Two goals in each half saw Sevenoaks reclaim their leadership of the SCEL Premier Division at Deal’s expense on Saturday.
The long-time leaders had been overtaken by Beckenham in midweek but Micky Collins’ side bounced back to the top thanks to their third win over the Hoops in league and cup this season.
The Deal management, however, felt the 4-0 scoreline offered a distinctly unfair reflection on the game with coach Steve King ‘tweeting’ afterwards: “Strange day that, losing 4-0 but with the opposition ‘keeper Jack Bradshaw getting man of the match, and I can’t fault the boys’ effort ”
The Hoops, playing their first match for nearly three weeks after having three games in a row postponed, were on top for the first 20 minutes but were frequently denied by Bradshaw before Sevenoaks snatched a 23rd-minute lead through Jason Thompson.
Kenny Pogue then added a second 10 minutes before half-time to put Sevenoaks in the driving seat, but once again it was Deal who asked most of the attacking questions in the early stages of the second half without being able to achieve any end product.
And, as Sevenoaks sensed another three points within their grasp, they began to produce the sort of sharp attacking football which has now reaped 16 wins in 23 league games this season. Hoops’ keeper James Tonkin did his best to restrict the home side’s winning margin but he was eventually beaten twice more by Mark Jones and Frankie Sawyer in the final eight minutes.
Deal: Tonkin, Paxman, Chapman, Scott, K Smith, D Smith (Alexander 81), Foster (Reeves 73), Miller, Coyne (Sahadow 58), Wilson, Adams.