Hastings United Football Club’s play-off hopes suffered a big setback with a heavy away defeat this afternoon (Saturday).
The U’s were beaten 3-0 away to in-form Faversham Town and are now five points outside Ryman Football League Division One South’s top five.
Faversham, who are now up to third in the table, took command with two goals in the space of eight minutes leading up to the 25-minute mark.
John Scarborough headed the opener in the 18th minute from a Charley Robertson free kick and Josh Stanford had a simple tap in for number two after United failed to clear.
United responded by making a double change, with Sean Ray and Kevant Serbony replacing Chris Cumming-Bart and Jack McLean, and switching from a 4-4-2 formation to 3-5-2.
Dean Grant shot just wide of United’s goal late in the first half before scoring Faversham’s third less than two minutes into the second period, firing home after Liam King dragged his shot across goal.
United goalkeeper Joe Taylor pulled off a super stop to deny Kieron Campbell before the visitors came close to a late consolation when Sam Cole’s shot was turned away by Faversham stopper William Godman.
United: Taylor, Davies, Cole, Johnson, Walder, Rowe, Medlock (Temba), Cruttwell, Richardson-Brown, Cumming-Bart (Ray), McLean (Serbony). Subs not used: Wilson, Smith.
Ryman Division One South top 10 (played-points): 1 Folkestone Invicta 41-99, 2 Dorking Wanderers 41-81, 3 Faversham Town 41-76, 4 Worthing 40-75, 5 Hythe Town 41-75, 6 HASTINGS UNITED 40-70, 7 Corinthian-Casuals 41-70, 8 Molesey 41-70, 9 Herne Bay 40-69, 10 South Park 40-67.
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