U’s aim to build on win

Hastings United will take on East Grinstead Town in Dom Di Paola's first away game as manager tonight

Hastings United will take on East Grinstead Town in Dom Di Paola's first away game as manager tonight

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Hastings United’s footballers will be eager to pick up where they left off when they return to action tonight (Tuesday).

The U’s will travel to East Grinstead Town buoyed by the 4-1 win at home to Guernsey on Saturday when Kenny Pogue’s first hat-trick for the club gave Dom Di Paola a winning start as manager.

Di Paola is now preparing for his first away game in charge against a Grinstead side which lies second-bottom of Ryman Football League Division One South with 11 points from 16 games.

United are 20th at present, but with several teams bunched closely together just ahead of them, a victory tonight could well see them start climbing the table.

Grinstead, who were promoted from the Sussex County Football League last season, have won two and lost six of their eight home league games so far, while United have won two and lost three of their five away league matches. Kick-off is 7.30pm.

Jahmahl King has requested his registration with United be cancelled so that he can seek a club closer to home. The former Horsham central defender made 13 appearances for the U’s after joining in the summer.

United’s under-21s were in action last night, losing 3-0 at home to Maidstone United in the Ryman U21 League South Division.