United begin bid to start climbing table
New signing Kiernan Hughes-Mason is set to go straight into Hastings United Football Club's squad for the trip to Chatham Town today (Saturday).
United completed the signing of the 25-year-old from Walton Casuals yesterday and will be hoping the winger/striker can help their quest to start climbing the Ryman Football League Division One South table.
Darren Hare's side is down in 14th place at present, but has between two and six games in hand on every other club in the division. United are currently 11 points outside the play-off spots.
A victory will be the clear objective today against a Chatham side which lies third-from-bottom having picked up nine less points than United from six more matches.
Stephen Butcher (hamstring) is still a week or two from fitness, while Sam Cole has still got a bit of swelling on his knee and is likely therefore to be out for a while longer.
All of United's last three games and five of their last six have been in the various cup competitions, but they are now free to focus solely on their quest for promotion in the league.
Elsewhere today, Bexhill United are away to Seaford Town and Little Common will travel to Southwick in Macron Store Southern Combination Football League Division One.
And Westfield will be back in action away to fellow high-flyers Sidlesham in Southern Combination Football League Division Two. That match will kick-off at 2pm, while the other three mentioned will start at 3pm.
TODAY'S FOOTBALL FIXTURESRYMAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE Division 1 SouthChatham Town v Hastings United (3pm)MACRON STORE SOUTHERN COMBINATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE Division 1 (3pm)Seaford Town v Bexhill UnitedSouthwick v Little CommonDivision 2Sidlesham v Westfield (2pm)MACRON EAST SUSSEX FOOTBALL LEAGUE (2pm)Premier DivisionEastbourne Rangers v Hollington UnitedOld Hastonians v Hawkhurst UnitedSedlescombe Rangers v Rock-a-NoreSidley United v Battle BaptistsSt Leonards Social v Ore AthleticWestfield II v Robertsbridge UnitedDivision 1Herstmonceux v Wadhurst UnitedLittle Common II v The JC TacklewayDivision 2Hastings Athletic v Eastbourne AthleticPeche Hill Select v Bexhill AACDivision 3Bexhill United II v Battle Baptists IIHollington United II v OringtonPunnetts Town v CatsfieldDivision 4Bexhill AAC II v Mayfield IIHawkhurst United II v Sovereign SaintsParkfield v West Hill UnitedThe JC Tackleway II v SandhurstVictoria Baptists v Magham DownDivision 5Battle Baptists III v Hampden ParkBexhill Spartans v Sedlescombe Rangers IIICranbrook Town v Bexhill BroncosIcklesham Casuals II v Wittersham IIWest Hill United II v Northiam 75 IIHASTINGS & DISTRICT FA JUNIOR CUP 2nd round (1.30pm)Bexhill Rovers v TicehurstBexhill Town v Westfield IIIBurwash v Icklesham CasualsCrowhurst v Hastings RangersNorthiam 75 v Sedlescombe Rangers IIPebsham Sibex v Rye Town
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