Hastings celebrate another cup victory

Sam Cole and Billy Medlock were both on target for Hastings United in their 3-2 win away to Wroxham this afternoon. Picture courtesy Joe Knight
Sam Cole and Billy Medlock were both on target for Hastings United in their 3-2 win away to Wroxham this afternoon. Picture courtesy Joe Knight
  • Hastings United win 3-2 away to Wroxham in FA Trophy
  • Goals from Cumming-Bart, Medlock and Cole overturn half time deficit
  • United will visit Chipstead in first round qualifying on October 31
  • U’s are unbeaten in six cup matches so far this season

Hastings United Football Club’s excellent record in the cup competitions this season continued with another victory this afternoon (Saturday).

The U’s overturned a half time deficit to win 3-2 away to Wroxham in the FA Trophy preliminary round and they are now unbeaten in six cup ties so far this term.

United were 1-0 down at the break, but goals from Chris Cumming-Bart, Billy Medlock and Sam Cole put them 3-1 up before Wroxham pulled one back towards the end.

It means United will travel to Chipstead - who are bottom of Ryman Football League Division One South and lost 6-0 to United on the opening day of the season - in first round qualifying on Saturday October 31.

With no Zac Attwood, Cumming-Bart made his first United start since his recent move from Bexhill United in the only change from the starting line-up during the midweek FA Cup replay win over Herne Bay.

In a clash between the teams lying 15th in Ryman Division One North and South, Wroxham took a fifth minute lead through David Hinton and that was how it remained at half time even though Medlock struck the home crossbar with a free kick.

After Medlock’s header was superbly saved by Elliott Pride, United equalised in the 55th minute when Cumming-Bart turned and fired past the Wroxham goalkeeper.

Cumming-Bart went from scorer to provider as he squared for Medlock to tap home United’s second goal in the 71st minute. Eight minutes later it was 3-1 as Cole converted a penalty for the second successive game.

Wroxham pulled one back with a penalty of their own in the 84th minute, tucked away by Jamie Forshaw, but United saw the game out to make the approximately 170-mile trip to the heart of Norfolk thoroughly worthwhile.

United: Pelling, Crabb, Hall, Rowe, Vickers, Cruttwell, Medlock, Adams (Hollobone), Cumming-Bart, Harris (Richardson-Brown), Cole. Subs not used: Temba, Ray, Rose. Attendance: 112.

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