United set for 12 games in 38 days

Tyrell Richardson-Brown scores Hastings United's opening goal in last weekend's 4-2 win away to Walton & Hersham. Picture courtesy Scott White
Tyrell Richardson-Brown scores Hastings United's opening goal in last weekend's 4-2 win away to Walton & Hersham. Picture courtesy Scott White
  • Hastings United begin run of 12 games in 38 days
  • Three matches in rest of February and nine in March
  • Tooting & Mitcham United visit The Pilot Field this afternoon (3pm)
  • U’s are four points and four places outside play-offs with games in hand
  • On loan goalkeeper Girling to stay for another month
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Hastings United’s footballers are set to embark on a run of 12 games in 38 days.

The U’s have three matches scheduled for the remainder of February and nine in March, including a Thursday night trip to Hythe Town.

United manager Garry Wilson said: “I still think we’re victims of our own success and you can’t really gauge our season until the end of it.”

The U’s are four points and four places outside the Ryman Football League Division One South play-off spots, albeit with four games in hand.

“I’m a little bit frustrated about being ninth, but I think if we had played a few more games we might be sitting in a more comfortable position,” continued Wilson. “Every game we just need to try and get as many points as we can to get in there.”

Next up is a home fixture against Tooting & Mitcham United today (Saturday, kick-off 3pm) followed by a trip to Three Bridges on Tuesday night.

I’m a little bit frustrated about being ninth, but I think if we had played a few more games we might be sitting in a more comfortable position.

Garry Wilson

Billy Medlock is banned for both matches, but Sam Cole should be fit despite missing training on Tuesday as United seek to build on last weekend’s 4-2 victory at Walton & Hersham.

“We got the job done,” added Wilson. “It was a difficult pitch and I thought it was a good team effort to get the three points. I never thought the game deserved to go 2-2. I thought we were totally in control and should’ve went 3-1 up with the (missed) penalty, but we bounced straight back after it went to 2-2.”

United have secured the services of goalkeeper Harry Girling for another month. The 18-year-old joined the U’s last month on a 28-day loan from League One club Millwall, averting something of a goalkeeping crisis at The Pilot Field.

Girling kept a clean sheet on his debut against Guernsey - when he became the fourth different stopper United had used in as many matches - and has helped United pick up seven points in his four appearances so far.

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