Hastings seek to strengthen hold on play-off spot

Hastings United's footballers will seek to strengthen their hold on the final play-off spot with a positive result in their game in hand tonight (Wednesday).

Wednesday, 12th April 2017, 12:13 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 9:29 pm
Danny Leonard on the charge against Cray Wanderers on Sunday. Picture courtesy Scott White

United moved into Ryman Football League Division One South’s top five courtesy of a 4-1 win away to Cray Wanderers on Sunday, and they will be eager to put clear daylight between themselves and their pursuers with another victory at South Park tonight.

A win would put United four points ahead of sixth-placed Carshalton Athletic and with a vastly superior goal difference heading into the season’s final three matches.

South Park have played 14 games since the start of March, a fixture pile-up caused primarily by a tremendous FA Trophy run which culminated in a meeting with National League promotion hopefuls Tranmere Rovers.

Callum Emptage in the thick of the action during Hastings United's weekend win. Picture courtesy Scott White

The Reigate-based club actually knocked United out of the Trophy after a replay in November, although United were 4-1 winners in the reverse league fixture on the opening day of the season.

Despite their hectic recent schedule, 10th-placed South Park have won two of their last three matches, the latest of which was a 5-3 victory away to Walton Casuals on Saturday.

Kick-off tonight is 7.45pm.

Ryman Division One South top 10 (played 43 matches unless stated): 1 Tooting & Mitcham United 101pts (+66 goal difference), 2 Dorking Wanderers 96 (+55), 3 Greenwich Borough 88 (+44), 4 Corinthian-Casuals 84 (+32), 5 HASTINGS UNITED (42) 76 (+60), 6 Carshalton Athletic 75 (+35), 7 Lewes 74 (+14), 8 Hythe Town 72 (+17), 9 Faversham Town 70 (+31), 10 South Park (42) 67 (+13).

United’s academy team, meanwhile, has a top-of-the-table clash at home to Maidstone United Ambers this afternoon. Kick-off at The Pilot Field is 2pm.

Second-placed United are unbeaten in The National League U19 Alliance Division B and trail Maidstone by eight points having played two fewer matches.

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