Hoops run rings around Whitstable

By Deal Town

Deal Town 2 Whitstable Town 0
Deal booked their place in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup for the first time since 2005 with Tuesday’s replay win at the Charles Ground – and with it earned another very welcome £3,000 in prize money.
After holding Whitstable to a 1-1 draw at Belmont on Saturday, Derek Hares’ team completed the job with goals in each half from Charlie Dickens and Ryan Philpott and now face the challenge of a trip to National League South side St Albans City on September 26.
A delighted Hares said: “I thought Connor Coyne was superb for us up front tonight while the return of Dean Hill made a massive difference but I couldn’t really knock any of them. And you’ve also got to give a lot of credit to Muzza (1st team coach Paul Murray) and Kingy (assistant coach Steve King) because they do a lot of the homework on the other teams and they’ve been spot on.”
Hill’s return to the centre of Deal’s defence after recovering from an ankle problem meant he was able to bring all his vast experience to bear and helped to made up for the absence of suspended skipper Andy Miller as Deal dominated the opening half hour.
They went in front after 15 minutes when Charlie Dickens turned in a Charlie Walsh corner at the near post and could easily have added one or two more before Whistable gradually began to make more attacking impression as half-time approached.
Hares’s side again started the second half strongly and Lee Scott and Philpott both went close but then, around the hour mark, Whistable created their first real period of sustained attacking pressure and Deal right back Liam Hark cleared off the line after a corner had been flicked on while a Kieron Campbell effort was deflected inches wide.
But then, 20 minutes from time, Deal grabbed the second goal they needed when Philpott curled a free-kick towards Adam Highsted’s top corner and the Whitstable keeper couldn’t keep it out with his fingertips.
The home side then rode out the closing stages in reasonable comfort, with Hares adding afterwards: “We’ve done great in the cups so far and we’ve now we got to start picking up our league form. But we’ve had a hard start start and, as we’ve shown again tonight, there’s not a lot wrong.”
Deal: Waymark, Hark, Dickens, Hill, Bagley, Scott, Bigginton (Anderson 56mins), Knight (Tanner 73mins), Coyne, Walsh, Philpott (Smith 82mins).
Whitstable: Highsted, Edwards, Perkins (Crimmen 52mins), Robinson, Doherty, Taylor (Smith 70mins) Heard, Bewick, Rowland, Nunn (Hurcombe 63mins), Campbell.

2 Responses

  1. What a fantastic night of football.
    The Deal lads proved they have the hunger
    and desire to achieve great results.
    The club deserves the financial rewards as
    well and the hard work will continue that I am certain.
    I hope the lads can deliver the goods in the league and
    then look towards St Albans in a fortnight.
    Come on Deal.!!!!
    They have a

  2. Got to agree with you. If it hadn’t been for some desperate defending,good goalkeeping and some wayward finishing,Deal could have been about 3 ahead in the 1st half.To be fair,they looked like the Ryman team and the Oysters looked like a Kent League team!
    Although I say I really don’t fancy our chances against Stalebuns,I hope the form carries on in the Vase game(s) that follow.
    Every pound earned will go towards making the club that little bit more financially viable and hopefully attract a few more through the gate.
    Good luck on Saturday(another tough test!)

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