Hastings United Football Club is set to be without Jack Walder for more than a third of its remaining fixtures this season.
The midfielder turned defender has been hit with a five-match ban after being sent-off for the third time this term in the dying seconds of last weekend’s 2-0 win over Tooting & Mitcham United.
Walder’s suspension will start with next weekend’s visit from Whitstable Town, and will also take in games against Corinthian-Casuals, Carshalton Athletic, Hythe Town and Whyteleafe.
United manager Garry Wilson said: “It’s a big blow. I know Jack’s disappointed - like we all are - at what happened on Saturday.
“I think he’s been playing really well. I thought he was the best player on Tuesday night (when United lost 3-2 away to Three Bridges) even though he’d come back from roofing outside in the cold in Ipswich to play.”
Wilson would like to move Ollie Rowe back into the centre of defence, but one target he had in mind to possibly bring in at full-back now won’t be coming.
* Hastings United Supporters’ Club is holding a quiz night at The Pilot Field clubhouse on Friday March 4. The quiz is open to teams of four at £2.50 per head and it will start at 7.30pm.
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