Hastings host Guernsey in FA Cup

Tom O'Connor is unlikely to be part of Hastings United's squad having been struggling with injury of late. Picture by Terry S. Blackman
Tom O'Connor is unlikely to be part of Hastings United's squad having been struggling with injury of late. Picture by Terry S. Blackman
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Hastings United host Guernsey in a potentially fascinating FA Cup first round qualifying tie today (Saturday).

United manager John Maggs watched Guernsey win 3-0 at Burgess Hill Town on Wednesday to go ninth in Ryman Football League Division One South, five places and three points behind United having played an extra game.

Before that match, he said: “I would think we’ve got a difficult game on our hands and we will need to be on the money to get a result.”

Jamie Crone is due to return from holiday this evening and should make the squad, as will Bailo Camara having trained on Tuesday. Tom Gilbert is doubtful having not trained this week, while Tom O’Connor is unlikely to be fit. Sean Ray hadn’t trained as of the middle of this week.

Elsewhere today, Rye United will play their first home match of the Sussex County League Division One season against Lingfield. Rye are third in the table with 10 points from five games and have won their last three league matches.

Little Common will be eager to end a run of three straight defeats in all competitions when they welcome AFC Uckfield to the Recreation Ground in Division Two.

Bexhill United will be looking to make it five games without defeat as they travel to Loxwood in the same division, while Westfield will be targeting their first victory of the Division Two campaign at Oakwood.

TODAY’S FOOTBALL FIXTURES

(Kick-off 3pm)

FA Cup, 1st round qualifying: Hastings Utd v Guernsey.

Sussex County League, Division 1: Rye Utd v Lingfield.

Division 2: Little Common v AFC Uckfield; Loxwood v Bexhill Utd; Oakwood v Westfield.

Sussex Intermediate Cup, 1st round: Bexhill Utd III v Lancing II; Haywards Heath Town II v Peche Hill Select.

ADA East Sussex League, Premier Division: Hollington Utd v Ticehurst; Hooe Sports v Rock-a-Nore; Iden v Ore Athletic; St Leonards Social v Robertsbridge Utd.

Division 1: Bexhill AAC v Sandhurst; Eastbourne Albert v Battle Baptists; Mountfield Utd v Sedlescombe Rangers; Orington v Hollington Utd II.

Division 2: Catsfield v JC Tackleway; Crowhurst v Little Chelsea; Hawkhurst Utd v Eastbourne Rangers; Wadhurst Utd v Ninfield Utd II; Wittersham v Windsor.

Division 3: Conquest Utd v AFC Hastings; Eastbourne Athletic v Punnetts Town; Herstmonceux II v Old Hastonians; Northiam 75 v Pebsham Sibex; Rock-a-Nore II v Bexhill Utd III.

Division 4: Bexhill-On-Sea v Mayfield; FC Bexhill v Burwash; Peasmarsh Utd v Peche Hill Select II; Sovereign Saints v Bexhill AAC II; St Leonards Social II v Westfield III; West Hill Utd v Iden II.

Division 5: Battle Baptists II v Herstmonceux III; Bexhill Rovers v Icklesham Casuals II; Magham Down v Little Common III; Sedlescombe Rangers II v Hailsham Athletico; Ticehurst II v Wittersham II; Victoria Baptists v Grasshoppers Old Boys.

Division 6: Battle Baptists III v FC Westridge; Hampden Park Utd v Orington II; Robertsbridge Utd II v Parkfield; Sedlescombe Rangers III v Hawkhurst Utd II; JC Tackleway II v Catsfield II.