Hastings United suffered a 4-0 defeat away to Concord Rangers this afternoon (Saturday) and lost leading scorer Bradley Goldberg to injury.
United’s third successive away loss without scoring in the Ryman Football League Premier Division has dropped them to third-from-bottom and they are still without a league victory since November 6.
Goldberg went off with an ankle injury around the half-hour mark when the game was still goalless, and Concord took command with two goals in the final five minutes or so of the opening half.
Tony Stokes opened the scoring with a penalty conceded by debutant United goalkeeper Daniel East, signed on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion this week, and Jason Hallett made it 2-0 just before the break.
Hallett added another seconds after the restart to effectively put the result beyond doubt and Leon Gordon rounded-off the scoring as Canvey Island-based Concord moved up to second. United also gave a debut to forward Mikel Suarez.
United: East, Cox, Whitehead, Carey, Ray, Judge, Crellin, Okojie, Attwood, Suarez, Goldberg. Subs: Richardson, Bachellier, Ellis, Winchester.
Today’s other Ryman Premier results: Bognor Regis Town 0 Kingstonian 1; Bury Town 0 Hampton & Richmond Borough 1; Carshalton Athletic 1 Hendon 2; Cray Wanderers P Canvey Island P; East Thurrock United P Harrow Borough P; Leiston P Met Police P; Thurrock P Enfield Town P; Wealdstone P Lowestoft Town P; Whitehawk 3 Lewes 1; Wingate & Finchley 1 Margate 0.
Standings (played-points): 1 Whitehawk 24-52, 2 Concord Rangers 22-41, 3 Wealdstone 22-40, 4 Kingstonian 22-39, 5 Canvey Island 23-38, 6 Bognor Regis Town 24-38, 7 Margate 21-36, 8 Bury Town 23-35, 9 Lowestoft Town 18-33, 10 Hampton & Richmond Borough 21-32, 11 Metropolitan Police 20-29, 12 East Thurrock United 20-27, 13 Hendon 22-27, 14 Lewes 25-26, 15 Leiston 22-26, 16 Cray Wanderers 24-26, 17 Wingate & Finchley 24-24, 18 Enfield Town 23-21, 19 Harrow Borough 24-20, 20 HASTINGS UNITED 22-20, 21 Thurrock 18-19, 22 Carshalton Athletic 26-19.