Review of the year part two

Elliott Cox and Zac Attwood celebrate Hastings United's victory away to Bishop's Stortford in the FA Cup first round proper. Picture by Tony Coombes Photography
Elliott Cox and Zac Attwood celebrate Hastings United's victory away to Bishop's Stortford in the FA Cup first round proper. Picture by Tony Coombes Photography

Here’s part two in our review of the year. See Friday’s Observers for the full article and more pictures.


* Mark Davis wins the World Six Reds Snooker Championship in Thailand during a golden three-week period in which he also reached the semi-finals of the Wuxi Classic and Australian Goldfields Open.

* Daina Rose, from Hastings, comes second in the under-17 girls’ individual event at the British National Trampoline Championships in Birmingham.

* Sedlescombe-based Louisa James, of Hastings AC, wins a silver medal in the senior women’s hammer at the English Schools’ Track & Field Championships with a personal best throw of 59.03m.

* Hastings United win 3-2 against Brighton & Hove Albion in a pre-season friendly at The Pilot Field watched by a crowd of 1,254.

* Bexhill beat Hastings Priory by seven wickets in a Sussex Cricket League derby at The Polegrove to avenge a 10-wicket defeat in the reverse fixture at Horntye Park.

* Yolanda King, from Hastings, represents England at the European Youth Table Tennis Championships in Austria and is a torchbearer during the Olympic Torch Relay.


* Josh Poysden dismisses three former Test cricketers for ducks en route to figures of 8-65 as Hastings Priory pulled off a splendid victory over Eastbourne.

* The White Rock Bowls Club team of Glen Newton, Nick Wingfield and Shaun Godfrey win the Bowls England Men’s National Triples Championship.

* Michael Stone wins the men’s singles at the Hastings Open Bowls Tournament, while Maxine Clarkson captures the ladies’ equivalent.

* Hastings United kick-off the new Ryman Football League season with a 1-0 defeat at Hampton & Richmond Borough followed by a 2-2 draw at home to Margate.


* Crowhurst Park capture the Sussex Cricket League Division Three (East) title via a four-wicket win at Crawley on the final day. Hastings Priory finished third in the Premier League, while Bexhill and Sidley are relegated from the top flight and Division Two respectively.

* Hastings United celebrate their first FA Cup victory for six years with a 3-1 success at home to Chatham Town.

* Former world number two darts player Shayne Burgess, from St Leonards, hits the second perfect nine-dart leg of his career in the Sussex County Darts Super League Champion of Champion Play-Offs.

* Clay shooting great George Digweed, of Northiam, claims his 20th World Championship victory with the remarkable score of 199/200 at the World Compak Sporting Championships in Cyprus.

* Hastings Priory and Sussex Academy starlet Harry Finch is selected for the England Elite Player Development age group team at under-19 level.

* Sedlescombe-based Cathy Bargh claims her third European Senior Badminton Championships singles medal by reaching the semi-finals of the over-50 women’s singles in Bulgaria.

* A team from Sedlescombe Golf Club misses out on a trip to Spain for the semi-finals and final of the Mail on Sunday National Golf Club Classic after the quarter-finals in Manchester were washed out by rain.


* Former Hastings United and Sidley defensive hardman Danny Spice retires from football after 13 months out with a broken ankle.

* Colton Alleyne-Davis, Beauport Park Golf Club’s assistant professional, wins his debut event in the paid ranks on The Players Tour at The London Club.

* Hastings United reach the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time in 10 years by dint of a 3-0 triumph at home to Blackfield & Langley.

* Adrian Gray produces his best performance on the Professional Darts Corporation circuit since 2008 by reaching the semi-finals of a Players Championship event in Ireland.


* The present day Hastings United reaches the FA Cup second round for the first time in its 118-year history with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory away to higher grade Bishop’s Stortford.

* The men’s and women’s course records are broken in the Poppy Half Marathon as James Baker and Rebecca Moore produce brilliant runs in ideal conditions.

* Rye United are knocked out of the FA Vase following a 1-0 defeat away to Amersham Town only to be reinstated after the opposition was discovered to have fielded an ineligible player.


* Little Common Football Club hosts its first ever floodlit game, winning 2-1 after extra-time in a Sussex RUR Charity Cup tie at home to Mile Oak.

* Mark Davis knocks out four-time world champion John Higgins en route to the semi-finals of the UK Snooker Championship in York.

* Hastings Seagull finish runners-up in the 2012 Arena National Swimming League Division One South, earning the right to be considered for promotion to the Premier League for 2013.

* Hastings United prevail on penalties after an epic FA Cup second round replay at home to Harrogate Town in front of a capacity crowd of 4,028 and a live television audience on ESPN. The U’s will visit Championship high-flyers Middlesbrough in round three this weekend.

* A last gasp Sam Crabb goal gives Rye United a 1-0 win over South Park to set up an FA Vase last 32 clash at home to Guernsey.

* Grace Baker wins her first international medal on foreign soil while representing England under-20s at an international cross-country in northern Spain.