Tag: Hastings United

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...

Read More

Match Of The Week 1: Hastings United 0-2 Carshalton Athletic

It is impossible to walk through the centre of Hastings in East Sussex without thinking of the 1996 Animals That Swim song, “Faded Glamour”. From certain angles, the town, overlooked by the remains of its eleventh century castle, retains the handsome ruggedness which drew day-trippers and holiday-makers towards it from the Victorian era on. From others, though, paint is peeling and concrete is starting to crumble. As it is with Hastings town centre, so it is with The Pilot Field, the home of Hastings United Football Club. A mile and a half from the town centre, this is a football ground that time forgot, with a large seated stand of the type that used to be commonplace at British football grounds the length and breadth of the country and a large covered terrace at one end of the ground. The club is, apparently, keen to leave its home and build a new one which isn’t as ruinously expensive to maintain. Sad though it would be to lose such an idiosyncratic venue, the thinking behind such wanderlust is understandable. Hastings have won one and drawn one of their four matches so far this season and go into the match above the relegation places, though not by much. A sense of understated gloom extends to the match-day programme, which notes that “Clubs are becoming concerned at the dramatic drop in attendances so...

Read More

Non-League Videos Of The Week

We have a lot of videos to get through for this week’s non-league videos of the week, as the non-league season comes to an end and the end of season play-offs begin. First up, comes a match from the race for the play-off places in the Blue Square South. With Braintree Town already promoted to the Blue Square Premier as champions of the division, most eyes on the last day of the season turned to the question of who will be joining them. Chelmsford City have been hanging around the play-off places for most of the season, and they went into their final league match of the season knowing that a win would guarantee them a place in the Blue Square South play-offs. They were at home against a Hampton & Richmond Borough side that have spent much of their season just above the relegation places and who went into Saturday’s match already safe in the knowledge that they were just about already safe.   The Blue Square South play-off semi-finals will, therefore, be between Farnborough FC and Woking, while Chelmsford City will travel to Ebbsfleet United in the other match. In the Premier Division of the Ryman League, meanwhile, a similar situation had arisen. Sutton United had been crowned as the champions of the division several weeks ago, but the race for the play-off places has been one...

Read More

Non-League Videos Of The Week

Our non-league videos of the week are twety-four hours later than usual this week but, to make it up to you, we’ve brought together the highlights of five matches this week. Our first match is from the Premier Division of the Ryman League and is between the league leaders, Sutton United and Hastings United. Sutton went into the match knowing that a win would hand them the league title with a little to spare, while Hastings went desperate for the points themselves, sitting, as they do, just above the relegation places. Our second match is from the top of the Blue Square South. Braintree Town went into their home match against Havant & Waterlooville knowing that a win would leave them at least four points clear of second-placed Farnborough with just three matches of the season left to play. Havant, meanwhile, needed a win to keep their faint mathematical chance of grabbing a play-off place alive in any way. In the Blue Square North, meanwhile, it is AFC Telford United who are doing the chasing. Alfreton Town were two points clear of Telford with a game in hand and just three more rounds of matches yet to be played. On Saturday, they were away to Hinckley United, who are just about safe from relegation but would probably appreciate one more win, just to be absolutely certain. We’re going to...

Read More

Non-League Videos Of The Week: 6th February 2011

For those of you viewing Twohundredpercent on our mobile site, you will be able to view this post better by clicking here. It’s time again for our weekly round-up of non-league videos, which this week focusses on the last sixteen of this year’s FA Trophy. Although some of the gloss from this competition may have been lost as the Blue Square Premier has come to be the behemoth of the non-league game, there is still a lot to play for with a place at Wembley at stake – these are days out that players, supporters and staff don’t forget in a hurry and the winners of this weekend’s matches will find themselves just three matches from a trip there. Our first match is yesterday’s match between AFC Telford United and Darlington. During their previous one season in non-league football – the 1989/90 season – Darlington made the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy before losing to Leek Town. They went on to win promotion straight back into the Football League before losing this status again at the end of last season and, although they currently have games in hand on the teams above them, making the BSP play-offs this season seems as if it will be a tall order. The FA Trophy, therefore, may be their best chance of success at the end of a transitional season. AFC Telford United,...

Read More