HOOPS V CANTERBURY CITY PREVIEW

By Deal Town

The Hoops will hope to end their recent “Homelands jinx” when they travel to Ashford to take on Canterbury City tonight.

City, of course, share Ashford United’s Homelands 3G pitch and Deal have lost all of their last five matches on the all-weather surface. In season 2015-16 the Hoops were beaten 2-1 by Canterbury and 5-3 by Ashford; last season they suffered 3-0 defeats at the hands of both Ashford and Canterbury; and this season Derek Hares’ side went down 4-0 to Ashford in early October, with all of United’s goals coming in the opening 21 minutes.

But Deal will draw encouragement ahead of tonight’s game from the fact they have already beaten Canterbury this season, with Andy Miller’s goal enough to divide the teams when they met at the Charles Ground in early September.

And City’s recent league form has been poor with four defeats in their last six matches. They are currently lying in 11th place in the table, six places above the Hoops, with both clubs having played 21 matches.

Canterbury’s  strength definitely lies in defence, with City having conceded only 22 goals in those 21 games compared to Deal’s tally of 50, and so the Hoops’ forward line could be in for a tough time tonight

One Response

  1. Will be happy to get a draw tonight.
    All depends on what sort of team we can manage to put out.
    Deep Heat,Horse liniment and Thermals recommended 🙂

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