By Deal Town

Another season draws to a close for the Hoops when they meet Tunbridge Wells at the Charles Ground on Saturday.

And Derek Hares’ side, who are currently lying 13th in the Southern Counties East League table, still have something to play for. If they beat Wells and Bearsted fail to win their final game at Beckenham then Deal will leapfrog the Bears into 12th place.

And, if Bearsted lose at Beckenham,  a draw with Wells would be good enough for the Hoops to claim 12th place from the Bears on goal difference.

Although the Hoops will not be able to match last season’s ninth place finish Hares insists: “We have improved as a team this season, been pretty consistent and competitive.

“We have had our blips, as every team does, but the average age of the side has dropped to around 22 and I have been pleased with the spirit and commitment shown by the boys.”

Wells go into Saturday’s game two places below Deal in the table but they will be looking to complete a league “double” over the Hoops after winning 2-1 at the Culverden Stadium in November, when Joe Anderson was on target for Deal.

Anderson also scored in last weekend’s 2-2 draw with AFC Croydon, which was Deal’s 13th draw of the season – the highest number in the league – and it’s worth pointing out that if the Hoops had managed to convert just six of those draws into wins, plus beating Tunbridge Wells on Saturday, then they would probably have matched last season’s ninth place finish.

One Response

  1. It would be nice to get a good crowd there tomorrow and finish the season with a win. 🙂
    Will be there

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