HOOPS v SHEPPEY PREVIEW

By Deal Town

The Hoops travel to Sheerness on Tuesday night to take on a Sheppey United side who have made an excellent start to their new life in the Southern Counties East League.

Ernie Batten’s team won promotion to the SCEL last season by finishing runners-up behind Bearsted in the Kent Invicta League, and they also won the Kent Senior Trophy for good measure by upsetting Ashford in the final.

And Sheppey are now sitting in third place in the SCEL after picking up 13 points from their opening seven matches, including away wins in their last two matches at Canterbury and Fisher.

Hoops manager Derek Hares went to watch the Ashford game and said: “Although Sheppey got a lucky goal right at the end through an error by the City goalkeeper, they have obviously made a good start and we know it’s going to be a tough game.

“But we are four games unbeaten ourselves now and there’s no reason why the lads shouldn’t go there full of confidence really.”

“Del” has a couple of injuries to worry about, with Connor Coyne (back) and Grant Bagley (calf) both having to come off in the second half of Saturday’s victory over Redhill, but on the positive side Carl Munday and Lee Scott are both available again.

One Response

  1. Tonight is a local derby for me and you have to admire the work Sheppey have done at a huge cost and what they’ve achieved.
    But Deal are a work in progress and are unbeaten in 4.
    Sheppey have injuries and their star man John Ralph at the back is missing.
    I can’t wait for it and looking forward to the challenge Deal face it will be a good encounter.
    Come on Deal.!!!!

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