Croydon's long journey to Deal was in vain when their winning streak in the League came to an end on Saturday. Croydon had an early free kick soon after kick off that was caught by Deal's James Tonkin caught. Then Deal got a corner which Alex Hewitt saved. Another free kick went towards Hewitt, then at the other end Callum McAllister had a shot that went on target but straight to Tonkin. Come the half hour mark, and with the amount of possession Deal had, surprisingly the game was goalless. But Deal broke the deadlock on 32 minutes when a shot from outside the box went past Hewitt and inside the far post. Two minutes later, Fiden Fejzi had a shot that went wide of the post, followed by a shot that was punched out by Tonkin. Fejzi passed to O'Donoghue whose shot went straight to Tonkin. Lauris Chin had a chance that was cleared by a Deal defender. There was concern two minutes later when Chin and an opponent went down before the end of the first half but both carried on. For Croydon, captain Jamie McGeoghegan missed a chance as did Levi Shango whose shot went over the bar. Hewitt ended the half denying a Deal forward a goal.
The first half for Croydon was bad, but the second half was worse. Deal's second goal came from a penalty after Fejzi fouled an opponent, and Daniel Adams scored his second of the game after 54 minutes. Deal scored their third five minutes later courtesy of Andrew Miller. By now it was heads down for Croydon for both players and fans. Croydon tried their best to get some consolation, Andy Mott had a couple of chances that went over the crossbar in the second half. Marvin Armstrong had a chance that went straight to Tonkin, then came a couple of Croydon corners, the second was saved by Tonkin. Robby Mete-Lobonza had a couple of shots saved. In the middle of those chances, there was a Croydon goal, and thanks to Lauris Chin in the 76th minute, Croydon didn't leave empty handed.
Croydon: Hewitt, O'Donoghue, Davidson-Phipps, McAllister (Hogan 76), McGeoghegan, Mete-Lobonza, Fejzi (Brown 73), Wilson (Armstrong 53), Chin, Mott, Shango
Subs (not used): Somo, Hudson