Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Whitehawk v Hastings United 26.12.2012

MMm this should be Brighton v Millwall, but a new one this time, no public transport = no game at the Amex. So Boxing days and my family head to Ditchling to watch Morris Dancing, I head to Whitehawk.

A crowd of 290 saw an entertaining 2-2 draw. Hastings next away game will be Middlesbrough in the FA Cup third round on the 5th Jan.

Tom Vickers who the Albion released earlier this season scored a stunning equaliser for Hastings in the last couple of minutes. Whitehawk who are top of the league are not best pleased. They had loads of injuries and suspensions and had just found old ex Albion player Tommy Fraser will be leaving in Feb for a new life and carear in Australia (signed by Melbourne FC).

Other Ex-Albion involved or could have been were Paul Armstrong (played), Sam Gargan (suspended), Tommy Fraser (Suspended), Darren Freeman (Manager and unused sub)& Chris Winterton (goalkeeper). I had also hoped to see Scott McLeish (but found out he left Whitehawk after 8 games to sign for Chesham Utd!)
The hidden entrance, and a baragin (!) £10 to get in
The covered main stand, with a noticable sag in the roof
Yes they are the old Withdean seats behing the Hastings United massive
Darren Freeman adds stretcher bearer to list of jobs alongside Manager and Sub!  (player ended up with 5 stitches and a badly twisted knee apparently)
Dick Knight - guest of honour to answer questions from 11am, but nobody turned up!  I arrived at 11.55 so just time to grab a coffee!
Is this the most exposed ground in Sussex?  The wind drving through made it bloody cold, the rain towards the end didnt help.  The last game in this pitch had been abandoned after 55 minutes.
The ground really is in a mess, they need to upgrade or will be kick out the Ryman League

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