Hastings United’s play-off conquerors beaten in final

Hastings United Football Club’s play-off semi-final conquerors were beaten in the final.

Saturday, 4th May 2019, 11:08 pm
Updated Saturday, 4th May 2019, 11:28 pm
Action from Hastings United's play-off semi-final defeat to Ashford United. Picture courtesy Scott White

Hastings’ Bostik League South East promotion hopes ended in heartache as they lost 3-2 at home to Ashford United after extra-time on Monday night.

Ashford were edged out 2-1 after extra-time away to Horsham last night (Friday) in a match watched by a crowd of 880 at Culver Road, Lancing.

See also: * Hastings United suffer agonising extra-time play-off loss* Hastings United boss ‘tremendously proud’ of players and season* Hastings United boss: We controlled game in play-off semi-final defeatGeorge Hayward gave Horsham a 39th minute lead only for Sam Corne - who netted twice against Hastings, including the winner - to bring Ashford level from the penalty spot six minutes later.

There was no further scoring during the second half of normal time, but Horsham prevailed thanks to Dylan Merchant’s winner in the second period of extra-time.

Horsham will definitely be promoted to the Bostik League Premier Division for next season, when they will be up against fellow Sussex sides such as Bognor Regis Town, Lewes and Worthing.