More joy for Hastings

Hastings United match-winner Josh Jirbandey
Hastings United match-winner Josh Jirbandey

The feelgood factor sweeping over Hastings United at present continued with an improbable victory tonight (Tuesday).

United came from behind with 10 men to win 3-2 at home to Enfield Town in their first Ryman Football League Premier Division home fixture since the opening day of September.

Zac Attwood, the hero of Saturday’s FA Cup win at Bishop’s Stortford, gave the U’s a half time lead by sweeping home Bailo Camara’s pull-back in the 45th minute.

But Enfield equalised less than two minutes into the second period through a lovely solo goal by Tyler Campbell, who then laid on the visitors’ second for Lee White at the end of a slick 58th minute counter-attack.

United substitute Tom Vickers was shown a straight red card with around 20 minutes remaining following a clash just outside the away penalty area with Enfield captain Mark Kirby, who was booked.

Attwood did brilliantly to beat two players on the right and present Camara with a simple tap in for the 80th minute equaliser and Josh Jirbandey won it five minutes later with a delightful curler from the edge of the D.

See Friday’s Hastings Observer for a full report and reaction.

United (4-3-3): Armstrong-Ford; Dixon, Ray, Jirbandey, Whitehead; Okojie, Manning, Carey; Camara (Crellin 89), Attwood, Goldberg (Vickers 55). Subs not used: Ellis, Richardson, Cox.

Standings (played-points): 1 Hampton & Richmond 12-24, 2 Whitehawk 11-23, 3 Wealdstone 11-22, 4 Kingstonian 11-20, 5 Margate 12-20, 6 Bognor Regis Town 12-19, 7 Lowestoft Town 9-16, 8 Canvey Island 12-16, 9 Bury Town 9-15, 10 Concord Rangers 11-15, 11 Cray Wanderers 10-13, 12 Wingate & Finchley 12-13, 13 Harrow Borough 11-12, 14 East Thurrock United 9-11, 15 HASTINGS UNITED 9-11, 16 Lewes 11-11, 17 Enfield Town 11-11, 18 Met Police 8-10, 19 Carshalton Athletic 11-9, 20 Leiston 11-8, 21 Hendon 8-7, 22 Thurrock 9-5.