United celebrate awards double

Hastings United goalkeeper Josh Pelling won the Ryman Division One South safe hands award for October. Picture courtesy Scott White
Hastings United goalkeeper Josh Pelling won the Ryman Division One South safe hands award for October. Picture courtesy Scott White
  • United boss Wilson is division’s manager of month for October
  • Pelling wins goalkeeping award for same month
  • U’s won four league games and two FA Trophy ties last month
  • Pelling conceded just one goal in those four league matches
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Hastings United Football Club is celebrating an awards double.

United boss Garry Wilson was named October’s Macron and Nicholas Rowe Tailoring Manager of the Month for Ryman League Division One South. And goalkeeper Josh Pelling scooped the division’s ‘safe hands’ award for last month.

Wilson led his side to two victories in the FA Trophy, including last Saturday’s 2-1 win at Chipstead in first round qualifying. On top of that, four straight wins in the league saw the U’s start to climb the table.

Along with the Premier Division and Division One North winners, Wilson will be presented with an inscribed glass trophy to record the achievement at an upcoming fixture.

He will also soon be choosing from three colours at the long established Nicholas Rowe Tailoring’s 7000 sq ft Suit City in Redhill as part of a unique sponsorship partnership with the Ryman League.

Pelling, a PE teacher at the City of London Academy, conceded a single goal in four league outings to earn the division’s goalkeeping accolade.

Pelling is now in his third season at The Pilot Field after arriving from Eastbourne Town in the summer of 2013 and, remarkably, hasn’t missed a league game during that period.

The 24-year-old was with Brighton & Hove Albion as a youngster before joining neighbours Rye United when he was released by the Seagulls in 2010.

Nottingham-based Reydon Sports PLC - the UK’s largest sports and leisure wholesale and distribution company - is sponsoring the monthly accolades through its Precision Goalkeeping brand and Pelling will be presented with a pair of Precision Goalkeeping gloves, the prizes provided by ProKit UK, the nominated retailer administering the awards on behalf of Precision Training.

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