Hastings target Hendon revenge

Hastings United will take on Hendon for the second time in four days tonight (Tuesday) targeting revenge for an unfortunate weekend defeat.

Tuesday, 16th April 2013, 12:10 pm
Sam Adams on the ball for Hastings United in the home game against Hendon on Saturday. Picture by Terry S. Blackman

Second-bottom United suffered a cruel 2-1 loss at home to mid-table Hendon on Saturday despite being the better side for much of the Ryman Football League Premier Division game and hitting the post twice.

The U’s will be hoping to get a bit more rub of the green in the return match tonight and they will move outside the two relegation places if they pick up a victory in north-west London.

Speaking after Saturday’s clash, United player-manager Sean Ray was hoping that Dee Okojie and Zac Attwood might be back, and possibly even long-term injury victim Bradley Goldberg.

There are seven Ryman Premier fixtures in all tonight and a couple of the other teams battling for survival are also in action. Fourth-bottom Cray Wanderers are at home to East Thurrock United and sixth-bottom Thurrock host Canvey Island.

Elsewhere, Rye United will seek to extend their unbeaten run under joint managers Marc Gall and Anthony Storey to 11 matches as they host East Grinstead Town in Sussex County Football League Division One.

Anyone heading down to The Salts is likely to see some goals because Rye and Grinstead are the division’s joint second highest scorers with 92 league goals apiece. Fifth-placed Rye are four points and four positions above their opponents having played four fewer fixtures.

Bexhill United will be desperate to halt a run of seven successive defeats when they welcome Seaford Town to The Polegrove in Sussex Division Two. Twelfth-placed Bexhill are three points and one position above Seaford.

All three games will kick-off at 7.45pm and you can get updates on the Rye match by following @SimonNewstead on Twitter.

In last night’s football, Hastings United reserves won 4-1 at home to Leatherhead in Suburban League Premier B, Sidley United lost 3-0 away to Southwick in a Sussex County League Reserve Section Challenge Cup quarter-final and Peche Hill Select II beat Guestling in the Hastings & District FA Lower Divisions Cup final at The Polegrove.