Hastings set for Corinthian double

Billy Medlock celebrates his first goal in Hastings United's 2-0 win at home to Guernsey last weekend. Picture courtesy Scott White
Billy Medlock celebrates his first goal in Hastings United's 2-0 win at home to Guernsey last weekend. Picture courtesy Scott White
  • Hastings United to face Corinthian-Casuals twice in four days
  • First meeting is away from home this afternoon
  • United two points and two places outside play-offs with games in hand
  • Hastings have won five of last six matches
  • Casuals are three points and four places behind United

Hastings United’s footballers are preparing for back-to-back matches against the same opponents.

The U’s will face Corinthian-Casuals twice in the next four days. The away fixture is first up today (Saturday) followed by the return game at home on Tuesday (kick-off 7.45pm).

Casuals have tweeted this morning that the game will go ahead. The groundsman has looked at the pitch and it looks fine despite the heavy overnight rain.

“We’ve got two tough games coming up,” said United manager Garry Wilson. “Corinthian are a decent side and had a good run in the FA Trophy. I know one or two of their players and rate them quite highly.”

Five wins in their last six matches have lifted United up to seventh in Ryman League Division One South - just two points and two places outside the play-offs with between two and five games in hand on everybody else.

Casuals are also in contention for a play-off spot. They trail United by three points and four places having played two extra matches.

I know one or two of their players and rate them quite highly.

Garry Wilson

Wilson said it now looks unlikely that United will be signing the midfielder he was tracking last week, but he is still keen to strengthen.

He said: “What we’ve got I’m really happy with. The group’s really tight-knit at the moment and we have to be careful we don’t upset that. We just maybe need another body or two.”

United are running a coach to today’s match, departing The Pilot Field at 11.30am. The cost is £12 for adults, with a £2 discount for supporters’ club members, and £5 for under-18s. Call Dave Russell on 07970 332270 or email davidrussell881@hotmail.co.uk

TODAY’S FOOTBALL FIXTURES

(Kick-off 3pm unless stated)

Ryman League, Division 1 South: Corinthian-Casuals v Hastings Utd.

Macron Store Southern Combination League, Division 1: Bexhill Utd v Oakwood; Southwick v Little Common.

Division 2 (2): Westfield v AFC Varndeanians.

Sussex Bluefin Junior Cup, 4th round (1.30): Crowhurst P Upper Beeding II P.

Hastings & District FA Intermediate Cup quarter-final (1.30): Hollington Utd P Westfield II P.

Macron East Sussex League (2), Premier Division: Battle Baptists P Sedlescombe Rangers P; Robertsbridge Utd P Rock-a-Nore P; St Leonards Social P Peche Hill Select P.

Division 1: Eastbourne Rangers v Ticehurst; Wadhurst Utd v Sidley Utd.

Division 2: Eastbourne Athletic P Herstmonceux P; Hastings Rangers v Peasmarsh Utd; Little Common III P Northiam 75 P; Peche Hill Select II v Catsfield.

Division 3: Burwash v Mayfield; Hooe Sports v Pebsham Sibex; Westfield III v St Leonards Social II.

Division 4: Conquest Utd P Hailsham Athletico P; Grasshoppers Old Boys P Wittersham II P; Hawkhurst Utd II v Victoria Baptists; Punnetts Town P Bexhill Rovers P; The JC Tackleway II P Battle Baptists II P.

Division 5: Icklesham Casuals II P Battle Baptists III P; Magham Down v Sedlescombe Rangers III; Parkfield P Robertsbridge Utd II P.

Robertsbridge Charity Intermediate Cup, 2nd round (1.30): Bexhill AAC P The JC Tackleway P; Mountfield Utd v Hawkhurst Utd.

Robertsbridge Charity Junior Cup, 2nd round (1.30): Orington P Bexhill Utd II P; West Hill Utd P Bexhill AAC II P.

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