Hastings stay in play-off spots despite latest draw

Frannie Collin gave Hastings United the lead away to Ramsgate this afternoon with his 27th goal of the season. Picture courtesy Scott White
Frannie Collin gave Hastings United the lead away to Ramsgate this afternoon with his 27th goal of the season. Picture courtesy Scott White

Hastings United Football Club has clung on to the final play-off spot despite being held to a third consecutive draw today (Saturday).

United had to make do with a 1-1 draw away to Ramsgate, but remain fifth in Ryman Football League Division One South after a mixed set of results for the teams around them.

Corinthian-Casuals jumped above United to fourth courtesy of a fine 2-0 win at home to second-placed Dorking Wanderers, while Carshalton Athletic dropped below United to sixth after losing 3-1 at home to third-placed Greenwich Borough.

Lewes are up to seventh - with the same number of points as United and Carshalton - on the back of a 1-0 victory at home to a Hythe Town side which is just a point adrift of United in eighth.

After back-to-back draws against Chatham Town last weekend and Hythe on Tuesday, United would’ve been keen to rediscover the winning formula against a Ramsgate team lying just below halfway in the table.

And after a scoreless first half, United - who gave a debut to Charlie Harris in place of injured captain Simon Johnson in midfield - drew first blood in the third minute of the second period. Leading scorer Frannie Collin converted a penalty awarded for handball.

But Ramsgate - the last team to beat United - equalised in the 71st minute with a spot-kick of their own. Aaron Millbank made no mistake from 12 yards after Jerrome Sobers was penalised.

United: Pidgeley, Butcher, Cruttwell, Evans, Sobers, Rowe, Bodkin, C. Harris (Stannard 71), Hughes-Mason (J. Harris), Collin, Stevenson (Emptage 71). Subs not used: Akoto, Nicholls. Attendance: 292.

Ryman Division One South top 10 (played-points): 1 Tooting & Mitcham United 37-86 (+60 goal difference), 2 Dorking Wanderers 37-80 (+46), 3 Greenwich Borough 36-72 (+33), 4 Corinthian-Casuals 37-69 (+19), 5 HASTINGS UNITED 37-67 (+54), 6 Carshalton Athletic 38-67 (+29), 7 Lewes 37-67 (+10), 8 Hythe Town 37-66 (+23), 9 Faversham Town 37-60 (+26), 10 Walton Casuals 38-60 (+6).

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