‘Clinical’ United aiming to upset Hastings in FA Cup

Simon Rowland
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Top of the league Eastbourne United welcome local rivals Hastings United in a mouth watering FA Cup tie this Saturday (writes Joe Lovelace).

United haven’t dropped a point in the league this season and will look to cause an upset in the FA Cup when Hastings come to town.

Eastbourne currently sit top of Sussex County Division One with four wins from four games, after getting promoted last season, making their run of form even more impressive.

United will be full of confidence when they take on Hastings United, a league above United in Ryman Division One South.

Eastbourne’s player-coach Wes Tate puts his team’s strong start to the season down to finishing, he said, “ The difference for us this season, has been how clinical we have been in front of goal. We have been converting most of our chances.

“Last season we didn’t do that, we probably dominated games more but were less clinical in front of goal. Our attacking players have really impressed this season, going forward seems to be our strongest part.”

United have scored 16 goals in the league and conceded only three, and will hope to emulate their cup run from last season which took them into the First Qualifying Round.

The home fans will be disappointed to find out ex-Hastings and Eastbourne Borough striker Bailo Camara will be unavailable for the game.

United won’t be short for goals though with Division One top-scorer Tate on a fine run of form in front of goal, he said, “ I’m really happy with the way I’m playing at the moment . I’ve scored a few penalties which is nice, but when you have players around you winning them it helps.”

Tate knows what FA Cup progression will mean to the fans, he said, “ Cup competitions give us a chance to thank the fans who watch us in some horrendous conditions. It also allows us to put a few quid back in the club.

Local rivals Eastbourne United and Hastings will be familiar with each others style of play, Tate said, “ We have watched them, both teams will know each other well.

“They will have a lot of the ball and will be dangerous from set-plays with their big players coming forward.”

Saturday’s FA Cup Preliminary Round match kicks off from The Oval at 3pm.