U’s keen to cash in on home double

Hastings United captain Frankie Sawyer (left) celebrates with Sam Cruttwell after scoring in last weekend's FA Cup preliminary round victory away to Eastbourne United AFC. Picture courtesy Joe Knight
Hastings United captain Frankie Sawyer (left) celebrates with Sam Cruttwell after scoring in last weekend's FA Cup preliminary round victory away to Eastbourne United AFC. Picture courtesy Joe Knight

Hastings United are determined to make the most of two home games in three days.

The U’s return to Ryman Football League Division One South action with visits from Worthing today (Saturday) and Merstham on Monday night.

United manager Terry White said: “The two games in three days are very important, especially with them both being at home. If we can get two positive results, then we will be a lot closer to being where we want to be. Our performance level, shape and team ethic have been a lot better in the last two games so we need to build on that.”

Kenny Pogue will go straight into the squad after returning to the club and Sam Adams has a big chance of going back into the starting XI, but Jordan Johnson starts a three-game ban.

“I’m delighted to have Kenny back,” White continued. “I think he almost immediately realised he didn’t want to leave and was man enough to admit so. He gives us different options to what we already have up-front and will have a big part to play this season.

“I’m not totally sure I have absolutely the right blend on the pitch, but we are close so if the right player becomes available, we will take a look.

“We have a few little niggles which are probably associated with the volume of games played. I doubt that the team which takes the field on Saturday will be the one on Monday which is why we need a good squad.”

To mark Non League Day, all Premier League and Football League club season ticket holders will be entitled to half price admission at today’s game.

TODAY’S FOOTBALL FIXTURES

(Kick-off 3pm)

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

Sussex County FA RUR Charity Cup, 2nd round: Eastbourne Utd AFC v Westfield.

Macron Store Sussex County League, Division 2: Little Common v Steyning Town.

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

East Sussex League, Premier Division: Battle Baptists v Hollington Utd; Peche Hill Select v Iden; Rock-a-Nore v Ore Athletic; Sedlescombe Rangers v Robertsbridge Utd; St Leonards Social v Ninfield Utd.

Division 1: Hollington Utd II v Hawkhurst Utd; Icklesham Casuals v Mountfield Utd; Little Chelsea v Sidley Utd; Ticehurst v Sandhurst.

Division 2: Catsfield v Herstmonceux; Northiam 75 v Wittersham; Old Hastonians v Crowhurst; Pebsham Sibex v Rock-a-Nore II; Punnetts Town v JC Tackleway.

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

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

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

Division 6: Battle Baptists III v Sandhurst II; FC Westridge v Hampden Park Utd; Hawkhurst Utd II v Orington; Sedlescombe Rangers III v Robertsbridge Utd II.