U’s sink Cray to end winless run

Hastings United finally ended their three-and-a-half month search for a league victory this afternoon (Saturday).

The U’s ran out 3-0 winners away to Cray Wanderers in the Ryman Football League Premier Division thanks to goals from Zac Attwood, Lee Carey and Bailo Camara, although they remain third-from-bottom.

It took United just 71 seconds to open their account as Elvis Hammond’s first touch for the club released Attwood for a cultured finish. Carey doubled their advantage in the 33rd minute with a 20-yard free kick awarded for a foul on Hammond.

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Camara made sure of the points in the 81st minute, racing clear down the left and scoring at the second attempt. It was a very decent performance and a deserved win for United, with new loan signing Hammond enjoying an impressive debut.

United: East, Cox, Richardson, Carey, Ray, Judge, Crellin, Adams, Hammond, Attwood, Camara. Subs: Vickers, Okojie, Ellis, Murphy.

Ryman Premier standings (played-points): 1 Whitehawk 29-59, 2 Wealdstone 27-50, 3 Canvey Island 28-47, 4 Lowestoft Town 23-44, 5 Concord Rangers 24-44, 6 Metropolitan Police 26-44, 7 Kingstonian 26-43, 8 Margate 26-42, 9 Bury Town 28-41, 10 Bognor Regis Town 28-39, 11 Leiston 27-38, 12 Hendon 27-38, 13 Hampton & Richmond 24-34, 14 East Thurrock United 25-33, 15 Enfield Town 28-29, 16 Lewes 30-29, 17 Cray Wanderers 28-29, 18 Wingate & Finchley 29-28, 19 Harrow Borough 27-26, 20 HASTINGS UNITED 26-25, 21 Carshalton Athletic 30-22, 22 Thurrock 22-21.

Today’s other senior results:

Sussex County League, Division 1: RYE UNITED 3 Worthing United 0; SIDLEY UNITED 2 Pagham 0.

Division 2: BEXHILL UNITED 1 Rustington 1; WESTFIELD 1 Midhurst & Easebourne 0.

Division 2 Challenge Cup quarter-final: Littlehampton Town 3 LITTLE COMMON 1.