Deal win 3 points from League Favourites

By Deal Town

Deal Town 4 Greenwich Borough 3

There were broad smiles on the faces of Deal supporters all round the Charles Ground on Saturday night  and it was little wonder because victories don’t come much more satisfying than this.

Take the context:  last season Town were thrashed 7-0 in the corresponding fixture as well as losing 5-0 at Greenwich;  in this game they made the worst possible start, falling behind after just two minutes;  and Deal went in at half-time trailing 2-1 to one of the league’s title favourites.

But Derek Hares’ young side stunned Borough with a  second half comeback which, following on from the midweek FA Cup win over Whitstable,  completed a memorable five days for the club.

Hares said: “The character and the desire that the players showed to get back into the game in the second half was just fantastic, and I hope the people who have come along to watch these two matches will feel it has been well worth the effort.”

Saturday’s game, however, didn’t start off very promisingly for the home side.  A mistake by Charlie Dickens enabled Mohamed Eisa to set up an easy early goal for Stuart Zanone, and although Charlie Walsh’s clever pass created a 10th-minute equaliser for Ryan Phipott, Greenwich were back in front five minutes later when Gary Alexander blasted home a 20-yard free kick.

Deal looked to be showing their much more experienced opponents too much respect at this stage, and Town had another let-off when Eisa volleyed against the bottom of a post just before the half hour mark.

Borough were probably content with their 2-1 interval lead but Deal had other ideas. Hares said: “We decided to put some fresh legs on at half-time and I think it made the difference. Greenwich have got a lot of experience but they are not the quickest side in the world and I think we caught them out in the second half.”

One of the half-time substitutes, striker Rene Rivera, who has rejoined the club on a dual registration from Hythe Town,  won a 50th-minute corner and two more followed in quick succession before Dean Hill half-volloyed home a flick-on from Dickens.

Then, five minutes later, Andy Miller, who had also come on at the break, drove in another near-post corner and this time Mitchell Knight glanced it on for Hill to score an almost identical goal to his first one.

Borough didn’t know what had hit them, and it got worse for the visitors minutes later when Miller sent Rivera racing clear and the former England Under-18 international coolly made it 4-2.

Greenwich then had a let-off when Bill Bennett, already shown a yellow card, got away with a high  late challenge on Dickens and Bennett  rubbed salt into Deal’s wound by playing a pivotal role in the 65th-minute move which ended with Zanone reducing the deficit from the penalty spot.

Town then had their backs to the wall for much of the closing stages but, with man-of-the-match Hill showing the kind of classy defending for which he is more renowned,  rather than as a goal scorer at the other end, Deal managed to cling on for a prized three points.

Deal: Waymark, Hark, Dickens, Hill, Bagley, Bigginton (Miller h-t), Scott (Rivera h-t), Anderson, Walsh, Knight (Tanner 80mins), Philpott.

Greenwich Borough: Holloway, Gillman, Kinch, Sweeney, Bennett, Young, Britnell, Alexander, Zanone, Clark, Eisa.

3 Responses

  1. Anyone know the crowd from yesterday?
    Would be nice to know that a few from Tuesday night came back to watch! Well done to the team for a great result.
    3 things for Wednesday nights game coming up against Canterbury-3 points,no suspensions,no injuries!
    A final thought-any chance of match photos to go with the match report in future?

  2. Great win for Deal and Derek is right.He and the coaching staff are being rewarded.
    I’ve seen it and messaged it.
    It’s great that the lads are doing the right things
    and show desire and commitment.
    I am proud of everyone and its a great time to witness
    what the lads can achieve. I said it last season.
    The turn around is massive and even in defeat earlier in
    the season the lads can take great belief from their attitude and hard work.
    I felt the lads come close to achieving a reward for their
    work last season but didn’t quite make it.
    You get the feeling already that maybe they can win
    something. I believe they can.You read it here first.
    Come on Deal.!!!!

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