a lot of Step 4 clubs in this area but we'll do our best to get to the next level.
UCL: Big FA Vase game tomorrow, how is the team feeling going into it?
Mike Goode: We've had 2 great results in our last 2 games after losing in the last minute against Wisbech, we went away to Harborough and had to adapt as their pitch was a bit sticky, but we came away with a positive result, and then back on our own turf we got the ball on the floor and got a good 3-0 win against Boston, so we're feeling positive ahead of the game. I don't really know a lot about Godmanchester, but we'll play our usual way, be direct, try and get on the front foot, but we have to make sure we don't lose.
UCL: How important is the FA Vase to a club like Deeping and how far do you believe you can go in the competition?
Mike Goode: The Vase doesn’t generate as much money as the FA Cup does, but it's still a bit of extra money for the club. We've not done well in the Vase in previous seasons, so we'd like to try and go a bit further in the competition this time. We would like to get past this round and then hopefully get a home draw, it brings a bit more interest to the club, we had a great game at home to Kidderminster in the FA Cup which brought a lot of interest around the club, so a home draw would be good, but we're just focusing on each game as it comes and trying to win every match.
For anyone wanting to go and see Deeping Rangers in action in the FA Vase below are all the details of tomorrow's cup tie.
Deeping Rangers FC vs Godmanchester Rovers FC
11th November 2017
15:00 Kick Off
Bearscroft Lane, Godmanchester, Huntingdon PE29 2LQ