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Hastings United celebrate scoring in last season's game at home to Concord Rangers. Picture by Terry S. Blackman
Hastings United celebrate scoring in last season's game at home to Concord Rangers. Picture by Terry S. Blackman

Amid the excitement of the FA Cup, Hastings United have an important Ryman League Premier Division match at home to Concord Rangers today (Saturday).

The U’s are 18th in the league, albeit with games in hand on just about everyone, while in-form Concord are flying high in fifth.

United player-manager Sean Ray said: “Saturday’s going to be a really tough game. I said at the start of the season they were one of my favourites to go up.

“It’s hard to get that consistency in the league when you’re not playing week in, week out. The cups are becoming a nice distraction to us.”

TODAY’S FOOTBALL FIXTURES

(Kick-off 3pm unless stated)

Ryman League, Premier Division: Hastings Utd v Concord Rangers.

FA Vase, 3rd round: Rye Utd v South Park.

Sussex County League, Division 1: Hassocks v Sidley Utd.

Division 2: Little Common v Steyning Town; Littlehampton Town v Westfield; Wick v Bexhill Utd.

Reserve Section Challenge Cup, 3rd round: Sidley Utd v Dorking Wanderers.

Reserve Section East: Bexhill Utd v Haywards Heath Town.

Suburban League, Premier Division B: Northwood II v Hastings Utd II.

Sussex FA Intermediate Cup, 4th round (1.30): Wittering Utd v St Leonards Social.

Hastings & District FA Intermediate Cup, 2nd round (1.30): Westfield II v Little Common II.

ADA East Sussex League, Premier Division (2): Hollington Utd v Peche Hill Select; Ninfield Utd v Hooe Sports; Rock-a-Nore v Robertsbridge Utd; Spartan 04 v Ticehurst.

Division 1: Catsfield v Crowhurst; Hawkhurst Utd v Eastbourne Albert.

Division 2: Eastbourne Dynamos v Crowborough Athletic III; Wadhurst Utd v Icklesham Casuals; Windsor v Northiam 75.

Division 3: Eastbourne Fishermen v St Helens; St Leonards Social II v Pebsham Sibex; JC Tackleway v Rock-a-Nore II.

Division 4: Burwash v Iden II; Guestling v West Hill Utd; Herstmonceux II v Magham Down; Peasmarsh Utd v Bexhill Utd III; Peche Hill Select II v Mayfield.

Division 5: Battle Baptists II v Wittersham II; Bexhill AAC II v Eastbourne Royals; Grasshoppers Old Boys v Sedlescombe Rangers II; Icklesham Casuals II v FC Bexhill; Victoria Baptists v Bo-Peep Marina.

Division 6: Hampden Park Utd v Hawkhurst Utd II; Herstmonceux III v Orington II; Little Common III v Bexhill Rovers; Robertsbridge Utd II v Battle Baptists III; Sandhurst II v JC Tackleway II.

ADA Challenge Cup, 2nd round (1.30): Punnetts Town v Eastbourne Athletic.

Hastings & District FA Junior Cup, 1st round (1.30): Sedlescombe Rangers v Westfield III; Wittersham v Sandhurst. 2nd round: Battle Baptists v Ore Athletic; Bexhill AAC v Ninfield Utd II; Hastings Rangers v Mountfield Utd.