Nine-man U’s nab extra-time win

Danny Ellis grabbed Hastings United's late winner against Peacehaven. Picture by Terry S. Blackman

Danny Ellis grabbed Hastings United's late winner against Peacehaven. Picture by Terry S. Blackman

Hastings United scraped past Peacehaven & Telscombe 2-1 after extra-time tonight (Wednesday) despite finishing with nine men.

A 119th minute winner from Danny Ellis gave United a slender victory over opposition which plays its football two levels further down the non-league pyramid and set up a Sussex Senior Cup quarter-final at home to Crawley Town, who edged out Newhaven 1-0 tonight.

Ryman League Premier Division outfit United were second best during the first half of normal time against a Peacehaven side which is top of the Sussex County League and reached the last 32 of the FA Vase.

Peacehaven took a deserved lead through an excellent lob by Ashley Rees and were only denied a second by a miraculous save from Daniel East to deny Rob O’Toole. United grabbed an unlikely equaliser shortly before half time through a stunning 25-yard free kick by Zac Attwood.

United had the wind at their backs during the second period and a Mikel Suarez header bounced up onto the crossbar, but neither side could force a winner so the third round tie went into extra-time.

East made a fine save from Dave Minnis before United went down to 10 men when Matt Whitehead hobbled off after all three permitted substitutes had been made. Ellis pounced on a stray pass to grab the late winner, but there was still time for Sean Ray to be sent-off for an off-the-ball incident.

United player-manager Ray is expected to serve a four-game ban starting from the visit of Hampton & Richmond Borough on March 2, while Tom Vickers and Jamie Crellin are due to face two-game suspensions from the same date after picking up their 10th bookings of the season.

United: East, Cox, Whitehead, Vickers (Richardson), Ray, Judge, Crellin, Ellis, Suarez (McDonald), Attwood, Okojie (Carey). Subs not used: Bachellier, Manning.




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