Kane targets home improvement

Action from Hastings United's 3-1 victory away to East Grinstead Town in October's reverse fixture. Picture courtesy Joe Knight
Action from Hastings United's 3-1 victory away to East Grinstead Town in October's reverse fixture. Picture courtesy Joe Knight

New Hastings United Football Club manager Nigel Kane is determined to give The Pilot Field faithful something to cheer.

Although United have won more away games than anyone outside the top nine in Ryman Football League Division One South, no team in the division has won fewer home matches.

East Grinstead Town will provide the opposition in Kane’s first home fixture since taking charge today (Saturday). Kick-off at The Pilot Field is 3pm.

Speaking to United’s programme co-editor Liam Willis, Kane said: “We’ve performed better away from home all season. We’ve only won two games at home and we’ve got to address that as soon as possible, starting on Saturday against East Grinstead.

“It’s fine margins. We’ve lost games that we should’ve drawn and we’ve drawn games we definitely should’ve won. We’ve got to change those fine margins so they start going in our favour.”

Although United were 3-1 winners in October’s reverse fixture, 19th-placed Grinstead are in much better form now than they were then having won their last three and four of their last five league encounters.

Kane is hoping the 2-1 win away to bottom club Horsham on Wednesday night - when Evan Archibald scored an added time winner - will inject a bit of confidence into United’s squad.

TODAY’S FOOTBALL FIXTURES

(Kick-off 3pm unless stated)


Ryman League, Division 1 South: Hastings Utd v East Grinstead Town.

Macron Store Sussex County League, Division 2: Little Common v Haywards Heath Town; Midhurst & Easebourne v Bexhill Utd 2; Steyning Town v Westfield.

Reserve Section Challenge Cup, 2nd round (1.30): Westfield v Eastbourne Utd AFC.

Reserve Section (East): Bexhill Utd v Seaford Town; Hailsham Town v Little Common.

Sussex Bluefin Junior Cup, 4th round (1.30): AFC Hastings v Yapton II; Herstmonceux v Rogate; Montpelier Villa II v Crowhurst; Newtown Villa II v Little Common III; Ticehurst v Nutley.

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

Division 1: Icklesham Casuals v Hollington Utd II; Mountfield Utd v Hawkhurst Utd; Sandhurst v Little Chelsea; Wadhurst Utd v Bexhill AAC.

Division 2: Catsfield v Old Hastonians; Eastbourne Rangers v Pebsham Sibex; JC Tackleway v Northiam 75.

Division 3: Bexhill-On-Sea v Visick; Hastings Rangers v Sovereign Saints; Hooe Sports v Peche Hill Select II; Ninfield Utd II v Herstmonceux II.

Division 4: Bexhill Rovers v Bexhill AAC II; Burwash v Westfield III; Conquest Utd v Peasmarsh Utd; St Leonards Social II v West Hill Utd.

Division 5: AFC St Leonards v Parkfield; Grasshoppers Old Boys v Battle Baptists II; Hailsham Athletico v JC Tackleway II; Sedlescombe Rangers II v Mayfield; Victoria Baptists v Ticehurst II; Wittersham II v Magham Down.

Division 6: Battle Baptists III v FC Westridge; Hampden Park Utd v Sandhurst II; Hawkhurst Utd II v Robertsbridge Utd II; Orington v Icklesham Casuals II; Sedlescombe Rangers III v Punnetts Town II.