Hastings and Common handed away draws

Hastings United will take on Worthing for the third time this season in round three of the Parafix Sussex Senior Challenge Cup. Picture courtesy Joe Knight
Hastings United will take on Worthing for the third time this season in round three of the Parafix Sussex Senior Challenge Cup. Picture courtesy Joe Knight
  • Hastings United and Little Common handed away draws in Sussex Senior Cup
  • Hastings will go to Worthing and Common to Arundel in last 16
  • Ties are to be played on or before December 9
  • Hastings knocked out Crawley Town in previous round
  • Common have won two matches to reach this stage

Hastings United and Little Common were handed away ties in the last 16 of the county’s premier knockout football competition.

United will travel to Worthing and Common will head further along the A27 to Arundel in round three of the Parafix Sussex Senior Challenge Cup. Fixtures are to be played on or before Wednesday December 9.

The Hastings match promises to be an intriguing one. Worthing are third in Ryman Football League Division One South - 10 places and seven points above United, albeit having played three more matches.

The clubs have already met twice in the league this season, Worthing winning 3-1 at The Pilot Field in September only for Hastings to triumph by an identical scoreline in the reverse fixture a few weeks later.

Hastings, of course, pulled off a magnificent extra-time victory away to League Two club Crawley Town in the previous round of the competition.

Like United, Macron Store Southern Combination League Division One side Common have also been in fine form in the various cups this season.

Common have won seven of their nine cup matches so far, two of which have been against higher level clubs. And they will hope to make it a hat-trick against an Arundel team which lies in the Premier Division’s bottom six.

The draw was broadcast by BBC Sussex on Saturday evening and also on Twitter. Colin Wills, from competition sponsors Parafix, drew the home teams and Ken Benham, chief executive of the Sussex County FA, drew the away teams.

Full draw: East Grinstead Town v Steyning Town Community; Eastbourne Town v Bognor Regis Town; Worthing v HASTINGS UNITED; Arundel v LITTLE COMMON; Brighton & Hove Albion or Three Bridges v Eastbourne Borough; Whitehawk v Horsham; Littlehampton Town v Lewes; Broadbridge Heath v Burgess Hill Town.

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