Redhill Town 1-1 Deal FC: Match Report of an exciting non-league FA cup encounter



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Redhill Town 1-1 Deal FC: Match Report of an exciting non-league FA cup encounter

Redhill Town drew 1-a-piece with Kent Coast side Deal FC in the FA cup preliminary round.

In an exciting encounter between two very similar non-league sides, around 145 were present at Kiln Brow to watch the two teams hoping to progress in the cup.

The game showed signs of magic early on yet it wasn’t until half-way through the first half that the ball found its way to Redhill’s Jack Wadmore who glided effortlessly through the Deal defence. Despite a weak and unconvincing side-footed shot, it slipped underneath the keeper and the goal gave the Lobsters the lead.

There were two more big chances in the first half after the goal, both in which Noe Vendrells of Redhill was involved in. The first was when Aiden Brown, who scored a hat-trick for the Surrey-based club in the last round, found him on the edge of the box in space. Yet despite having a great chance to hit it first time, he played it back to Brown who then got his feet muddled up. The next chance for Vendrells, was after he controlled a long ball, headed for goal. Similar to Wadmore, he glided through the Deal defence and found himself one on one with the keeper. However after trying to sneak it past the Deal keeper with the outside of his boot, it slipped wide.

In the second half the hosts had loads of chances as they came out onto the pitch clearly looking to kill the game off. In particular when Aiden Brown turned and hit the post from around the penalty spot. The Deal keeper was also called to action once more, most notably impressively saving a rasping shot from outside the box. Although Redhill couldn’t capitalise.

The game fizzled out a bit then until the 60th minute when Redhill substitute Iqbal came on. A small yet skillful player, he bamboozled many players and was always looking to get forward. His two biggest contributions were these; after cutting in from the left, he rounded a player before slipping it to Brown, who was wrestled to the ground in what should have been a penalty; his second contribution came from a neat set of passing, finding himself in the right-hand corner of the box. From there he viciously thumped the bar.

After that Deal grew into the game more and more and in the end the pressure mounted. A ball came in from wide and a defensive mix-up including Goalkeeper Jack Minchin, a Redhill defender and some pressurising Deal attackers the ball found its way into the back of the net, sending the game to the Charles Sports Ground, Deal’s home, for a replay.


Match in the life of a fan

After buying your ticket and perhaps collecting a matchday programme, you’d go through the red turnstiles to get inside. Then you’d choose where to watch; You could sit in the one stand at Kiln Brow, or perhaps in the standing stand? Yet for many, it was leaning on the railing around the pitch, where you could find proper pitchside action. After watching the first half, many of the spectators chose to buy a pot of chips for just £1.50! After the game had finished, you’d walk through a grand old white and red gate.


Man of the match: Jack Wadmore 

The midfielder gave an impressive account of himself for any new spectators at this match. Aside from scoring a very tidy goal, he was also a solid man in the defence and was hard to beat in the air.


Final Score: Redhill Town 1 -1 Deal FC

Redhill Town and Deal FC will face off again in the replay on Tuesday 24th August.


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