Tag: Harrogate Town

Hastings United’s Greatest Night & Marvellous Opportunity

It was an evening of football dramatic enough to be thoroughly fitting, when we consider what was at stake, for the occasion. A capacity crowd of just over 4,000 people was at The Pilot Field last night to see Hastings United of the Ryman League Premier Division play off against Harrogate Town of the Blue Square Bet North, and the relative underdogs from East Sussex eventually won through after a gripping – if somewhat unsophisticated – one hundred and twenty minutes of football ended in a one-all draw, before the home side won the resulting penalty shoot-out. Hastings took the lead ninety seconds into the second half Lee Carey’s penalty after Matt Bloomer had fouled Zac Attwood. A slightly soft penalty, perhaps, but (as the saying goes) we’ve all seen them given for less. The visitors clawed themselves level with a far post shot from close range by Tom Platt from a corner with just a couple of minutes left on the clock. Once the shootout began, both teams missed a kick each before the home side eventually squeezed through in sudden death, but the real importance of this match probably shouldn’t be judged by the minutiae of what happened on the pitch, rather on the spoils of victory for the winners. When we visited The Pilot Field for Non-League Day in 2010, we found a club in a little...

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The Twohundredpercent Pre-Season Predictions: Conference North

Last year was pretty clear cut in the Conference North, Alfreton were pretty much definitely going up despite having a ridiculous backlog of games, the play-off places were fairly clear early on and Redditch were dropping like a stone from around February time, but this season it looks set to be a bit closer at both ends of the table and closer still in the middle. Along with relegated Altrincham and Histon there are the promoted pair of Colwyn Bay and FC Halifax, and the 22nd most northern team at Step 2 – Bishop’s Stortford, shifted over the north/south divide in the fall-out from Rushden and Diamonds’ demise. Bishop’s Stortford, like Histon and like Worcester before them will soon wise up to the difference between the two Step 2 leagues (Gloucester have only ever known the Northern side of the imaginary moving line which hovers over the Conference’s map). PROMOTION CONTENDERS It would be hard to bet against  FC Halifax Town being somewhere near the top of the table, The new boys have bulldozered their way back up the table and boast hot-shot striker Jamie Vardy as one of their key assets and laughed off an offer from Stockport to take him of their hands for a rumoured £50,000. Manager Neil Aspin has made a few key signings and if the Shaymen are as good as all their fans claim...

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