After the drama of their two penalty shootout victories during
the past week it’s back to good old “bread and butter” league business for the
Hoops on Saturday.
And Derek Hares’ side will travel to Aylesford to take on K Sports knowing that they have the chance to achieve their first league “double” of the season, having already beaten the Paperboys 4-1 at the Charles Ground in mid-November.
Deal did the “double” over K Sports last season as well as also beating them, again by a 4-1 scoreline, in an FA Vase second qualifying round tie and so the Hoops have won all four of their meetings with the Paperboys since the Aylesford outfit won promotion to the Premier Division in 2018.
K Sports are currently in 15th place in the table, five places below Deal, but although they have only three less points than the Hoops they have played five matches more and were looking very nervously over their shoulders before picking up four points from their last two games, including a surprise 1-1 draw at fourth-placed Hollands & Blair last weekend.
The Paperboys play on a 3G pitch at their Cobdown Stadium, as do Consett, the Hoops’ next opponents in the Vase, and Hares said: “Playing on K Sports’ 3G pitch will be good practice for the Vase game and the boys will be right up for it because they all want to play against Consett.”
(after 90 mins, Chipstead won 4-2 on pens)Deal’s hopes of reaching the FA Cup second round qualifying for the first time in five years were