Hastings United’s footballers returned to winning ways with a 4-2 victory away to Walton & Hersham this afternoon (Saturday).
The U’s recovered from seeing a 2-0 lead cancelled out to win their latest Ryman Football League Division One South contest with two goals in the final half-hour.
United took less than four minutes to open the scoring. Sam Cruttwell’s throughball was misjudged by a Walton defender and Tyrell Richardson-Brown found the back of the net.
Zac Attwood missed a glorious chance to double United’s advantage, but the U’s did go 2-0 up in the 22nd minute. A deep corner from Sam Adams was hooked back by Jack Walder for Ollie Rowe to head home.
Fourth-bottom Walton pulled one back on the half-hour. Gareth Chendlink’s deflected cross was tapped home by Richard Pacquette at the far post.
It remained 2-1 at half time and United had a golden opportunity to restore their two-goal cushion early in the second period. Simon Johnson was pulled back in the area, but the resulting Sam Cole penalty was saved.
As so often happens in football, a miss at one end was followed by a goal at the other. Pacquette cut in from the left and buried a low shot beyond United goalkeeper Harry Girling to make it 2-2 in the 63rd minute.
Walton were only on level terms, however, for two minutes. Attwood received a pass from Richardson-Brown and rounded the goalkeeper before finishing from the tightest of angles.
Dylan Casey hit the side-netting for Walton with a free kick and Girling acrobatically saved a Joe Wallbanks volley before United wrapped up the points with a delightful goal in the 82nd minute.
Having skipped past a couple of defenders and exchanged passes with Richardson-Brown, Cruttwell chipped the goalkeeper from the edge of the area to put United within two points of the play-off places with games in hand.
United: Girling, Rowe, Wilson, Johnson, Cruttwell, Walder, Richardson-Brown (Temba), Cumming-Bart, Attwood (Foster), Adams, Cole (Ray). Sub not used: Smith.
Ryman Division One South top half (played-points): 1 Folkestone Invicta 34-82, 2 Worthing 35-68, 3 Dorking Wanderers 34-66, 4 Herne Bay 34-60, 5 Guernsey 34-58, 6 Corinthian-Casuals 33-57, 7 Faversham Town 33-57, 8 HASTINGS UNITED 30-56, 9 Hythe Town 32-56, 10 Ramsgate 34-55, 11 Molesey 32-54, 12 Whyteleafe 34-52.
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