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new-look Hastings United programme for only £2 and including an exclusive interview with United winger Taser Hassan (pictured above), son of Hollywood actor Tamer.

Hastings United action round-up

Yes, the footie season is back again and HOT’s famous reporter Liam Willis starts with a round-up of the action from the last six games, including new signings.

Hastings United’s second Ryman League South campaign initially got off to a perfect start after a good pre-season, a  2-0 opening day win at Walton Casuals with goals courtesy of Ronnie Dolan and Ade Olorunda sealed it for United.

Sean Ray

Terry White had signed many new faces and signed familiar faces during the summer and tested them out over pre-season. Welcome back to former U’s striker Ade Olorunda, Ronnie Dolan, Sean Ray and a welcome to the Pilot Field to Richard Rose, Jahmahl King, Dave Cook, Bright Temba, Bryce Masters, Ollie Bankole and Jordan Johnson.

The 2-0 opening day win was followed by a 1-1 draw against Kent rivals Whitstable, in the U’s first home game of the season and the goal coming from Frankie Sawyer. In an interview with Frankie Sawyer, he stated “30 goals is always a mark for me, and that’s what I’ll be aiming for this season”.

Josh Pelling awarded 'player of the year'

United’s second home game of the season came five days later against Chipstead. The U’s struggled to get a foothold in the game and poor defending forced Pelling off his line and consequently lobbed to give the visitors the only goal of the game.

An away trip to Surrey side, Redhill, followed United’s defeat, and Sawyer doubled his tally for the season, however this was after Redhill had already scored two (one a penalty), and then poor defending allowed Redhill to get in behind the defence and seal a comfortable 3-1 against a poor United side.

On the back of two defeats, the U’s travelled to Burgess Hill Town, seemingly with a point to prove. Sam Adams got on the scoresheet, but so did four of the Burgess Hill players as they romped home with a 4-1 win, leaving the U’s team scratching their heads and  the United supporters extremely frustrated.

Monday 25 August, August, Hythe Town travelled to the Pilot Field and when Dave Cook gave United the lead after nearly half an hour; the U’s were in full control. Sawyer nearly doubled the lead as United battered the Kent side. But before the break and against the run of play, defender Jack Sullivan equalised for Town in stoppage time at the end of the first half.

Jamahl King

The usual Bank Holiday rain lashed it down for the entirety for the game, which made the second half particularly tricky. United were awarded a spot kick after an hour when Ade Olorunda went down from Walker’s challenge. Frankie Sawyer dispatched the penalty with ease, getting this third of the season. Towards the end of the game, it got a little hairy at moments for United, with Hythe clearly dominating, but the U’s were thankful when the referee blew the whistle, giving United a much needed win.

United’s first FA Cup game in the preliminary round was a trip to the Oval, home of Eastbourne United Association. United went 2-0 after half an hour due to some shocking defensive errors, but goals from Ade Olorunda and Frankie Sawyer

Ade Olorunda

levelled things for United just before the break. Half time seemingly came too early for the U’s as they went in well on top. After half time, the game was much more equal, but a Sam Cruttwell throw rebounded to Dave Cook, who lashed home to give United a 3-2 win. The U’s will travel away to Whyteleafe on 13 September for the First Qualifying Round.

United are at home this Saturday 6th to Worthing and also this Monday 8 September to Merstham. You can purchase the new-look Hastings United programme for only £2, including an exclusive interview with United winger Taser Hassan, son of Hollywood actor Tamer.

Liam Willis is also Hastings United Programme Co-Editor


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Posted 15:30 Thursday, Sep 4, 2014 In: Sport

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