United sunk by leaders’ early strike

Sam Adams saw a first half penalty saved during Hastings United's 1-0 defeat away to Folkestone Invicta tonight. Picture courtesy Joe Knight
Sam Adams saw a first half penalty saved during Hastings United's 1-0 defeat away to Folkestone Invicta tonight. Picture courtesy Joe Knight
  • Hastings United lose 1-0 away to Folkestone Invicta
  • Former U’s midfielder Dolan scores winner in third minute
  • Adams has first half penalty saved by Folkestone keeper
  • Folkestone play last 20 minutes with 10 men following red card
  • United’s second successive single goal defeat
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Hastings United’s footballers suffered a second single goal defeat in the space of four days.

The U’s went down 1-0 away to early Ryman Football League Division One South pacesetters Folkestone Invicta tonight (Tuesday) having lost by the same score at home to Carshalton Athletic at the weekend.

The decisive moment came in only the third minute when United goalkeeper Josh Pelling miscued an attempted clearance and former U’s midfielder Ronnie Dolan fired home from the edge of the area.

United had actually squandered a clear chance before that when Max Hollobone blazed over from a Jack Harris cross. Later in the half, they had an even better opportunity, but Sam Adams saw his penalty saved by Folkestone goalkeeper Tim Roberts.

Pelling made a superb save at the other end shortly before the break and Dolan headed wide of a virtually empty net as Folkestone led 1-0 at half time, as they had en route to a 4-1 win in the reverse fixture a fortnight ago.

In the second half, Adams had a free kick saved by Roberts in between Pelling pulling off two super stops at the opposite end to keep United - who were without the suspended Sam Cole - in the game.

Folkestone went down to 10 men around 20 minutes from time when captain Liam Friend was shown a straight red card after United midfielder Jack Walder went in high on Phil Starkey, for which he was booked.

United dominated possession thereafter, but despite five minutes of added time, they were unable to fashion an equaliser against a Folkestone side which now boasts 22 points from a possible 24 this season.

United: Pelling, Crabb, Hall, Rowe, Ray, Walder, Adams, Vickers, Attwood, Harris, Hollobone. Subs: Okoh, Smith, Temba, Richardson-Brown, Rose.

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