Di Paola expects physical test

Sam Adams on the ball for Hastings United during their 3-1 victory away to East Grinstead Town on Tuesday night. Picture courtesy Joe Knight
Sam Adams on the ball for Hastings United during their 3-1 victory away to East Grinstead Town on Tuesday night. Picture courtesy Joe Knight
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Hastings United manager Dom Di Paola is expecting his most physical test so far today (Sunday).

The U’s are away to Cray Wanderers in an FA Trophy first round qualifying tie to be played at Bromley FC. Kick-off is 3pm.

He said: “It will be a different game, the most physical of the three games we’ve played so far. They’re quite a big, physical side and they’ll look to deliver from everywhere. It will probably be a bit of a battle at times.

“They’ve got one or two talented players, but it’s definitely winnable. If we can take the positives out of the East Grinstead and Guernsey games, and some progression from there, we stand a chance.”

United are 18th in Ryman Football League Division One South with 18 points from 15 games, while Cray are 22nd in Division One North with 12 points from 16 matches.

If today’s game ends in a draw, a replay will take place at The Pilot Field on Tuesday night. United have won three and lost three of their six away games in the league so far, as well as winning two and losing one in the FA Cup.