Hastings taking nothing for granted

Sam Adams scores for Hastings United in the reverse fixture against Whitstable Town. Picture courtesy Joe Knight
Sam Adams scores for Hastings United in the reverse fixture against Whitstable Town. Picture courtesy Joe Knight
  • Hastings United host Whitstable Town this afternoon
  • United taking nothing for granted against bottom-of-the-table opposition
  • Ray’s 95th minute winner gave Hastings 2-1 victory in reverse fixture
  • Walder starts five-match ban but new loan signing Dickenson should feature
  • United two places and three points outside play-offs
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Garry Wilson says Hastings United will take nothing for granted against bottom-of-the-table opposition.

The U’s will host Ryman Football League Division One South’s basement club Whitstable Town this afternoon (Saturday). Kick-off at The Pilot Field is 3pm.

United manager Wilson said: “You can’t take it for granted you will get the three points, but it’s one we need to win. We can’t trip up in this one.”

United needed a 95th minute winner from Sean Ray to triumph in the reverse fixture during January, but Wilson believes the vastly better Pilot Field pitch will suit them far more.

Although Jack Walder starts a five-match ban, United yesterday signed 19-year-old central defender Mitchell Dickenson on a 30-day loan from Gillingham and he is expected to go straight into the squad.

Simon Johnson hopes to be fit after missing the last two fixture with an Achilles problem, but the midfielder may well not be risked from the start.

TODAY’S FOOTBALL FIXTURES

RYMAN LEAGUE

South Division

Hastings United v Whitstable Town (3pm)

SOUTHERN COMBINATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Division 1

Bexhill United v Seaford Town (3pm)

Oakwood v Little Common (3pm)

Division 2

Rustington v Westfield (2pm)

Reserve Section (East)

Westfield v Southwick (2pm)

MACRON EAST sUSSEX FOOTBALL league (3pm)

Premier Division

Hollington United v Sedlescombe Rangers

Mountfield United v St Leonards Social

Ore Athletic v Peche Hill Select

Robertsbridge United v Hawkhurst United

Rock-a-Nore v Battle Baptists

Division 1

Crowhurst v Old Hastonians

Ticehurst v The JC Tackleway

Division 2

Catsfield v Little Common III

Northiam 75 v Icklesham Casuals

Peasmarsh United v Bexhill AAC

Peche Hill Select II v Herstmonceux

Division 3

Herstmonceux II v Hooe Sports

Mayfield v St Leonards Social II

Sedlescombe Rangers II v Burwash

Division 4

Conquest United v Bexhill Rovers

The JC Tackleway II v Punnetts Town

Division 5

Hampden Park United v Parkfield

Icklesham Casuals II v Sedlescombe Rangers III

St Leonards v Battle Baptists III

Sussex Bluefin Junior Cup

Quarter-final

Montpelier Villa II v Wadhurst United (2.30pm)

Semi-final

Sidley United v Woodingdean Wanderers (2.30pm)

Robertsbridge Charity Junior Cup

2nd round (2.30pm)

Orington v Bexhill United II

Pebsham Sibex v Wittersham II

West Hill United v Bexhill AAC II

Eastbourne Coach Finishers Challenge Cup

Quarter-finals (2.30pm)

Battle Baptists II v Robertsbridge United II

Hawkhurst United II v Victoria Baptists

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