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).
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.
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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