United net vital victory

Kiernan Hughes-Mason scored his 12th Hastings United goal of the season to defeat Corinthian-Casuals. Picture courtesy Scott White
Kiernan Hughes-Mason scored his 12th Hastings United goal of the season to defeat Corinthian-Casuals. Picture courtesy Scott White
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Hastings United’s footballers pulled off a vital victory in their quest for a play-off place this afternoon (Saturday).

United won 1-0 away to fourth-placed Corinthian Casuals in Ryman Football League Division One South courtesy of a first half strike from Kiernan Hughes-Mason.

With most of the teams around them also winning, United remain sixth in the table - one point behind a Carshalton Athletic side which occupies the final play-off spot of fifth, but with a game in hand. United are also now only two points adrift of Casuals.

United travelled to Tolworth without a win in four games, whereas Casuals had beaten second-placed Dorking Wanderers and third-placed Greenwich Borough in their previous two outings.

But it was United who came away with the points after scoring the only goal of the afternoon in the 17th minute. A long free kick from goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley was nodded down and Hughes-Mason, having been restored to the starting line-up, netted United’s 106th league goal of the season.

United: Pidgeley, Butcher, Cruttwell, Emptage, Sobers, Rowe, Bodkin (Stannard 73), Johnson, Barnwell, Collin, Hughes-Mason. Subs not used: Akoto, Kieran, Smith, Nicholls. Attendance: 203.

Ryman Division One South top 10 (played-points): 1 Tooting & Mitcham United 40-95 (+65 goal difference), 2 Dorking Wanderers 39-86 (+49), 3 Greenwich Borough 39-76 (+34), 4 Corinthian-Casuals 39-72 (+21), 5 Carshalton Athletic 40-71 (+33), 6 HASTINGS UNITED 39-70 (+54), 7 Lewes 39-70 (+13), 8 Hythe Town 40-68 (+21), 9 Faversham Town 40-63 (+26), 10 South Park 35-61 (+19).

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