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FA Cup exploits still surreal

Hastings United midfielder Jack Dixon slips in the penalty area against Harrogate Town last Thursday. Picture by Tony Coombes Photography (DH51600k)

Hastings United midfielder Jack Dixon slips in the penalty area against Harrogate Town last Thursday. Picture by Tony Coombes Photography (DH51600k)

Hastings United say their astonishing FA Cup exploits remain surreal.

Even a week on from their penalty shoot-out victory over Harrogate Town set up a third round trip to Middlesbrough, there is still plenty of pinching going on at The Pilot Field.

United player-manager Sean Ray said: “It’s still surreal at the minute. It’s different to what we’re used to, but we’ve got to enjoy these occasions.”

Club chairman Dave Walters added: “I suppose it probably has sunk in now, but it’s all very surreal.”

United are the first Ryman League club to reach round three since 2004-05 when Yeading lost 2-0 to Newcastle United in a home tie switched to QPR.

Their exploits have attracted a lot of interest from the national media. The Sun newspaper is going to do a story on goalkeeper Matt Armstrong-Ford and a photographer from The Daily Mail will join the squad on the coach to the ground.

 

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