By Deal Town

Our last two games have led to mixed emotions. Last Tuesday’s game at Chichester was a very tough one. Chichester were a strong side and we were soundly beaten on the night. It was difficult to have to make a 3-hour journey on a Tuesday night and our preparations were not helped by an accident en-route. However, we didn’t get to the levels we have set ourselves and although we showed a response in the second half the result was a fair one. I must praise the player’s commitment however as a number had to leave work early and make special arrangements at short notice. To only lose one player to work commitments for the trip is a testament to the spirit and commitment within the dressing room.

Last Tuesday’s game at Rochester was much more enjoyable. We played some good football and ended up winning the game comfortably. We should have been out of sight at half time but missed a number of chances after some good attacking play. However, we kept going and to score four goals away from home is always pleasing and the only slight negative was conceding a sloppy goal in the added on time when the game was already won. There are no easy games in the league and Rochester have brought in a number of experienced players so it was pleasing to pick up another three points.

We have now played 24 competitive games this season and have yet to have a game where we have not had at least three players unavailable. This has made things tough but has shown the strength of the squad to still ensure we have started as well as we have done. Joe Reeves is nearing a return and is back in training, Charlie Walsh is likely to be another few weeks with his thigh injury, Steve Butcher has a suspected broken rib and Luke Bigginton knee injury looks like it will keep him out until at least Christmas. We also hoping to welcome back Steve O’Brien to training in the next couple of weeks. To be missing 6 first team quality players most weeks has been tough but I have been delighted with how the other boys have responded. It will certainly be an interesting job trying to pick a team if we get to the stage where all of the squad is fit and available. It would certainly be nice to have that headache to deal with.

We are very pleased to have picked up 23 points from our first 14 games and we have had a meeting this week to set our targets for the rest of the season. We have been developing the squad over the last 2 and a half years and the aim now is to finish as high as possible in the league. We know that we are capable on the day so we will continue to strive for a consistency in our performances that ensure we continue to pick up points.

(This was written before our game against Glebe on Saturday 25th November)

2 Responses

  1. It would not be obvious to anybody coming to the Charles Sports Ground for the first time in recent weeks that there are the injuries mentioned. There is strength in the depth of the squad and this shows on a weekly basis. Well done everyone.

  2. Yes well done to everyone at the club.
    It’s always difficult with players missing but this happens regularly at the club.
    The most pleasing thing is that no disrespect to the players ,for once the players missing haven’t been missed as much.
    The number of points gained is a great improvement.
    The number of goals conceded has to be applauded.
    The only concern is goals scored but chances are being created. Although with Ryan missing and Sam Wilson not available at weekends this is probably the reason why.
    A look at what can be achieved is interesting mainly because still with a cup to play for means the lads have something to win. Possible.
    A healthy position in the league at the moment and bearing in mind a lot of the top teams in the league have already faced the challenge of playing against Deal.
    This will provide a great marker for what can definitely be achieved.
    I don’t want to get carried away but if the club can keep working hard as always and the players keep on improving then I believe a top 4 place can be achieved.
    Top six at least no pressure because the football has been good.
    Come on Deal.!!!!

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