Judge’s verdict is to stay with U’s

Ben Judge gets up highest for an aerial ball against Thurrock last season. Picture by Terry S. Blackman
Ben Judge gets up highest for an aerial ball against Thurrock last season. Picture by Terry S. Blackman
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Hastings United’s plans for next season have been given a big boost by the news that Ben Judge has agreed to stay at the football club.

The experienced central defender, who will turn 36 next Wednesday, made 23 United appearances during the recently completed season after joining in January. He joins Sam Adams in remaining at The Pilot Field.

Former Crawley Town and AFC Wimbledon man Judge is likely to form a formidable partnership with player-manager Sean Ray, who is plotting an instant return to the Ryman Football League Premier Division following United’s relegation last month.

Former U’s goalkeeper Lee Worgan won’t be coming back to the club, however, following his departure from Blue Square Bet South outfit Tonbridge Angels last weekend.

United have arranged pre-season friendlies away to Westfield on Saturday July 13, away to Dover Athletic on July 16, at home to Eastbourne Borough on Tuesday July 23 and at home to Brighton City (formerly Whitehawk) on Tuesday July 30.

The club’s Super 5 draw for May 10 produced three winners with three numbers correct (each receiving £5.58), but none with four or the full house of five. The winning numbers were 4, 6, 12, 28 and 32.