Heartache for luckless Hastings

Hastings United manager Jason Hopkinson
Hastings United manager Jason Hopkinson

Hastings United suffered an agonising defeat for the second successive Tuesday night.

The U’s conceded two late goals to go down 2-1 at home to play-off hopefuls Kingstonian in the Premier Division of the Ryman Football League.

Both sides hit the post during a goalless first half before George Porter gave Hastings the lead on the hour when he intercepted a back pass and rounded the goalkeeper.

Kingstonian equalised in the 88th minute as Mo Harkin’s intended cross sailed straight in, but Hastings thought they should have been awarded a penalty in the third minute of added time when Porter went down in the box.

Nothing was given, though, and to make matters worse, Kingstonian were given a spot-kick in the seventh additional minute for handball by Sean Ray. Bobby Traynor tucked it away to steal the points for the visitors.

Hastings (4-5-1): Barton; Rowe, Ray, Jirbandey, Storrie; Adams, Olorunda, Carey, Eldridge (Hall 73), Billings; Porter. Subs not used: Pogue, Manning, Sutton, Chalmers-Stevens.

Ryman Premier bottom six (played-points): Horsham 35-33, HASTINGS UNITED 35-32, Aveley 33-27, Folkestone Invicta 33-26, Croydon Athletic 34-25, Maidstone United 35-22.

A full report will appear in Friday’s Hastings Observer.

LAST NIGHT’S OTHER RESULT

Sussex County League, Division 1: SIDLEY UNITED 0 Three Bridges 1.

More to follow.