Hastings match off

Hastings United's game at home to Hythe Town has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch
Hastings United's game at home to Hythe Town has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch

Hastings United’s match at home to Hythe Town this afternoon (New Year’s Day) has been postponed.

The Ryman Football League Division One South contest has been called-off by the match referee due to a waterlogged pitch despite the sterling efforts of groundsman Simon Rudkins and his band of helpers.

The excellent Pilot Field playing surface was playable earlier today, but the latest band of heavy rain and strong winds which arrived late in the morning have resulted in another postponement.

United certainly aren’t the only ones affected by the weather because just about every other game involving clubs in Sussex today has been called-off, including Crawley Town’s trip to Swindon Town in League One.

The fixtures are already stacking up for United. They have midweek matches lined-up for every week in January and the first half of February, and have yet to reach the midway point in their league programme.

Hastings United’s upcoming fixtures (league unless stated): January 4 Redhill (a), January 7 Whitstable Town (a), January 11 Peacehaven & Telscombe (h), January 13 Chipstead (h), January 18 Crawley Down Gatwick (a), January 20 Herne Bay (h), January 25 Leatherhead (a), January 27 Burgess Hill Town (h) Sussex Senior Cup 3rd round, February 1 Faversham Town (h), February 3 Walton & Hersham (h), February 8 Sittingbourne (a), February 11 Folkestone Invicta (a), February 15 Merstham (h).