Busy day of football lies in store

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With Hastings United fixtureless today (Saturday), attention switches to the area’s Sussex County Football League teams.

Rye United will be desperate to start climbing the Division One table, but they face a stern test at home to fourth-placed Littlehampton Town. Kick-off at The Salts is 3pm.

It’s been a tough week for Rye as influential striker Andy Atkin has announced his retirement and defender Jono Richardson has moved to Ryman Division One South side Sittingbourne. Only runaway leaders East Preston have won more games than Littlehampton.

In Division Two, fourth-placed Little Common will travel to second-placed Haywards Heath Town missing virtually a whole side. Adam Smith, Josh Elliott-Noye, Charlie Bachellier, Jerome Smith, Jon Saunders and Dom Bristow are injured, while Lewis Hole, Steve Morris and Anthony Cooper are away. Lee Carey is in talks with other clubs.

Westfield will be targeting a fourth win in five Division Two games when they host promotion hopefuls Broadridge Heath. Westfield will welcome back Gordon Cuddington, Ashley Paine and Lewis Parsons, although Mike Booth will be absent. Kick-off at The Parish Field is 2pm.

Also in Division Two, Bexhill United will be eager to build on an improved display in last weekend’s 1-1 draw away to Oakwood as they entertain relegation threatened Rustington. Kick-off at The Polegrove is 3pm.

TODAY’S FOOTBALLL FIXTURES

(Kick-off 3pm unless stated)

Sussex County League, Division 1: Rye Utd v Littlehampton Town.

Division 2: Bexhill Utd v Rustington; Haywards Heath Town v Little Common 2; Westfield v Broadbridge Heath 2.

Reserve Section (East): AFC Uckfield v Bexhill Utd; Hailsham Town v Westfield; Little Common v Seaford Town.

Ryman U21 League, South Division: Margate v Hastings Utd.

Sussex Intermediate Cup, 4th round (1.30): Hollington Utd v Uckfield Town.

ADA East Sussex League (2), Premier Division: Ninfield Utd v Peche Hill Select; Robertsbridge Utd v Ore Athletic; Rock-a-Nore v Ticehurst.

Division 1: Icklesham Casuals v Orington; Mountfield Utd v Battle Baptists; Sedlescombe Rangers v Bexhill AAC.

Division 2: Catsfield v Hawkhurst Utd; Crowhurst v Wittersham; Eastbourne Rangers v Windsor; Wadhurst Utd v Herstmonceux.

Division 3: AFC Hastings v Visick; Conquest Utd v Punnetts Town; Eastbourne Athletic v Northiam 75; Herstmonceux II v Rock-a-Nore II; Old Hastonians v Bexhill Utd III.

Division 4: Bexhill AAC II v Burwash; Iden II v St Leonards Social II; Mayfield v Westfield III; Peche Hill Select II v Peasmarsh Utd; West Hill Utd v FC Bexhill.

Division 5: Battle Baptists II v Hailsham Athletico; Herstmonceux III v Magham Down 1.30; Little Common III v Wittersham II.

Division 6: Hawkhurst Utd II v FC Westridge; Orington II v Catsfield II; Sedlescombe Rangers III v Hampden Park Utd; JC Tackleway II v Sandhurst II.

Wisdens Sports Challenge Cup, 2nd round (1.30): Little Chelsea v Sandhurst.

ADA Challenge Cup quarter-final (1.30): Sovereign Saints v Bexhill-On-Sea.

Eastbourne Coach Finishers Challenge Cup quarter-finals (1.30): Battle Baptists III v Grasshoppers Old Boys; Bexhill Rovers v Parkfield; Ticehurst II v Sedlescombe Rangers II.

Hastings & District FA Junior Cup, 2nd round (1.30): St Helens v Hollington Utd II.

Robertsbridge Charity Junior Cup, 2nd round (1.30): Pebsham Sibex v Ninfield Utd II.