The reward for the winner of Tuesday night’s FA Trophy replay between Hastings United and Whitehawk is an away tie at Weymouth in the third qualifying round of the competition, to be played on Saturday 23rd November. 

If that is Hastings, it will mean a 270-mile round trip for the team and its travelling supporters – probably four hours each way by road – and postponement of their home league fixture against Herne Bay scheduled for that day.

Weymouth are currently lying second in the National League South table, two tiers above either of their potential visitors, with only two defeats suffered in 16 league outings this season.

Small wonder, then, that manager Chris Agutter, may have preferred a glorious cup exit on Tuesday, though, as he indicated last week, his players will no doubt be up for the challenge if they have qualified for it.

The following Saturday, as it happens, the ‘U’s are due to have their annual away day in the league, playing in Guernsey. But on that occasion they’ll be flying high above the Dorset coast.

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