Tough September awaits United

Sam Cole celebrates after putting Hastings United ahead against Walton Casuals on Monday. Picture courtesy Scott White

Sam Cole celebrates after putting Hastings United ahead against Walton Casuals on Monday. Picture courtesy Scott White

  • Hastings United kick-off September at home to Carshalton Athletic today
  • Trips to the top two to come later in the month
  • United in fifth place with 12 points from a possible 18
  • Okoh suffers recurrence of knee problem
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Garry Wilson says it’s been a good August for Hastings United Football Club, but warns a tough September lies ahead.

The U’s have won six of their eight matches so far this season in all competitions, including four out of six in Ryman Football League Division One South.

We’ve got off to a good start, but it’s only a start and this is a tough month.

Garry Wilson

The games will continue to come thick and fast this month, with seven scheduled in total, including trips to leaders Folkestone Invicta and second-placed Dorking Wanderers.

“We’ve got to be pleased with the first month,” said United manager Wilson. “We’ve got off to a good start, but it’s only a start and this is a tough month.”

United are fifth in the table at present and bearing in mind some of those upcoming fixtures, Wilson says they really need to try and pick up three points at home to 19th-placed Carshalton Athletic tomorrow (Saturday).

After that they will head to Folkestone on Tuesday night, eager to atone for the 4-1 defeat at home to the same opponents just a fortnight previously.

“It will be a different game, different challenge and I don’t think we will be as open in the next game,” added Wilson.

Stephen Okoh has suffered a recurrence of a knee problem.

TODAY’S FOOTBALL FIXTURES

(Kick-off 3pm)

Ryman League, Division 1 South: Hastings Utd v Carshalton Athletic.

FA Vase, 1st round qualifying: Bexhill Utd v AFC Croydon Athletic (at Hailsham Town FC); Haywards Heath Town v Little Common.

Macron Store Southern Combination League,

Division 2: AFC Roffey Club v Westfield.

Reserve Section (East): Westfield v Lingfield.

Macron East Sussex League, Premier Division: Battle Baptists v St Leonards Social; Hawkhurst Utd v Mountfield Utd; Hollington Utd v Peche Hill Select; Ore Athletic v Rock-a-Nore; Sedlescombe Rangers v Robertsbridge Utd.

Division 1: Old Hastonians v Hollington Utd II; Sovereign Saints v AFC Hastings; The JC Tackleway v Eastbourne Rangers; Ticehurst v Sidley Utd.

Division 2: Bexhill AAC v Icklesham Casuals; Catsfield v Peche Hill Select II; Eastbourne Athletic v Peasmarsh Utd; Hastings Rangers v Little Common III; Northiam 75 v Herstmonceux.

Division 3: Burwash v Herstmonceux II; Hooe Sports v Bexhill Utd II; Mayfield v Sedlescombe Rangers II; West Hill Utd v Orington.

Division 4: Bexhill Rovers v Hawkhurst Utd II; Conquest Utd v Victoria Baptists; Grasshoppers Old Boys v The JC Tackleway II; Hailsham Athletico v Battle Baptists II; Punnetts Town v Bexhill AAC II.

Division 5: Battle Baptists III v FC Westridge; Hampden Park Utd v Sandhurst; Magham Down v St Leonards; Sedlescombe Rangers III v Robertsbridge Utd II.

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