Hastings set to tackle top two

Hastings United are hoping that defender Sean Kelly will be fit for the trip to table-topping Walton Casuals. Picture by Terry S. Blackman
Hastings United are hoping that defender Sean Kelly will be fit for the trip to table-topping Walton Casuals. Picture by Terry S. Blackman

Hastings United are set to tackle a key three-day period with successive games against the top two.

United travel to Ryman Football League Division One South leaders Walton Casuals today (Saturday) before hosting second-placed Leatherhead on Monday night.

Fifth-placed United trail Leatherhead on goal difference with a game in hand and are eight points behind Walton having played two fewer matches. The U’s did win 1-0 at home to Walton on the first Monday of the season.

“Walton Casuals are on a really good run of form and then we’ve got what is probably the strongest side in the league,” said manager John Maggs. “I think Leatherhead are the team to beat. It’s two good games. Obviously we’re capable - I know that - and I’m looking forward to them.”

Andy Henson is expected to be out for a minimum of two weeks after damaging ankle ligaments at Merstham last weekend, but Sean Kelly hopes to recover from the calf problem which forced him off against Herne Bay on Tuesday night.

Elsewhere today, new signing Ryan Cooper could well make his debut as Rye United host Chichester City in Sussex County Football League Division One but the Quarterboys will be without Tom Hughes.

It’s second against third in Division Two as Little Common entertain still unbeaten Haywards Heath Town. Bexhill United are also on home soil against Wick & Barnham United, while Westfield face a tough looking game away to Mile Oak.

ALL TODAY’S FOOTBALL FIXTURES

(Kick-off 3pm unless stated)

Ryman League, Division 1 South: Walton Casuals v Hastings Utd.

Sussex County League, Division 1: Rye Utd v Chichester City.

Division 2: Bexhill Utd v Wick & Barnham Utd; Little Common v Haywards Heath Town; Mile Oak v Westfield.

Reserve Section (East): Newhaven v Little Common; Southwick v Bexhill Utd; Westfield v Hurstpierpoint.

ADA East Sussex League, Premier Division: Hollington Utd v Hooe Sports; Iden v St Leonards Social; Ore Athletic v Peche Hill Select; Robertsbridge Utd v Ninfield Utd; Ticehurst v Rock-a-Nore.

Division 1: Bexhill AAC v Crowborough III; Eastbourne Albert v Sandhurst; Icklesham Casuals v Sedlescombe Rangers; Mountfield Utd v Langney Wanderers II; Orington v Battle Baptists.

Division 2: Eastbourne Rangers v Crowhurst; Herstmonceux v Little Chelsea; Ninfield Utd II v Catsfield; Wadhurst Utd v JC Tackleway.

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

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

Division 5: Battle Baptists II v Magham Down; Grasshoppers Old Boys v Little Common III; Hailsham Athletico v Icklesham Casuals II; Herstmonceux III v Bexhill Rovers 2.30; Sedlescombe Rangers II v Ticehurst II; Wittersham II v Victoria Baptists.

Division 6: Catsfield II v Orington II; Hampden Park Utd v Sandhurst II; Hawkhurst Utd II v Robertsbridge Utd II; Parkfield v FC Westridge; JC Tackleway II v Battle Baptists III.