United through in FA Cup

Hastings United's footballers avoided a potential FA Cup banana skin with an away victory this afternoon (Saturday).

Saturday, 3rd September 2016, 7:03 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 11:37 pm
Sam Cole opened the scoring for Hastings United against Camberley Town. Picture courtesy Scott White
Sam Cole opened the scoring for Hastings United against Camberley Town. Picture courtesy Scott White

The U's won 2-0 against lower grade Camberley Town in first round qualifying - their third victory by that scoreline in their last four matches.

Second half goals from Sam Cole and Frannie Collin earned United a further £3,000 from the FA's prize fund (on top of the £1,925 they got for winning in the previous round), and a place in the next stage of the world famous competition.

United goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley pulled off a superb save and Combined Counties Football League Premier Division side Camberley had a goal ruled out for offside during an even first half.

Frannie Collin sealed United's win with a late penalty. Picture courtesy Scott White

Matt Bodkin blazed a great chance over Camberley's crossbar as the contest remained tight during the second period before Cole put United ahead with a far post header from Reece Butler's cross.

Camberley skied a decent opportunity to equalise and with heavy rain falling in the closing stages, Collin put the result beyond doubt with a late penalty for his first United goal.

United: Pidgeley, Davies, Rowe, Smith (Wilson), Butler, Cruttwell, Johnson, Bodkin, Stannard (Temba), Cole, Collin.

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