Deal Town Reserves 0 Hawkinge Town 5

By Deal Town

Although Deal Reserves lost their latest pre-season friendly 5-0 at home to Hawkinge Town on Wednesday night the five-goal margin was harsh  on the young Hoops side.

Joint managers Dominic Castle and Mick Ashby were again entitled to draw plenty of positives from Deal’s performance against a much more experienced Hawkinge team which included the likes of  player-coach Damian Abel,  who has made approaching 500 appearances for several senior East Kent clubs including Hythe Town, Folkestone Invicta , Ashford United and Faversham Town.

And it was Abel who put the Kent County League Division 1 East side ahead from the penalty spot with 15 minutes gone after Sam Short committed a foul in the box.

Kieron Burns made it 2-0 on the half hour before the Hoops were themselves awarded a 40th-minute penalty after Sam Carpenter was brought down in the area, but Dale Harrison saw his penalty well saved by the keeper and Hawkinge then rubbed it in by scoring a third goal just before half-time through Ryan Taylor’s cool finish.

The Hoops’ heads never dropped during the second half, despite the visitors scoring twice more through Shiqpron Ahmetas and Darren Winfield, but Deal were unable to break down a Hawkinge side who look a good bet for promotion this season under new manager Danny Regan.

Deal Reserves: Waymark, Harrison, Causer, Bagley, Short, Taylor, Quested, Carpenter, Alexander, Thompson, Orris.

One Response

  1. Good to see the likes of Waymark and Bagley get some game time. Need them for Saturday in the 1st team.

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