U’s aim to take flight in Guernsey

Hastings United celebrate one of their goals during the 4-1 win at home to Guernsey in October. Picture courtesy Joe Knight

Hastings United celebrate one of their goals during the 4-1 win at home to Guernsey in October. Picture courtesy Joe Knight

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A big improvement will be needed when Hastings United travel to Guernsey today (Saturday), kick-off 7.45pm.

The U’s plunged to a hugely disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to Corinthian-Casuals on Monday, which manager Nigel Kane described as “a major setback”.

United will be desperate to rediscover some form in the Channel Islands, but it will be a tough ask because ninth-placed Guernsey have won all of their last four Ryman Division One South home fixtures.

Ade Olorunda is expected to return after missing the Casuals game and Richard Rose should be fit, but Sam Adams remains unavailable until the visit from Sittingbourne next weekend. Fraser Logan is still struggling with a back injury.

Elsewhere today, Westfield and Little Common are due to be in Macron Store Sussex County Football League Division Two action and a full programme of Macron East Sussex Football League action is scheduled, but rain is forecast for today on top of everything which has fallen in the past nine days. News of any postponements will follow.

TODAY’S FOOTBALL FIXTURES

(Kick-off 3pm unless stated)

Ryman League, Division 1 South (7.45): Guernsey v Hastings Utd.

Macron Store Sussex County League, Division 2: Steyning Town v Westfield; Wick & Barnham Utd v Little Common.

Reserve Section (East): Lancing v Bexhill Utd; Little Common v Seaford Town; Westfield v Southwick 2.

National Christian Cup, 3rd round (1.30): Battle Baptists v Kings Sports.

Macron East Sussex League (2), Premier Division: Hollington Utd v St Leonards Social; Iden v Peche Hill Select; Ninfield Utd v Ore Athletic; Sedlescombe Rangers v Rock-a-Nore.

Division 1: Icklesham Casuals v Hollington Utd II; Mountfield Utd v Wadhurst Utd; Sidley Utd v Hawkhurst Utd.

Division 2: Catsfield v Wittersham; Crowhurst v Herstmonceux.

Division 3: Hastings Rangers v AFC Hastings; Peche Hill Select II v Hooe Sports; Visick v Ninfield Utd II.

Division 4: Bexhill Utd III v West Hill Utd; Little Common III v Peasmarsh Utd; St Leonards Social II v Bexhill AAC II; Westfield III v Bexhill Rovers.

Division 5: Magham Down v AFC St Leonards; Mayfield v Battle Baptists II; JC Tackleway II v Sedlescombe Rangers II; Wittersham II v Ticehurst II.

Division 6: Hawkhurst Utd II v Hampden Park Utd; Robertsbridge Utd II v Battle Baptists III; Sandhurst II v Icklesham Casuals II; Sedlescombe Rangers III v Orington.

Hastings & District FA Junior Cup quarter-finals (1.30): Pebsham Sibex v Bexhill AAC; Ticehurst v JC Tackleway.

Hastings & District FA Lower Divisions Cup quarter-final (1.30): FC Westridge v Burwash.

Eastbourne FA Junior Cup semi-final (1.30): Willingdon Athletic II v Punnetts Town II.