Hastings tackle play-off rivals

Another key game awaits Hastings United Football Club in its play-off quest today (Saturday).

Saturday, 18th March 2017, 1:37 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:39 am
Harry Stannard tussles for possession during Hastings United's game at home to Tooting & Mitcham United last weekend. Picture courtesy Scott White

Sixth-placed United are one position and one point outside the Ryman League Division One South play-off spots ahead of the trip to fourth-placed Corinthian-Casuals. Kick-off is 3pm.

The scrap to get into the all-important top five remains remarkably close, with just one point separating fifth-placed Carshalton Athletic and eighth-placed Lewes.

But having not won in four games and seen their 10-match unbeaten run end with a 1-0 defeat at home to 10-man leaders Tooting & Mitcham United last weekend, United sorely need to make a swift return to winning ways.

Shomari Barnwell goes up for a header against Tooting & Mitcham United. Picture courtesy Scott White

Casuals have won their last three fixtures, though, the last two of which have been against second-placed Dorking Wanderers and third-placed Greenwich Borough.

They also came from behind on three occasions to triumph 4-3 in December’s reverse fixture at The Pilot Field.

United - who will be without departed midfielders Jack Evans and Charlie Harris - are running a coach to today’s match, leaving The Pilot Field at 11.15am.

The cost is £20 for adults, £15 for supporters’ club members and £8 for under-18s. To reserve a seat, email [email protected] or call/text 07970 332270.

Shomari Barnwell goes up for a header against Tooting & Mitcham United. Picture courtesy Scott White

Ryman Division One South top 10 (played-points): 1 Tooting & Mitcham United 39-92 (+63 goal difference), 2 Dorking Wanderers 38-83 (+48), 3 Greenwich Borough 38-75 (+34), 4 Corinthian-Casuals 38-72 (+22), 5 Carshalton Athletic 39-68 (+29), 6 HASTINGS UNITED 38-67 (+53), 7 Hythe Town 39-67 (+22), 8 Lewes 38-67 (+9), 9 Faversham Town 39-60 (+23), 10 Walton Casuals 39-60 (+5).

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