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7th March, 2018 · · Uncategorized · 4 comments

Deal’s last chance of silverware this season disappeared with this one-goal defeat in the SCEL Challenge Cup quarter-finals at The Belmont on Tuesday.
Whitstable were worthy winners and only the brave and assured goalkeeping of James Tonkin prevented the Hoops from suffering a heavier defeat

The only goal came in the 73rd minute. Luke Bigginton was adjudged to have fouled in the penalty area, for which he also received a yellow card, and Danny Williams stroked home the resulting penalty with ease.

It was a disappointing night for Deal who won only one corner, with their best chance being a deflected shot from Ben Chapman on 81 minutes that Whitstable ‘keeper Dan Eason did well to save.

In the 90th minute Tonkin thwarted Whitstable substitute Shaun Welford in a “one on one” situation to cap a fine individual performance by the Hoops keeper.
Deal: Tonkin, Paxman, Danny Smith, Hark, Kane Smith, Bigginton (Sahadow 76) Connor Miller (Chapman 61), Foster (Walsh 68), Coyne, Wilson, Andrew Miller.
Attendance: 103

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  1. Avatar Spectator says:

    Good to see James Tonkin receiving just recognition for his efforts.

  2. Avatar Hoops Fan says:

    IMHO, MOM,as if it wasn’t for him,Whitstable would have had the game wrapped up by half time by a country mile!
    Had the impression(shared with many others),that the team had the wrong line up for the” right” game.
    Only when the subs came on did we seem to put the home team under any pressure.
    With no game on Saturday,lets try and get the right balance next Wednesday,against Lordswood,as they will prove to be tough opponenents!
    Looking forward to the game.

  3. Avatar Deal Town nut says:

    Probably the team having not played for a while was more of a decisive factor.
    If the team didn’t play as well as they should’ve then the performance by Whitstable was equally a poor effort.
    To be honest when you take into account the amount of games left then really it’s not that bad until you see the semi-final draw of course.
    If Deal can benefit from the experience they are gaining each game then perhaps the team can kick on till the end of the season and finish in the top five.
    I don’t believe anyone would’ve predicted a high finish.
    I won’t be critical of the manager or coaching staff because they are doing the best they can and have done a fantastic job keeping a team of young lads together.
    I’m sure it will be out of their system and bounce back from it on Wednesday.
    I look forward to the next game and ahead to next season because Deal are on the crest of a wave and will get even better.
    A regular team on the sheet each game will give the team a better opportunity of a fine performance.
    Come on Deal.!!!!

  4. Avatar Hoops Fan says:

    With regard to Whitstable putting in “an equally poor performance”, you only have to read the report to see that if it wasn’t for Tonks,it woud have been a cricket score!!
    15 corners to them (to our 1) show how one sided the game was ,with regard to attacking opportunities created.
    You had to be there to see it!
    Agreed,that a regular team each week will give better performances,but its got to made up of the right players and that ultimately(depending on injuries,suspensions etc) is the managements’ responsibility!

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