One of the leading bookmakers doesn’t seem to fancy Hastings United’s chances during the coming season.
Paddy Power has the U’s as 40/1 shots for the Ryman Football League Premier Division title along with Hendon, Tooting & Mitcham United and Aveley.
Only Wingate & Finchley - who Hastings, of course, play in their opening fixture at The Pilot Field tomorrow (Saturday) - and Horsham have longer odds with the Irish company.
Paddy Power make Lowestoft Town, who reached the play-offs last season, and Lewes, who have come down from Blue Square Bet South, as 9/2 joint favourites followed by a trio of clubs at 8/1.
Ryman Football League Premier Division odds 2011/12 (source Paddy Power): Lowestoft Town 9/2, Lewes 9/2, Bury Town 8/1, Kingstonian 8/1, Carshalton Athletic 8/1, AFC Hornchurch 14/1, Canvey Island 14/1, Wealdstone 14/1, Billericay Town 16/1, Concord Rangers 16/1, Margate 20/1, Harrow Borough 20/1, East Thurrock United 20/1, Leatherhead 25/1, Cray Wanderers 33/1, Metropolitan Police 33/1, Hendon 40/1, Tooting & Mitcham United 40/1, Aveley 40/1, HASTINGS UNITED 40/1, Wingate & Finchley 50/1, Horsham 50/1.