United recruitment drive continues

Tom O'Connor on the ball for Hastings United against Burgess Hill Town earlier in the season. Picture by Simon Newstead
Tom O'Connor on the ball for Hastings United against Burgess Hill Town earlier in the season. Picture by Simon Newstead

Terry White is on the hunt for more players despite recruiting four in his first week as Hastings United manager.

New boys Josh Jirbandey, Tom O’Connor, Josh Oyinsan and Frankie Sawyer all played a part in the 2-1 victory at home to Walton & Hersham on Monday night.

White said: “There’s a possibility that more are going to come. I’ve put a seven-day letter in for a midfield player in our league with an extremely good goalscoring record. I just think we need a bit more threat offensively.

“But I’m not going to sign players willy nilly because I think it looks good for the supporters or the board. I need someone that’s going to improve the squad. The chairman has been absolutely first class; I can’t speak highly enough of how helpful he’s been.

“I’m absolutely delighted with the signings. There’s a nice bit of competition for places and it’s good to know that we’ve got some decent cover all around the pitch, but people have got to understand it’s going to take me a little while.”

White added that Sawyer will come strongly into contention for a starting place if the trip to Sittingbourne on Saturday beats the weather. He also said that he’s reluctant to give O’Connor, 17, too many games in quick succession and that Sean Kelly is having a little bit of trouble with his hip.

Fourth-placed United are due to visit fifth-placed Folkestone Invicta in Ryman Division One South on Tuesday night.