Newly promoted Hastings United and Aveley face off at the Pilot Field

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The summer heatwave continues in Hastings as the temperature exceeds 30°C, there is a smell of Isthmian Premier League in the air as the excitement builds for two newcomers to face off in their opening game of the season.

The game starts with Hastings United maintaining pressure in the first 15 minutes, forcing several corners and a marvellous save from the Aveley number 1 Hughes from a 20 yard screamer by number 6 Chalmers.

After the water-break the ‘Sons’ manage to find a bit of momentum testing Rogers in goal, Number 4 O’Mara makes some fantastic defensive saves to keep Aveley out of the danger zone.

HT: 0-0

The second half starts and Hastings are immediately looking to make an impact, Number 9 Pope is brought down just outside the area, 11 Hasler’s shot hits the outside of the post and heads back out into play, Aveley play the ball down the wing putting pressure under the Hastings defenders, number 7 Ifeanyi slots the ball under Rogers to put Aveley 1-0 up in the 48th minute.

Hastings remain unphased by the score and continue to pressure the away team, 14 K Brown with some lovely passing around the edge of the box, cuts inside and shoots, the ball rebounds off the post and rolls in its now 1-1.

Hastings continue to pressure looking for the winner and a Hasler freekick into the box is headed onto the bar. Aveley take the ball up the other end and find a bit of space, 5 Scott knocks the ball home from range Aveley take the lead 2-1, however its very controversial as the ball appears to have left the field of play but the linesman nor the referee feel the same.

A sliding tackle by 5 Scott off the ball and resulting tussle with 9 Pope resulted in a Red card for 5 Scott for Aveley, however there wasn’t enough time for Hastings to capitalize against the 10 man Aveley and the game ends 2-1.

Star Man: Tom Chalmers

Star Rating: 3/5