United tackle league leaders again

Sam Adams on the ball for Hastings United in the reverse fixture against Folkestone Invicta two weeks ago. Picture courtesy Joe Knight
Sam Adams on the ball for Hastings United in the reverse fixture against Folkestone Invicta two weeks ago. Picture courtesy Joe Knight
  • Hastings United travel to Folkestone Invicta tonight
  • Folkestone top of early league table with 19 points from possible 21
  • Hastings sixth with 12 points
  • Folkestone were 4-1 winners in reverse fixture two weeks ago
  • United seeking improvement after weekend loss against Carshalton
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Hastings United’s footballers will tackle the early league leaders for the second time in a fortnight tonight (Tuesday).

The U’s will travel to Folkestone Invicta in Ryman Football League Division One South, exactly two weeks on from their 4-1 defeat in the reverse fixture at The Pilot Field.

On that occasion United had Sam Cole sent-off after the half time whistle when already trailing 1-0. Although Zac Attwood scored a brilliant equaliser, Folkestone netted three goals in 15 minutes to run out comfortable winners in the end.

Eager to make up for the disappointment of play-off final defeats in the last two seasons, Folkestone have picked up 19 points from a possible 21 at the start of this term to lead the table by three points from Faversham Town.

Sixth-placed United have started pretty well themselves with 12 points so far, although Saturday’s single goal defeat at home to Carshalton Athletic was a notable disappointment.

United will naturally be keen to avoid back-to-back losses, but will have to do without Cole, who starts a three-match ban for his sending-off at home to Folkestone. The midfielder has scored five goals already this season.

Kick-off at the Fullicks Stadium is 7.45pm.

Ryman Division One South top 10 (all played 7 matches): 1 Folkestone Invicta 19pts (+11 goal difference), 2 Faversham Town 16 (+7), 3 Dorking Wanderers 15 (+12), 4 Corinthian-Casuals 13 (+5), 5 Ramsgate 13 (+2), 6 HASTINGS UNITED 12 (+7), 7 Herne Bay 12 (+4), 8 Worthing 12 (+3), 9 Sittingbourne 12 (-2), 10 Carshalton Athletic 12 (-2).

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