Players must match the passion of fans

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I HAVE just returned from watching Hastings United v Carshalton, where I was hoping to reignite a passion for watching non-league football by taking advantage of the “Non League Day” offer.

Instead of finding that passion, I was reminded of the reason why I stopped attending matches several years ago.

Had I seen some passion on the pitch I may have overlooked the inept display of the Hastings team and got behind them.

Instead the spectators were presented with a display of poor quality football for that level, bad passing, lack of team effort and support for each other, no leadership and no real desire to lift themselves, in fact they looked like strangers to each other.

The 10 men of Carshalton were far superior and fitter in all departments and showed a greater desire to win.

Their dozen or so fans made more noise in support of their team than the 400 plus home supporters, that in itself gives an indication of how Hastings were playing.

If those running the club wish to generate more income to take the team forward, they must start to put together a game plan which encourages the players to play with commitment and passion throughout, keep some shape and support each other, as well as improving the level of fitness in the squad.

If the club wants passionate supporters, they must find players that play with passion and pride and give the supporters something to come to matches for.

ROBERT WARD

Lime Close,

St Leonards