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Hastings United Preview

Technically, we are still in the play-off race as local East Sussex rivals arrive at The Dripping Pan for a Bank Holiday feast of football.  A win by 25 goals, followed up with United’s defeat at the hands of Chipstead and our win at Chatham United (not forgetting Carshalton Athletic losing both games) and we are home and dry.  OK, so it’s a long shot.

Few of the magnificent Rooks supporters  who went to Carshalton Athletic will have got the bitter taste of that defeat out of their mouths, despite the wares of the Easter Bunny.  However, there’s no good in dwelling on the manner of the defeat and Darren Freeman knows his side will have to pull out another special performance from the hat to get revenge on Hastings United for the Boxing Day defeat.

The good news is that Matthew George is back from suspension and will be a welcome return into the squad.  Lloyd Cotton’s red card doesn’t kick in until next Saturday so he is free to play, whilst George Landais is back from his loan spell and is also ready for a return to the first team squad.

Our last six games

Lewes                W 2 D 1 L 3 GS 12 GA 8 Pts 7

Hastings United W 4 D 1 L 1 GS 15 GA 5 Pts 13

After the last day of the season home defeat 12 months ago and falling out of an almost certain Play-off spot, Hastings are hoping that they’ve got enough in the bank to make sure of a spot this season.  They’ve scored a remarkable 121 league goals this season, the most in the league but they’ve also been guilty of a few shock defeats, none more so than at Godalming Town two weeks ago.  They bounced back with emphatic wins on the road, beating Cray Wanderers 4-1 and South Park 5-1 before another surprise result, a 1-1 home draw with Walton Casuals on Saturday.  Frannie Collins is the big danger up front with 27 goals so far this term.  Former Rooks Sam Cole and Ollie Rowe have played their part in United’s success this season.

Kick off at The Pan is 3pm.