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Gdobe penalty secures 3 points for the ‘U’s – Hastings United Football Club


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Its Tuesday night, the Continental Pilot Field is open, the beers and burgers are flowing and the crowd is building for a middle of the table clash between Hastings United and Kingstonian. Before the game a 1 minute silence is observed in memory of her majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Pilot Field then erupts into God Save The King.

The referee blows his whistle and the game begins. Hastings begin the game brightly with an early effort on goal from Jack Dixon which sails just over the bar. Kane Penn and Joe Gbode try shots from outside the area with both shots narrowly going wide.

Kingstonian have chances to press the United defence however they are unable to get any shots away or trouble Louis Rogers in goal.

A floating cross into the box by Tom Chalmers leads to a fantastic shot from Sam Adams producing a great save from the Kingstonian keeper, Gbode follows up with a shot and the defender clears the ball off the line, great pressing from United who seem the more dangerous of the two teams when going forward.

Kingstonian go on a fast-paced attack with 3 against 2, Jack Dixon wins the ball with a fantastic tackle to stop the break.

On the stroke of half time Sam Adams pokes a ball through the defenders into the penalty area where Gdobe looks to be running onto goal when the Kingstonian player’s sliding tackle catches him, the referee instantly points to the spot, Gdobe with a slow walk up powerfully puts the ball past the keepers right. After 1 minute of added time the Hastings United are 1-0 up.

As the second half starts it is pretty much the same, Hastings United with a good amount of possession and attempts on goal, the Kingstonian defence doing well against the United pressure and their counter attacks not coming to much, its as if they lack that final attacking player to produce something for them.

United see the game out to finish the game 1-0 with 3 much needed points moving from 16th place in the league to 13th place.

Attendance: 786


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