Two second-half goals gave Deal victory over Southern Counties East League division one side K Sports at the Charles Ground on Saturday.
Sam Wilson gave the Hoops the lead after 18 minutes, sweeping home a pinpoint right-wing cross from Kristin Gregory, but two minutes later their Aylesford visitors equalised through a carbon-copy move which was finished off by Caine Smith.
K Sports, who will be playing in the FA Vase for the first time this season, deserved to go in at half-time on level terms but Deal took control in the second half and Andy Miller put them back in front after 56 minutes, back-heeling the ball home from close range after K Sports failed to clear a Steve O’Brien corner.
The visitors then had a player sent off 15 minutes from time for using foul and abusive language and Deal, who fielded an unnamed trialist in defence, then wrapped up their first pre-season victory through an 82nd-minute Dan Adams penalty after Connor Coyne had been fouled.
Deal : Tonkin, Trialist, O’Brien (D.Smith 60), K.Smith, Hark, Scott (Adams 60), Biggington (Zureiqi 75) Gregory (Reeves 60), Walsh (Coyne 60), Wilson (Philpott 60), Miller (Anderson 60).
The Hoops are next in pre-season action when they take on Ramsgate U21s at the Charles Ground on Wednesday night (July 19) at the Charles Ground (7.45pm).