By Deal Town

The Hoops will have another unexpected home game this Saturday when we take on Redhill in an FA Vase first qualifying round tie.

The tie should have been played at the Surrey club’s ground but Redhill have had to ask Deal for the game to be switched to the Charles Ground because their Kiln Brow pitch is still not ready for use after they had to undertake some crucial drainage repair work during the close season.

Hoops fixture secretary Colin Adams has been sorting out all the arrangements with Redhill and says: “We will charge our normal admission fees and man the gate as normal because Redhill agree that our people would be more used to doing it.

“Redhill will pay the match officials from the gate money and then share with us whatever  is left. They will not charge us any travel expenses and they will produce and sell a match programme which will offset some of their travel costs.

“The match will go to extra-time if necessary, but if the scores are then still level we have opted for a replay at the Charles Ground the following Tuesday, rather than a penalty shoot-out.

“Our reserve team’s game this Saturday, which should have been at home to Willesborough Athletic, has been switched to the Ashford club’s ground.”

Redhill, who are nicknamed the Lobsters, play in the Combined Counties League Division One and so far have picked up three points from their opening four league games. They also suffered a heavy 6-1 exit from the FA Cup preliminary round at the hands of Ryman 1 South side Lewes in another tie which they were forced to switch from Kiln Brow.

The Hoops will be looking to repeat last season’s excellent run in the FA Vase, when we reached the second round proper after victories over Dorking, Eastbourne United and Oxford City Nomads before losing to a very good Kidlington side who went on to reach the last eight.


One Response

  1. Well written report of upcoming game.
    Best wishes from Vancouver Canada.

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