By Deal Town

Hoops manager Derek Hares admits he isn’t optimistic that Saturday’s league game at Tunbridge Wells will go ahead.

He said: “If it’s going to be off anywhere it’s likely to be Tunbridge Wells. The pitch dictates at this time of year. Ever since I’ve been going there it’s always been heavy. It’s one of those places where you’ve got to dig in and battle. I don’t think it will be a pitch for playing football on, put it that way.”

The Culverden Stadium has traditionally not been a happy hunting ground for Deal in recent seasons, including a 2-1 defeat there in last year’s campaign, and although Wells have struggled so far this season and are currently in 18th place, Hares expects another tough battle this weekend – if the game goes ahead.

The Hoops will be missing Charlie Walsh, Steve Butcher and Luke Bigginton because of injury as they go in search of a fourth successive league win which could lift them into third place.


2 Responses

  1. It’s a difficult place to come away with three points. The Wells are a good side with good vocal support behind them.
    They lost badly at the weekend against Sheppey and IF the game goes ahead the Wells will be looking to put things right.
    Deal will have to keep things tight and be patient on a tricky surface.
    I don’t like to say it but it may be a case of the occasional long ball.
    They are difficult to break down and if Deal can get control of the game especially in midfield then the Wells
    could struggle.
    It’s a game you know will be a battle and hopefully will go ahead.
    Come on Deal.!!!!

  2. If it is in doubt,let’s hope the Wells have an early pitch inspection.
    Don’t want to be travelling down there for a wasted journey! 🙁
    If it does take place,no injuries or suspensions for Tuesdays’ cup game!

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