Hastings United manager Chris Agutter said he doesn’t want the football club to be a walkover after Daniel Ajakaiye’s promising short stint ended earlier than hoped.
Agutter was last week 99 percent sure Ajakaiye’s loan from Kingstonian would be extended until the end of the season.
But the winger has returned to Kingstonian after the two clubs couldn’t reach an agreement over the length of his stay at The Pilot Field.
“I’m not being messed around,” said Agutter. “It’s disappointing because Daniel is a hell of a player. He’s played 90 minutes for us in total, scored one and set up three goals.
“I don’t want Hastings to be a walkover. People know if they’re going to do business with us, they’ve got to do it properly or we won’t do it at all. I was disappointed with how Kingstonian did their business.
“I was speaking to Daniel about a permanent move and I will probably try to revisit it in the summer.”
Hastings will host Ashford United today (Saturday) lying 10th in Bostik League Division One South having dominated their last two games only to draw them both 1-1.
“We’re creating chances and that’s the most important thing,” continud Agutter. “With the quality we’ve got, at some point a team is going to get an absolute hammering.
“We’re playing so well and it’s not just on the ball, defensively we’ve been very good. We’re pressing very well, we’re very organised, we win the ball back very quickly and we suffocate the team with the ball.
“We’re building momentum really well, wave after wave of pressure - something I think is really important.
“The challenge is now, when the other team have their spell, can we wrestle the game back in our favour quickly? And during our spell, convert our chances.
“In the last three games we’ve created 46 chances and 30-plus of those have been inside the 18-yard box. Our approach play has been excellent and we will take our chances at some point.”
Agutter praised Sinnkaye Christie, who made his first start for the club in last weekend’s 1-1 draw at VCD Athletic, and Tom Climpson, the player Christie replaced in the starting line-up.
“Sinnkaye was very good,” continued Agutter, who is keen to explore the possibility of getting Christie on contract.
“It was one of those performances where you think ‘we’ve got one’. It’s a bit of a gamble because he hasn’t got a massive background in first team football, but he won every header, was very strong, and him and Crutts (Sam Cruttwell) looked like a great partnership.
“Tom Climpson came into the side when we were at a low ebb and led that backline, looking after the back four and the players in front of him. He’s a real leader and he’s incredibly impressive for such a young player.
“I just felt that he needed a rest. He doesn’t want to rest, which is great, but I felt he just needed a couple of games off. He’s been unbelievably good for us and I can’t emphasise enough how important he’s been.”
Adam Lovatt and Dayshonne Golding are expected to return for today’s match, which will kick-off at 3pm.
Agutter said: “I think that will be a really decent game and I’m hoping for a big turnout.
“I know if we play well and continue the form we’re on, we’ll cause them an awful lot of problems.”
TODAY’S FOOTBALL FIXTURES
Division One South (3pm)
Hastings United v Ashford United
MACRON STORE SOUTHERN COMBINATION LEAGUE (3pm unless stated)
Lingfield v Bexhill United
Oakwood p-p Little Common
SUSSEX BLUEFIN JUNIOR CHALLENGE CUP
Lavant II p-p Bexhill AAC
Montpelier Villa II v Icklesham Casuals
Nyetimber Pirates II v Sovereign Saints
MACRON EAST SUSSEX LEAGUE (2pm)
Bexhill Town v Battle Baptists
Crowhurst p-p St Leonards Social
Hawkhurst United p-p Rye Town
Ore Athletic p-p Sidley United
Sedlescombe Rangers p-p Hollington United
Little Common II p-p Herstmonceux
Northiam 75 p-p Rock-a-Nore
The JC Tackleway p-p Mountfield United
Wadhurst United v Westfield II
Battle Baptists II p-p Peche Hill Select
Bexhill United II v Wittersham
Hollington United II p-p Mayfield
Pebsham Sibex p-p The JC Tackleway II
Punnetts Town p-p Magham Down
Ticehurst p-p Sedlescombe Rangers II
Bexhill AAC II p-p Parkfield
Burwash v Bexhill Broncos
Sovereign Saints II v Cranbrook Town
Beckley Rangers p-p Northiam 75 II
Herstmonceux II p-p Battle Baptists III
West Hill United II p-p Sedlescombe Rangers III
ESFL WISDENS SPORTS CHALLENGE CUP
Bexhill Rovers p-p Catsfield
St Leonards Social II p-p Victoria Baptists
ESFL COOPERS CONSTRUCTION CHALLENGE CUP
Hampden Park p-p Wittersham II
Orington v Icklesham Casuals II
South Coast Athletico p-p Robertsbridge United II