Goal-hungry Hastings are the country's sharpest shooters

Hastings United possess the highest goals per game average of any club in the country's top eight levels.
Hastings United possess the highest goals per game average of any club in the country's top eight levels.

Hastings United Football Club enters the new year as statistically the country's most frequent goalscorers this season.

United possess the highest goals per game average of any club in the top eight tiers of the national footballing pyramid.

The 4-2 victory away to Sittingbourne yesterday (New Year's Eve) took United's tally to 72 goals in 23 Ryman Football League Division One South matches - a pretty extraordinary average of 3.1 per game.

That average is far in excess of anybody else in the division, including second-placed Tooting & Mitcham United, who have scored one more than United, albeit having played four more fixtures.

No team in the Premier League, Championship, League One and Two, National League, National League South and North, Ryman League or Evo-Stik leagues even comes close to matching United's average, with the solitary exception of AFC Fylde.

National League North leaders Fylde have scored 66 goals in 22 games - an average of exactly three per match.

Despite their red hot form in front of goal, United are only ninth in the table at the midway point in their league programme, although they have played fewer fixtures than all of the teams above them.

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