Hastings hoping for plum draw in FA Cup

Elliott Cox tangles with Kevin Gibbens during Hastings' 3-0 win over Blackfield & Langley dh43303c
Elliott Cox tangles with Kevin Gibbens during Hastings' 3-0 win over Blackfield & Langley dh43303c

HASTINGS United will be number 69 in today’s draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup.

The U’s booked their place with a comfortable 3-0 win at home to Blackfield & Langley through goals from Zac Attwood, Bradley Goldberg and Sean Ray.

Other numbers to look out for include Coventry City (15), Crawley Town (16), Gillingham (22), Portsmouth (33), Sheffield United (38) and Swindon Town (42).

Stevenage - the team Hastings played the last time they got this far in the competition 10 years ago - are number 41.

Hastings’ Ryman Premier colleagues Metropolitan Police and Hendon are 64 and 79 respectively.

Hastings player-boss Ray admitted a trip to Bramall Lane to play Sheffield United “would be nice”, before adding: “If we draw someone like Met Police, home or away, we would be fairly disappointed.

“We deserve to have a big side and that’s what we are all hoping for because that’s what you are in the FA Cup for.”

The draw will be made by Earl Barrett and Sean Dyche at Wembley Stadium from 1.30pm.