United boss refusing to panic

Hastings United striker Evan Archibald goes up for a header during the 2-0 defeat at home to Corinthian-Casuals on Monday night. Picture courtesy Joe Knight
Hastings United striker Evan Archibald goes up for a header during the 2-0 defeat at home to Corinthian-Casuals on Monday night. Picture courtesy Joe Knight
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Hastings United manager Nigel Kane is not panicking despite the football club’s increasingly concerning league position.

United sit 20th in Ryman League Division One South and are four points above the relegation places.

Three teams are due to go down, although invariably in the past at least one has received a reprieve from the drop. Last season two clubs were demoted.

United’s only wins since Christmas have come against the bottom two, but Kane believes his side is not in trouble.

He said: “There are still 30 points to play for. Out of the 10 games we have left, seven are against opposition in the bottom half of the table and six of them are away games. We play better away from home.

“We need to make ourselves difficult to beat and scrap for every point, but I’m not panicking.”

United striker Evan Archibald has decided to remain at the club despite an approach from fellow strugglers Horsham.

The 29-year-old has scored more goals than any other United player since Kane took charge early last month, including an added time winner at Horsham.

* THE Hastings United FC Supporters’ Club is holding a quiz at The Pilot Field clubhouse tonight from 7.30pm.