|Charles Sports Ground|
|02/10/2021||3:00 pm||Southern Counties East Football League||First Team 2021/22 Season Fixtures|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals||Outcome|
|Deal Town First||0||3||3||Won|
DEAL TOWN 3 GLEBE 0
Deal notched their fifth win in a row and inflicted a first league defeat of the season on Premier Division table toppers Glebe in the process.
And the Chislehurst side can have no complaints after they were outgunned by a Hoops team that coped better with some testing wet and windy conditions at the Charles Ground.
Derek Hares’ men were admittedly given a helping hand by Glebe right back Kyron Richards who was sent off after 38 minutes for a second yellow card tackle on Troy Howard, but right from the start Deal looked the more lively and composed outfit as Glebe struggled to carve out any real opportunities for Jamie Philpot, the league’s leading goalscorer.
Tom Chapman, the Hoops’ recent signing from Ramsgate, almost gave them the lead with a sweetly-struck 11th-minute volley which Glebe ‘keeper George Kamurasi did well to tip round for a corner, and the away side were repeatedly put under pressure when Kane Smith and Alfie Foster ventured forward to attack Jack Paxman’s long throws into the box.
Then came Richards’ early departure but Glebe managed to reach half-time with the scoreline still blank, and Hares may have reminded his players during the break that their last home defeat had come against an Erith Town side who also had a man sent off.
Glebe too continued to defend doggedly in the early stages of the second half but when Deal finally made the breakthrough it brought back some good memories for their supporters. The goal came from Rene Rivera who has rejoined the Hoops after returning from college in the USA and who, in his previous spell at the club, scored 21 goals in the 2015-16 season before heading to the States – and Rivera opened his account for the current campaign with a fierce 20-yarder after 68 minutes which left Kamurasi with no chance.
It settled any anxieties of an “Erith repeat” that the Hoops might have had and, with Glebe’s 10 men understandably showing signs of tiredness, Deal wrapped up what may prove to be a significant victory with two more goals in the closing stages. First Foster forced the ball home from close range after Smith had headed a deep 77th-minute Paxman corner back across goal, and then two minutes later Joe Reeves saw his wind-assisted cross towards the far post float into the net.
If that was a little tough on Glebe, the fact it wasn’t their day was confirmed when Philpot failed to capitalise on his only real chance in the dying minutes, and the result means that Deal are now only one point behind the leaders with both sides in action again on Tuesday night -, Deal at home to K Sports and Glebe at home to Rusthall.
Deal Town: Tonkin, Paxman, Hark, Foster, Smith, Munday (Rivera 46), T Chapman (Reeves 75), Niblett, Wilson, B Chapman, Howard (Penny 80).
Report written by Kevin Redsull