Can Sleaford Town claim opening league points in Deeping derby?

UCL Premier rivals meet this evening...

Jamie Shaw.

Sleaford Town head to derby rivals Deeping Rangers this evening looking to pick up their first UCL Premier points of the season.

Jamie Shaw's side conceded two late goals on Saturday to go down 3-1 at home to Cogenhoe United.

The Greens put out a new-look side as the club is still feeling the after effects of their two weeks of isolation following a case of COVID-19 in the camp.

However, Town head to Deeping ready to face a side that is also still finding its feet, Saturday's 5-0 defeat at vRugby Town following on from a 10-1 thrashing of Oadby.

"They're a bit more inconsistent this season, they've had a change around," Shaw said.

"It'll take a little time for them to fully bed in, and we're seeing the fact they're a relatively new side.

"One very good result has been followed by one not so good, so we'll hope to take advantage of that.

"They're a really well run football club with some really good people and that shows in their stability.

"We're not there yet but that's the model we look to."

Lewis Rowland gave Town the lead against the Cooks on Saturday, only for the visitors to level and then snatch victory with goals in the 87th and 90th minutes.

"I think it probably just highlighted a little bit of naivety in terms of the players we had available," Shaw added.

"Very young, and couldn't quite have that game management and nouse to see it all the way through.

"We were stronger noticeably from the week before.

"We're still missing a significant number of players as a knock on effect from being unwell and unavailable having to pick up work, having missed it for a fortnight.

"We were able to bring some in and we were stronger for that. We looked to have a bit more of a goal threat and there were building blocks to work with."