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Final Score: Hastings United 3 Albion 2

21 July 2012

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Full Time: Hastings have completed a magnificent comeback and Albion have suffered their first pre-season defeat despite leading 2-0. The Hastings players are applauding the crowd whilst Gus Poyet is giving advice to the development squad players in the middle of the pitch. On a positive note Vicente completed 45 minutes and was looking sharp ahead of the new season. 

90: Into the closing moments and Hastings are on the verge of victory here. They win a free-kick in the centre of the park and are in no rush to take it. 

87: GOAL! Zac Attwood makes space for himself on the edge of the Albion area and fires an unstoppable left-footed shot into Tomasz Kuszczak's goal.

82: GOAL! Balo Camara cuts in from the right and fires United level with a thunderous drive to complete the comeback. 

68: GOAL! Hastings back in it after a corner is swung to the back post and neatly headed back across goal for Josh Jirbandey to header in-off the post. 

60: Albion make numerous changes with the development squad entering the fray. 

55: GOAL! Triallist Jeremy Balmy scores a drilled low effort to put Albion 2-0 up.

49: GOAL! Sparrow breaks into the area and rolls the ball across the goal mouth. Substitute George Barker is on hand to tap in.  

Half Time: Albion have controlled the game but it has been a goalless 45 minutes here. 

36: Calderon's back pass is nearly intercepted by ex-Albion youngster Tom Vickers but Casper Ankergren is quickly off his line to hammer the ball away. However the Dane gets a kick for his troubles but after a bit of treatment is back on his feet. 

34: A short corner opens some space up for Vicente to have another shot at goal. His powerful effort  from the edge of the area forces a decent save from Armstrong-Ford down low to his left. 

30: Albion have dominted the opening half hour but it remains goalless. 

25: Matt Sparrow has an attempt on goal parried by Armstrong-Ford, the rebound is picked up by Torbjorn Agdestein who squares to Ashley Barnes. Barnes' attempt though is cleared off the line with the keeper beaten. 

19: Inigo Calderon reacts to a challenge from Matt Whitehead which leads to a small scuffle in the middle of the pitch but everything is soon calmed down and both Calderon and Whitehead are booked. 

15: Albion dominating possession here but unable to find an opening as of yet. 

14:  Matt Armstrong-Ford drops a Vicente free kick that is swung into the box but the loose ball is quickly cleared away by a defender. 

7: Vicente Rodriguez has a shot from the edge of the area but it is comfortable for keeper Armstrong-Ford to deal with. 

0: The match is underway here in Hastings. 


Albion: (4-2-3-1) Ankergren (Kuszczak, 45) (GK); Calderon (Jesson, 60), Greer (Jones, 60), Dunk (Javier Morales, 60), Bruno (Akinube, 60); Harley (Oatway Jnr, 60), Sparrow (Richards, 60), LuaLua (Barker, 45), Vicente (Balmy, 45), Agdestein (March); Barnes (Dickenson, 60).

Hastings United: (4-4-2) Armstrong-Ford (GK); Cox, Whitehead, Carey, Ray, Jirbandey, Crellin, Vickers, Ellis, Attwood, Goldberg.

Albion Kit: Black-and-green shirts; black shorts; black socks.

Yellow Cards: Calderon (Albion) ; Whitehead (Hastings United)

Referee: Matthew Goldsmith.

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