Judge plumps for United

Ben Judge playing for Crawley Town in 2007
Ben Judge playing for Crawley Town in 2007

Ben Judge has agreed to sign for Hastings United, reports the football club’s website.

United, who lie second-from-bottom of the Ryman Football League Premier Division despite reaching the FA Cup third round, have this week been tracking the 35-year-old defender and it seems as though they’ve got their man.

Player-manager Sean Ray wrote on www.hastingsunitedfc.co.uk: “We are delighted to announce that experienced defender Ben Judge has agreed to sign for United, following his release from Tonbridge Angels.

“Having spoken to Ben a few times this week and after making him a firm offer, he has accepted the challenge of helping us try and climb up the Ryman League table. I am thrilled to be signing someone of Ben’s calibre and experience and he will be brilliant to have around the place.

“Ben has a wealth of experience from successful spells at Crawley Town, AFC Wimbledon and Tonbridge and he will help our young squad with his knowledge and advice. There were a few clubs interested in Ben, so I consider it a coup to have got him here.

“We have a few injuries at present, notably to Scott Manning and Matt Whitehead, and with my own suspension imminent, he comes in at the ideal time for us and will be a leader and presence out on the pitch. I hope you will all give Ben a warm welcome to our club and are as happy as I am with this great signing.”

It’s been a busy week of transfer activity at The Pilot Field because the U’s have brought in Aldershot Town youngsters Rory Murphy and Reece Beccles-Richards on work experience, while striker Adrian Stone has returned to the club from Faversham Town.

United’s scheduled visit from bottom-of-the-table Carshalton Athletic tomorrow (Saturday) has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.