Three more wins is ‘minimum requirement’

Action from Hastings United's 1-1 draw at home to Sittingbourne last weekend. Picture courtesy Joe Knight

Action from Hastings United's 1-1 draw at home to Sittingbourne last weekend. Picture courtesy Joe Knight

  • Hastings travel to Carshalton Athletic this afternoon
  • U’s seeking revenge for 2-1 loss in September’s reverse fixture
  • Boss says three more wins is a ‘minimum requirement’
  • United three points and two places above drop zone
  • Five of last eight games are away from home
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Nigel Kane says three wins from Hastings United’s final eight games is the ‘minimum requirement’.

The U’s are three points and two places above the three relegation spots in Ryman Football League Division One South, albeit having played more games than the three sides immediately below them.

We’ve got eight massive games coming up and if we can win three of them I think we’ll be okay

Nigel Kane

United manager Kane said: “We’ve got eight massive games coming up and if we can win three of them I think we’ll be okay. I’m sure four wins would definitely be enough.

“But three wins is a minimum requirement. We want to try and obtain as many points as possible and finish as high up the table as we can.”

Next up today (Saturday) is a trip to 15th-placed Carshalton Athletic, who nabbed a late 2-1 win in September’s reverse fixture.

“I think if we play as well as we did last weekend (when United drew 1-1 at home to Sittingbourne), we should get something out of the game,” added Kane. “They are beatable and we owe them one because they beat us at our place.”

Sam Cruttwell is expected to be available after injury and Alex Hause is back in the mix, but Tim Olorunda is suspended and Tom O’Connor could be out for the season with a knee problem which probably requires keyhole surgery.

TODAY’S FOOTBALL FIXTURES

(Kick-off 3pm unless stated)

Ryman League, Division 1 South: Carshalton Athletic v Hastings Utd.

Macron Store Sussex County League, Division 2: Bexhill Utd v Storrington; Steyning Town v Little Common; Westfield v Worthing Utd.

Reserve Section Challenge Cup quarter-final: Worthing Utd v Westfield.

Reserve Section (East): Langney Wanderers v Little Common.

Hastings & District FA Intermediate Cup quarter-final (2.30): Iden v Hollington Utd.

Hastings & District FA Junior Cup quarter-final (2.30): Ticehurst v JC Tackleway. Semi-final (2.30): Wadhurst Utd v AFC Hastings.

Hastings & District FA Lower Divisions Cup quarter-final (2.30): FC Westridge v Burwash. Semi-final (2.30): Bexhill Utd III v Bexhill AAC II.

Macron East Sussex League, Premier Division: Battle Baptists v Ore Athletic; Peche Hill Select v Sedlescombe Rangers; Robertsbridge Utd v Ninfield Utd 3.30.

Division 1: Hollington Utd II v Mountfield Utd; Sandhurst v Bexhill AAC.

Division 2: Crowhurst v Old Hastonians; Pebsham Sibex v Northiam 75; Wittersham v Herstmonceux.

Division 3: Eastbourne Athletic v Hastings Rangers; Ninfield Utd II v Hooe Sports; Peche Hill Select II v Sovereign Saints.

Division 4: West Hill Utd v Peasmarsh Utd; Westfield III v Little Common III.

Division 5: Grasshoppers Old Boys v Mayfield; Hailsham Athletico v Battle Baptists II; Magham Down v Victoria Baptists; Sedlescombe Rangers II v Ticehurst II (double header 2 & 3.30); JC Tackleway II v Wittersham II.

Division 6: Hawkhurst Utd II v Battle Baptists III; Icklesham Casuals II v Punnetts Town II; Robertsbridge Utd II v Hampden Park Utd 1.30.