Tough trip for Hastings

Action from Hastings United Football Club's under-18 game at home to Eastbourne Town on Thursday, last week. Picture courtesy Joe Knight
Action from Hastings United Football Club's under-18 game at home to Eastbourne Town on Thursday, last week. Picture courtesy Joe Knight
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Hastings United will return to action today (Saturday) with a tough trip to promotion-seeking opposition.

After being without a fixture last weekend, United will resume their Ryman Football League Division One South campaign away to third-placed Merstham looking to complete back-to-back wins.

United are 17th in Ryman Football League Division One South - some 29 points behind their opponents - but only one team outside the top seven has won more matches away from home.

United manager Nigel Kane said: “It’ll be a tough ask. There’s only been one match in which they haven’t scored a home goal and they’ve been probably the best side I’ve seen at The Pilot Field this season.

“We’ve played a lot more like a unit recently and I’ve seen the players have more belief. We’re going to need a big performance.”

The game may come slightly too soon for injured midfielder Fraser Logan, who underwent treatment this week. Ashley-Paul Robinson is expected to return to the squad after featuring for the under-21s on Monday.

United are running a coach to the game, leaving the club at 12noon. To book a seat, contact David Russell on 07970 332270.

TODAY’S FOOTBALL FIXTURES

(Kick-off 3pm unless stated)

Ryman League, Division 1 South: Merstham v Hastings Utd.

Macron Store Sussex County League, Division 2: Haywards Heath Town v Westfield; Little Common v Worthing Utd; Wick & Barnham Utd v Bexhill Utd.

Reserve Section (East): Bexhill Utd v Worthing Utd; Southwick v Little Common; Westfield v Langney Wanderers.

Macron East Sussex League (2), Premier Division: Hollington Utd v Peche Hill Select.

Division 1: Icklesham Casuals v Hollington Utd II;

Little Chelsea v Mountfield Utd; Sidley Utd v Sandhurst.

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

Division 3: Bexhill-On-Sea v Sovereign Saints; Eastbourne Athletic v Hooe Sports; Herstmonceux II v Visick; Ninfield Utd II v AFC Hastings; Peche Hill Select II v Hastings Rangers.

Division 4: Bexhill AAC II v Westfield III; Bexhill Rovers v St Leonards Social II; Bexhill Utd III v Conquest Utd; Little Common III v West Hill Utd.

Division 5: Grasshoppers Old Boys v Victoria Baptists; Mayfield v Hailsham Athletico; Parkfield v Magham Down; Sedlescombe Rangers II v AFC St Leonards; Ticehurst II v JC Tackleway II.

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

Hastings & District FA Junior Cup, 2nd round (1.30): Battle Baptists II v Ticehurst.

Robertsbridge Charity Intermediate Cup, 3rd round (1.30): Rock-a-Nore v Ninfield Utd; St Leonards Social v Sedlescombe Rangers; JC Tackleway v Iden.

Robertsbridge Charity Junior Cup, 3rd round (1.30): Hawkhurst Utd v Northiam 75; Peasmarsh Utd v Bexhill AAC.