Hastings lose but Sidley win thriller

Hastings United’s interest in cup competitions is over for another season after their latest defeat on Tuesday night.

United’s miserable run of form continued when they were beaten 2-1 at home to lower grade Fleet Town in round four of the Ryman League Championship Manager Cup.

Fleet, who are 17th in Division One South, took a 17th minute lead following a mistake by Scott Chalmers-Stevens, but United, 18th in the Premier Division, levelled through a Harry Beautyman tap-in 10 minutes before half time.

The Hampshire-based visitors sealed their place in the quarter-finals, however, with a 73rd minute penalty awarded for a foul by Ben Davisson.

Elsewhere, Sidley United set up a plum third round tie at home to Brighton & Hove Albion reserves in the Sussex Senior Cup with a thrilling 4-2 victory at home to Arundel.

The visitors opened the scoring after 10 minutes, but despite Andy Hales having a penalty saved, Sidley were deservedly level at half time after Mark Chandler bundled in a Hales free kick.

Danny Spice headed home two more Hales free kicks either side of Chris Rea being sent-off to make it 3-1. Arundel pulled one back only to then have two players red carded and Terry Payne made sure with a late fourth.

The first ever midweek floodlit game at The Polegrove was also packed full of goals as the reserves of Bexhill United and Westfield fought out a 3-3 draw.

Rye United are due to take on Hailsham Town in a ‘home’ Sussex County League Division One fixture to be played at Hailsham tonight (Wednesday), although the wet weather must place it in doubt. Return here for updates.