U’s recover to clinch key victory

Hastings United picked up a vital victory in their battle against relegation today (Saturday).

The U’s are now four points above the bottom four in the Ryman Football League Premier Division after coming from behind to win 2-1 at bottom club Horsham.

United got off to the worst possible start when Calum McGeehan put Horsham in front following a third minute corner, but the visitors began to get well on top half as the first half progressed.

While United goalkeeper Matt Armstrong-Ford pulled off one good save, his opposite number denied Josh Jirbandey and Jack Dixon, and Zac Attwood, Tamer Tuna and Ben Davisson spurned decent chances.

United finally equalised after half-an-hour through Tuna after good work by Attwood and Tuna went from scorer to provider by teeing up Danny Ellis for what turned out to be the winner in the 44th minute.

The second half was less eventful than the first in continuous rain, but United did enough to clinch a much-needed victory even if they made harder work of it than they would have liked.

United: Armstrong-Ford, Dixon, Whitehead, Carey, Ray, Jirbandey, Ellis, Gonsalves, Tuna, Attwood, Davisson. Subs: Manning, Sutton, Barham, Willer.

A full report will appear in Friday’s Hastings Observer.

Standings (played-points): 1 Billericay Town 30-62, 2 AFC Hornchurch 28-57, 3 Lowestoft Town 27-55, 4 Cray Wanderers 29-51, 5 Hendon 30-50, 6 Bury Town 28-47, 7 Lewes 29-46, 8 Wealdstone 28-44, 9 Canvey Island 29-43, 10 Metropolitan Police 26-42, 11 Kingstonian 29-42, 12 Margate 27-41, 13 Concord Rangers 29-40, 14 East Thurrock United 25-34, 15 Carshalton Athletic 28-34, 16 Wingate & Finchley 27-33, 17 Harrow Borough 28-31, 18 HASTINGS UNITED 28-30, 19 Leatherhead 28-26, 20 Tooting & Mitcham United 29-26, 21 Aveley 29-18, 22 Horsham 29-11.