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Croydon 1-3 Deal Town

writes Kevin Redsull

An improved second half performance ensured that the Hoops avoided becoming the first team to lose to Croydon in the league this season.

Derek Hares’ side went in at half-time on Saturday fortunate to be 2-1 up against their bottom-of-the-league opponents, but Deal then dug in after the break before Connor Coyne wrapped up the points with his eighth goal in eight games. Yet it had looked like it was going to be all plain sailing for the Hoops after they went in front with just four minutes gone, Kane Smith powering home a header from Steve O’Brien’s corner.

But the Trams, fielding a number of new players after their manager, Craig Davies, had quit earlier in the week, weren’t ready to roll over without a fight even after Sam Wilson made it 2-0 on 32 minutes following a poor back pass.

Croydon then proceeded to put the Deal defence under heavy pressure and James Tonkin produced four superb saves while the Trams also hit the woodwork twice before they were finally rewarded with a 44th-minute close-range strike from Malik Nosike.

That goal gave Croydon reason to hope during half-time that they could finally end their dismal losing run, but instead it was the Hoops who stepped up a gear. With Lee Scott having an excellent game in midfield, Deal ensured that Tonkin didn’t have any further saves of note to make in the second half.

And the Hoops then struck again seven minutes from time when, following good work by Ben Cardwell, Coyne fired home from just inside the box.

Hoops head coach Steve King “tweeted” afterwards: “Great battling performance from the boys today. Not at our best in the first half but did everything required in the second.”

Deal: Tonkin, Butcher, Bigginton, K Smith, O’Brien, C Miller, Scott, Cardwell, Wilson, Coyne, Rodgers.
Subs used: Hark, Foster, Adams.

Deal Town 2-1 K Sports - 22nd Sept - Prem Div

Kevin Redsull reflects on victory for Deal Town

An injury-time “winner” from substitute Harris Rodgers lifted the Hoops into third place in the SCEL Premier Division table on Saturday. Rodgers ran on to a Sam Wilson header before sweetly lobbing ‘keeper Adam Highsted to give Deal their second victory over the league newcomers in the space of eight days.

But K Sports made sure that this latest Hoops’ success was achieved with considerably more difficulty than their 4-1 FA Vase win at Aylesford the previous weekend. The visitors were purposeful and combative right from the start and, despite having captain George Snelling sent off early in the second half, they made Deal wait a long time before finally securing the three points.

Hoops manager Derek Hares said: “To be fair I thought K Sports played pretty well and it was the sort of game that maybe a year or two ago we would have lost. But the difference now is that we have got players like Harris who can come off the bench and change the game.”

The opening stages of the match saw the Hoops struggling to get out of second gear and they needed some typically resolute defensive work from man-of-the-match Kane Smith to keep K Sports at bay. And, although Deal did gradually pick up the pace, half-time arrived with the scoreline still goalless.

But that situation quickly changed in the second half and it was the “Paper Boys” who broke the deadlock through a 49th-minute Jason Perry penalty after Alfie Foster had fouled Tom Carr in the box.

Deal now knew they had a fight on their hands to maintain their long unbeaten home record, which stretches back to last December, and it looked like it was going to be “one of those days” after what happened six minutes later. The Hoops were awarded a penalty when Sam Wilson was brought down from behind by Snelling, who was shown a straight red card by referee Jack Hill, but Steve O’Brien then saw his spot-kick saved low to his right by Highsted.

However, a little over a minute later Deal did equalise after Connor Coyne’s header set up a shooting opportunity which Joe Reeves gratefully accepted, and when Wilson thumped a header against the woodwork soon afterwards the Hoops seemed poised to take full command.

But the visitors’ remaining 10 men had other ideas and they continued to frustrate Hares’ team while also creating the occasional attacking threat themselves, and it looked as though Deal were going to have to settle for a draw before Rodgers pounced for his fourth goal of the season. Hares added: “It was a frustrating game and I thought the boys showed great character to keep going until the end, and with just one defeat in our first eight league games I’ve got to be happy with that.”

FA Vase First Round Proper Draw

Kevin Redsull reacts to the draw

The Hoops have been drawn away to fellow Southern Counties East League Premier Division club Corinthian in the first round proper of The Buildbase FA Vase.
And, with the Longfield outfit having the same nickname as Deal, it’s going to be a real “Battle of the Hoops” at Gay Dawn Farm on Saturday, October 13.
Derek Hares’ side won 1-0 on their last visit there in April thanks to a Luke Bigginton goal, while in the two teams’ only other meeting in the Vase it was Corinthian who came out on top by the same scoreline in a preliminary round tie at Gay Dawn Farm in the 1991-92 season.
Mike Golding’s team have made a solid start to the current campaign with 10 points from their opening five league games and were also impressive 3-0 winners over Glebe in the Vase on Saturday.

St Francis Rangers 3-1 FC Elmstead

Sutton Athletic 2-0 FC Elmstead


(Joe the Scoop)

You would have thought after depriving Holmesdale and Welling Town of their 100% records in consecutive games Elmstead would have and probably should have pushed on against their new landlords Sutton Athletic on bank holiday Monday and then against St Francis Rangers a team from Hayward’s Heath in the FA Vase.

Unfortunately Elmstead were outplayed by Sutton and deservedly lost 2-0 with the hosts scoring their goals at the end of each half. Sutton on this performance are in my opinion the best side we have played so far this season the are young fast and skilful.

The cause was made all the harder for Elmstead when they lost Nick Wybrow to a nasty injury which threatens to keep him out for a lengthy period which is a shame because he has started the season in terrific form scoring some important goals and the whole of Elmstead wish him well and hope for a speedy recovery.

Nobody in the Elmstead line up played great which left the players and Manager feeling a bit down in the clubhouse after the game but heads up and onto the FA Vase on Saturday.

So a trip down Brighton way, Hayward’s Heath to be precise to face St Francis Rangers FC in the FA Vase was Elmsteads next job in hand.

On a warm day and on a pitch which was not the greatest this was never going to be a walk in the park for Marc Bentz and his team and so it proved going down 3-1 to a team Elmstead really should be beating.

St Francis to their credit played to their strengths and out battled Elmstead all over the park and ran out winners by 3 goals to 1 and they hit the post on a couple of occasions as well, but Elmstead also rattled the oppositions woodwork with a good effort from Jordan Samuels.

Only 2 or 3 players can hold their head up after this performance and it would be unfair to name them.

The team needs to pick itself up after a nightmare week and get back to playing the way they did at the start of the campaign when their performances where of a high standard and a joy to watch.

This is Joe the Scoop off to Gatwick for a 2 week break with Mrs Scoop.

Crowborough Athletic 2-4 Deal Town

(Kevin Redsull)

Connor Coyne grabbed a first half hat-trick to set up the Hoops’ first away win of the season on Saturday.

The striker struck in the ninth, 17th and 28th minutes as Deal totally dominated the opening period against a Crowborough side who had done the “double” over them last season. Harris Rodgers also scored for the Hoops five minutes before the break so that Derek Hares’ team went in at half-time leading 4-0 and with the game apparently all ready over. But the Crows, to their credit, produced a much better second half performance and they pulled a goal on 69 minutes through Luke Leppard. The Hoops then conceded their fifth penalty of the season a minute later from which Jake Funnell made it 4-2, but Deal then played out the remaining 20 minutes with few further alarms to seal a victory which lifted them to fourth place in the table.

Deal: Kallmier, Butcher, O’Brien, Bigginton, Hark, Scott, Foster, Cardwell, Coyne, Wilson, Rodgers.

FC Elmstead 1-1 Welling Town

(Joe the Scoop)


Elmstead welcomed the league leaders Welling Town to their new home with the hope of being the first team to take points from the early pace setters. Having relieved Holmesdale of their 100% the previous week could Elmstead repeat the feat against new boys Welling.

With 4 players missing from last weeks starting 11 Elmstead manager Marc Bentz had to juggle his team around and things were made all the more difficult for the manger when 1 of the players could not make it due to car trouble, this meant another reshuffle. Welling although new to the division boast a wealth of experience at this level within their ranks and it is no surprise to see them on top of the tree.

The game started and for all the changes Elmstead were giving as good as they got and the contrasting styles of the 2 sides made for an interesting watch for the supporters of both sides. Welling are a big strong physical side but Elmstead are a quick side and were causing Wellings back 4 a few problems. Welling however took the lead on the half hour mark when a decent cross found a Welling attacker who at full stretch managed to get his head to the ball. And guide the ball into the top corner of the net. This was a bit harsh on the home side as the half was an even affair with no team really deserving to be in front. Welling could have gone further ahead when a free kick was well turned over the bar by Elmstead’s young keeper Larry Mcardle. The half finished Elmstead 0 Welling 1 but I am sure Marc Bentz was encouraged by his teams first half performance and must have been quietly confident his team could get back into the game. The second half really did belong to Elmstead and when Striker Nick Wybrow was put clear by a good ball from fellow striker Charlie Smith and one on one with the Welling keeper made no mistake with his cool finish.

Elmstead thought they had took the lead but unfortunately for them the Welling keeper made a stunning save from a Jordan Samuels pile driver. Elmstead were creating more and more chances but they nearly went behind for a second time this time it was Elmstead’s keeper to the rescue with a fantastic double save . Elmstead’s back four of Ben Lockett,Macca ,Joe Hart and Marcus Howell were in great form restricting the league leaders to only a handful of opportunities and protecting keeper Larry Mcardle with a superb display of defending. Christian Howell and Dexter Babalola in midfield put in a great shift and both worked their socks off. Jordan Sammuels and Danny Patterson gave the Welling full backs a tough time with their pace and trickery. Nick Wybrow was Elmstead hero with his equaliser and Charlie Smith was strong alongside Wybrow and can put an assist against his name.

Marc Bentz only used one of his subs when Dujon Desaguarante came on for Charlie Smith which that alone gives you an indication how close the game was.

The game finished 1 all and Elmstead can count themselves a little unlucky not to take all 3 points against a very strong organised Welling outfit who I am sure will be in the mix at the end of the season.

Managers Man of the match, he couldn’t choose but gave it to all of his back 5 who I have to agree were superb well done lads

Lewisham Borough 2-3 Greenways

(CB Photography)


Lewisham Borough played host against Greenways in the SCEFL First Division this weekend. With the first half in action both teams came out looking a bit nervous with not much action taking place. Towards the end of the half, Greenways was handed a penalty for it only to be missed by Luke Adams by loosing his footing just as he hit. With just a few minutes left in the first half a goal came out of no where for Greenways to be scored by Theo White (43). When the second half started Lewisham came out of the blocks quickly to catch Greenways sleeping to equalise through a goal from Mario Quissaca (50). With Lewisham equalising so early Greenways was under pressure and looking unstable but 15 minutes later they managed to take the lead again from a corner with Lewisham failing to clear the ball Theo White (65) managed to grab a second from a close range header. As the game went on Lewisham was trying their best to get back in to the game, they managed to counter attack Greenways with Jason Johns (78) cutting in on the right to go 1 on 1 with the keeper to comfortably slot home into the bottom right hand corner to only draw the game level again. However it didn't last long with Lewisham going in to get the winner with the team playing high up the field Greenways managed to counter attack out of no where for James Trueman (85) managed to still the winner with 5 minutes left in which Greenways deserved. Final Score Lewisham 2-3 Greenways. Greenways move to 6th in the table and Lewisham stay 13th.

Sheppey United 3-1 Deal Town

(Kevin Redsull)

The Hoops suffered their first league defeat of the season at Sheppey on Tuesday night.

After Connor Coyne gave Deal a 16th-minute lead with a superb strike frim Sam Wilson's header the turning point of the game came when goalkeeper James Tonkin was shown a straight red card 20 minutes later for what the referee deemed a dangerous challenge in the Hoops’ penalty area. It was a decision which seemed to be shared by few others in Holm Park, but it meant that Luke Bigginton had to take over in goal for the resulting spot kick from which Dan Bradshaw fired Sheppey level.

The Hoops’ management then decided to re-organise their line-up, with substitute Charlie Walsh coming on in place of Harry Alexander and taking over in goal from “Biggy”. But Sheppey now had their tales up and they went in front three minutes before half-time through Darren Cooper.

Bradshaw then added his second goal after 57 minutes but the Hoops’ 10 men never gave up and they were awarded a 68th-penalty after what looked like another questionable refereeing decision, only for Adams to see his effort saved by Sheppey keeper Dan Ellis.

And, although Sheppey were also reduced to 10 men when Cooper received a second yellow card eight minutes from time, Deal were unable to close the two-goal gap.

Deal: Tonkin, Butcher, O’Brien, Bigginton, K Smith, Scott, C Miller, Cardwell (Adams 61), Coyne (D Smith 78), Wilson, Alexander (Walsh 38).

DEAL TOWN 3-0 Rusthall

(Kevin Redsull)

After the disappointment of their midweek FA Cup exit Deal bounced back with a comfortable home win over Rusthall on Saturday.

Three first-half goals meant the Hoops were able to “take their foot off the gas” after the break as Derek Hares’ side continued their encouraging start to the new league season. Hares said: “I thought it was a good response from the lads after what happened at Whitstable (in the cup), especially when you consider we were again missing several players today. “We played some good stuff in the first half and, although we went a bit flat in the second half, we kept a clean sheet and that’s seven points from three games which we would have taken at the start.” Deal were dominant in the opening period against a Rusthall side who, after narrowly avoiding relegation last season, had won two of their opening three games of the new campaign. But the Tunbridge Wells outfit fell behind after just four minutes when Connor Coyne nodded home following a corner and that gave the Hoops just the lift they needed after their 4-3 cup exit at Whitstable. They forced several more corners in the opening half hour, and from one of them Sam Wilson headed against the bar before Deal went 2-0 ahead on 33 minutes thanks to a superb five-man move finished off by Ben Cardwell. And it was Cardwell again who added Deal’s third just two minutes later, heading in Steve Butcher’s cross from just inside the area for his fourth goal of the season. After posing only an occasional threat in the first half Rusthall were more competitive after the break but couldn’t find their way past a solid Hoops’ defence. And although Deal were now not as sharp going forward as they had been earlier on, they had already done enough to seal the points. Hares added: “We’ve made a good start but that’s all it is. We‘ve now got two tough games coming up at Sheppey on Tuesday and then Lordswood at home, and I think we will have a better idea of where we stand after those two matches.”

Deal: Tonkin, O’Brien, K Smith, Bigginton, Scott, Butcher (Brayne 70), Wilson (Adams 60), Coyne, Walsh (C Miller 75), Alexander, Cardwell.

Holmesdale 0-1 FC ELMSTEAD

(Joe the Scoop)


FC Elmstead returned to their former home in Oakley Road to take on their ex landlords Holmesdale FC in the SCEFL division 1. With Holmesdale winning all 3 of their opening matches and Elmstead coming into the game on the back of an impressive 5-2 victory over Meridian FC an exciting match was in prospect. In reality the first half was not the best with both sides appearing to show each other too much respect and with both teams allowing each other to keep the ball in their own half the expected exciting encounter the supporters were hoping for didn’t really materialise. The half finished 0-0 and the fans of both sides didn’t have much to discuss over their half time cuppa. The second half began with Elmstead having more of the game and deservedly took the lead after 57 minutes when young striker Callum Naessens hit his low shot into the bottom corner of the net 1-0 Elmstead. Marc Bentz’s team should have put the game out of reach of Holmesdale but were guilty of missing some golden opportunities, the best one falling to Nick Wybrow who did brilliantly to break clear of the Holmesdale defence and with just the keeper to beat tried to be a bit to clever and his delicate chip hit the outside of the post and went for a goal kick. Substitute Jordan Sammuels also saw his shot brilliantly cleared off the line by the Holmesdale centre back. Then when Naessens robbed Holmesdales last man he was clean in on goal but to everyone’s amazement including that of the Holmesdale faithful the referee pulled the game back adjudging the young striker had fouled his opponent, a strange decision indeed. As Elmstead sank further back and allowing Holmesdale more possession so would they rue all those missed chances. Elmstead were in no mood to let this slip and with there back four of Dan Carpenter,Marcus Howell,Lindsey Prescott-Kerr ( Macca) and the very impressive Ben Lockett were protecting keeper Alex Hyde extremely well,that said when called upon Hyde in goal looked very confident with good handling and decision making and his kicking relived any pressure on Elmstead’s defence. With the centre of midfield partnership of Mark Axcel and Christian Howell working well together and the strength of Naessens and trickery of Wybrow up front it was no surprise Elmstead held onto their lead and came away with a much deserved victory. Man of the match everyone played their part but a joint award goes to Alex Hyde for a comptitant display in goal and to Ben Lockett who was fantastic throughout well played lads. This is a good start to the season for Elmstead but with a difficult bank holiday period to come there is plenty of work ahead but well done today boys

Come on you Es

Joe the scoop saying goodnight

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