Knory Scott and Hastings United clinch league title
Knory Scott and his Hastings United team-mates covered themselves in glory after clinching the Isthmian South East League title and promotion at the weekend.
United sealed the deal after coming from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw away to Faversham Town at Salters Lane on Saturday.
Marcus Elliott gave the home side the lead in the 22nd minute before United hit back through Sam Hasler’s 44th-minute penalty to earn a share of the spoils and more importantly clinch the league title and promotion with three games to spare.
“This season has been hard with ups and downs,” Scott told The Royal Gazette. “We went from 13 points behind first place in November then a new manger (Gary Elphick) came in and we managed to turn that around and win the league by 10 points with three games left.”
Scott has made a smooth transition at the club since joining them from National League North side Kidderminster Harriers.
“I joined a year ago when we were top of the league but the season got stopped due to Covid,” he said. “It was a smooth transition to the club but at the start of this season I was injured, so didn’t play much in the first half.
“This season was a great experience for me. I really enjoy playing for Hastings as the team’s fans and staff really make me feel at home.
“I learnt a lot this year and hopefully I can keep my form going and get into the Bermuda national team this summer.”
Scott hopes to be included in Kyle Lightbourne’s national squad that will compete in the Concacaf Nations League League B during the Fifa international match window in June.
Bermuda has been pitted in Group B, which also includes Haiti, Guyana and Montserrat who will play in home and away round robin matches during the group stage.
“Nations League group is a tough one,” Scott said. “But I think we can get through with hard work at the training ground.”
The eventual group winner will secure automatic qualification to the 2023 Gold Cup.
The runners up in each of the four groups in League B along with the third-place teams from the four groups of League A and League C group winners will have another shot at qualification for the tournament via the Gold Cup preliminaries.