Deeping Rangers in era of transition

Bourne Town v Deeping Rangers in the Linc Cup quater-final. Photo: Kevin Rook Photography EMN-140917-132505001
Bourne Town v Deeping Rangers in the Linc Cup quater-final. Photo: Kevin Rook Photography EMN-140917-132505001

Deeping Rangers boss Tuncay Korkmaz admits this season is a “transition period”.

That may be so but it has not been an unsuccessful one, especially of late with a 2-1 win over Bourne in the Lincs Senior Trophy on Tuesday and a 3-1 win over Oadby Town in the Knockout Cup on Saturday.

Rangers were beaten in the final of the KO Cup last season and are looking to go one step further this year.

David Burton-Jones’ goal after 39 minutes had Deeping in front at the interval.

Oadby levelled through Elliot Putman on 70 minutes but two cracking goals took Rangers into the last 16, with Matt Heron restoring the advantage after 79 minutes and Ryan Oliver sealing the win five minutes later.

However, Deeping’s league form has been less reliable after many changes at the club in recent months.

Korkmaz said: “We lost a number of players before the start of the season and since then we’ve had suspensions and injuries.

“It will take time for the new players to settle but I’ve been quite pleased so far.

“This is a transition period and now we will be looking to recruit a couple of players up front if we can.”

The Rangers boss will need to as he lost striker Ryan Oliver to Spalding United this week.

The striker completed his move from Deeping Rangers after playing against the Wakes.

Oliver could be handed his Tulips debut at home to Newcastle Town on Saturday in the Evo-Stik League First Division South.

He said: “I’m looking forward to the challenge of playing at a higher standard with some quality footballers and giving it a go.

“I’ve been at Deeping for a couple of years but I felt this was the right time to move and challenge myself.

“Deeping manager Tuncay Korkmaz has been absolutely fantastic about it.

“He told me to take up the challenge at Spalding and said the door is always open to go back to Deeping. I have dual registration so, for example, when I’m cup-tied next weekend I could play for Deeping again.

“I know Spalding have got some good strikers in Andrew Tidswell, Mark Jones and Tom Waumsley.

“Some people will say they are better players than me so it’s down to myself to prove them wrong!

“Spalding manager Pat Rayment came in for me last pre-season and I originally turned down the move as I didn’t feel it was the right time.

“I thought my game time would be limited but I know Pat wants a target man and hopefully I can produce the goods.

“I also wanted to see how the season started at Deeping and it hasn’t been a great time. I think what happened behind the scenes affected the way we started. But this move to Spalding is a fresh start for me now.”