Hastings campus beaten in South Eastern plate last 16

Published on by Luke Withers (author)

UOB Hastings Football Team (photo: Mike Fisher)
UOB Hastings Football Team

The Panthers were unable build on the momentum generated by their 4-2 victory over Royal Holloway in the previous round, as they tasted defeat for only the second time.

A tight first half saw St Georges take the lead in the 43rd minute. Poor marking from the corner allowed the away teams striker a free header, which he headed down past Hastings keeper Jonathan Lowe.

Eager to make amends for the first half goal the Panthers came out fighting in the second half going close with a Tom Howard piledriver.

With all this pressure Hastings left themselves exposed at the back. A long, looping ball over the home sides defence set the St George’s striker in one-on-one, which the striker slotted away neatly. 

As both players slid in to win the ball, a cruel ricochet off Lowe fell kindly for the striker who reacted quickly to slot the ball home and double the away sides lead.

Hastings continued to push in an attempt to half the deficit but were once again caught out from a set piece. A corner, which looked relatively harmless, evaded everybody in the area and looped over to the back post where it clipped the frame of the goal and bounced in.

The Panthers turn their attention to an away day against Tottenham Hotspur foundation this coming Wednesday.

Hastings Captain Tom Howard said, “Of course we were disappointed with Wednesday result. A terrific cup run saw us beat a few teams we really had no right to. We’ve got to remember this is our first season together as a squad so to get as far as we did was really quite an achievement.” 

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