United host Borough in friendly derby

Hastings United striker Bailo Camara, pictured here by Terry S. Blackman against Leiston last season, could face his former club tonight
Hastings United striker Bailo Camara, pictured here by Terry S. Blackman against Leiston last season, could face his former club tonight
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Hastings United will continue their pre-season season friendlies at home to nearby Eastbourne Borough tonight (Tuesday).

The match is likely to provide Ryman League Division One South side United with a stern test because Borough play their football two levels further up the non-league pyramid in Blue Square Bet South. Kick-off at The Pilot Field is 7.45pm, and admission is £5 for adults and free for under-21s.

After successive defeats against a Brighton & Hove Albion under-21/development centre squad and Sussex County League neighbours Westfield, United achieved their first pre-season victory at the third time of asking by beating Thamesmead Town 2-1 on Saturday.

United took just six minutes to open the scoring as Sam Adams converted the rebound after the goalkeeper parried. Kenny Pogue doubled United’s lead shortly after the half-hour mark with a deflected strike from outside the box.

A Thamesmead side which won promotion from Ryman Division One North last term pulled one back with the final kick of a more even second half in which United goalkeeper Josh Pelling made a couple of good saves.

Elsewhere this evening, Sussex Division Two side Westfield will host Division One outfit Rye United in another pre-season friendly fixture. Kick-off at The Parish Field is 7pm.