FOOTBALL: Credible Challengers
Hastings United 1, Whyteleafe 0
Hastings have made a solid start to their league season: two home wins, two away draws, only three goals scored but none conceded. The 1-0 victory last Saturday at Pilot Field over previously unbeaten Whyteleafe puts them up to fourth in the BetVictor Isthmian south-east division, with a gap in the league schedule now until 15th September. Tomorrow (Saturday) they entertain Isthmian Premier side Worthing in the FA Cup.
Especially gratifying has been the performances of new recruits Craig Stone, Jake Elliott and Ben Pope. Stone has already formed a very dependable partnership with Gary Elphick in central defence. Elliott, in the right back position vacated by Jamie Fielding, is not only adding height and athleticism to the back line but also showing enterprise going forward. It was his lofted pass to Pope that opened up the Whyteleafe defence for last Saturday’s only goal.
The new number nine has scored all five of the ‘U’s’ goals so far (three league, two cup), and on this occasion finished consummately over the goalkeeper’s despairing dive. Credit also, though, to last season’s leading scorer Daniel Ajakaiye, now largely exiled to the flanks but full of running throughout and deserving his selection by the sponsors as man of the match.
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