United begin bid to start climbing table

Harry Stannard prepares to pull the trigger during Hastings United's FA Trophy defeat away to South Park on Wednesday. Picture courtesy Scott White
Harry Stannard prepares to pull the trigger during Hastings United's FA Trophy defeat away to South Park on Wednesday. Picture courtesy Scott White

New signing Kiernan Hughes-Mason is set to go straight into Hastings United Football Club's squad for the trip to Chatham Town today (Saturday).

United completed the signing of the 25-year-old from Walton Casuals yesterday and will be hoping the winger/striker can help their quest to start climbing the Ryman Football League Division One South table.

Darren Hare's side is down in 14th place at present, but has between two and six games in hand on every other club in the division. United are currently 11 points outside the play-off spots.

A victory will be the clear objective today against a Chatham side which lies third-from-bottom having picked up nine less points than United from six more matches.

Stephen Butcher (hamstring) is still a week or two from fitness, while Sam Cole has still got a bit of swelling on his knee and is likely therefore to be out for a while longer.

All of United's last three games and five of their last six have been in the various cup competitions, but they are now free to focus solely on their quest for promotion in the league.

Elsewhere today, Bexhill United are away to Seaford Town and Little Common will travel to Southwick in Macron Store Southern Combination Football League Division One.

And Westfield will be back in action away to fellow high-flyers Sidlesham in Southern Combination Football League Division Two. That match will kick-off at 2pm, while the other three mentioned will start at 3pm.

TODAY'S FOOTBALL FIXTURES
RYMAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Division 1 South

Chatham Town v Hastings United (3pm)

MACRON STORE SOUTHERN COMBINATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Division 1 (3pm)

Seaford Town v Bexhill United
Southwick v Little Common

Division 2
Sidlesham v Westfield (2pm)

MACRON EAST SUSSEX FOOTBALL LEAGUE (2pm)
Premier Division

Eastbourne Rangers v Hollington United
Old Hastonians v Hawkhurst United
Sedlescombe Rangers v Rock-a-Nore
Sidley United v Battle Baptists
St Leonards Social v Ore Athletic
Westfield II v Robertsbridge United

Division 1
Herstmonceux v Wadhurst United
Little Common II v The JC Tackleway

Division 2
Hastings Athletic v Eastbourne Athletic
Peche Hill Select v Bexhill AAC

Division 3
Bexhill United II v Battle Baptists II
Hollington United II v Orington
Punnetts Town v Catsfield

Division 4
Bexhill AAC II v Mayfield II
Hawkhurst United II v Sovereign Saints
Parkfield v West Hill United
The JC Tackleway II v Sandhurst
Victoria Baptists v Magham Down

Division 5
Battle Baptists III v Hampden Park
Bexhill Spartans v Sedlescombe Rangers III
Cranbrook Town v Bexhill Broncos
Icklesham Casuals II v Wittersham II
West Hill United II v Northiam 75 II

HASTINGS & DISTRICT FA JUNIOR CUP
2nd round (1.30pm)

Bexhill Rovers v Ticehurst
Bexhill Town v Westfield III
Burwash v Icklesham Casuals
Crowhurst v Hastings Rangers
Northiam 75 v Sedlescombe Rangers II
Pebsham Sibex v Rye Town


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