United miss out in relegation battle

HASTINGS United's relegation worries intensified with a 2-1 defeat at fellow strugglers Grantham Town.

United fluffed a hatful of chances with new signing Rob Collins the chief culprit.

The ex-Crawley striker raced clear of the Grantham defence on 21 minutes but scuffed his finish wide. The miss was made to look even worse just a couple of minutes later when the home side took the lead through Stuart Wilson.

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Collins had another great opportunity early in the second half, hitting the post from six yards. United struck the woodwork for a second time when Landry Zahana-Oni's header came back off the crossbar and bounced down in front of the goalline.

Grantham doubled their advantage on 68 minutes when Jon Hawley converted a penalty awarded for a foul on Gary Bull by keeper Dave King.

United pulled a goal back late on when Joel Bevis fired home but they were unable to make any more headway.