Garry Wilson believes his Hastings United team may need more than 80 points to reach the season-ending promotion play-offs.
The U’s made it into Ryman Football League Division One South’s top five with 79 points two years ago, while Whyteleafe finished fifth with 81 last term.
United are currently in fifth place with 66 points from 35 matches and have 11 fixtures remaining.
“I’ve always thought roughly about 80 points,” said United manager Wilson. “But it might be more than that. It might be 83, something like that. We will just have to get as many points as we can.”
Although no team in the division has played less fixtures than United, they still have plenty of work to do to cement a play-off spot because they are only two points ahead of Faversham Town in eighth.
What’s more, seven of United’s last 11 games are away from home and nine of their remaining fixtures are against teams between fourth and 14th in the table.
“This is the telling time for me, with the amount of games,” continued Wilson. “We’ve got a lot of difficult away games coming up. It’s difficult in terms of the travel and working, picking up injuries and not getting a chance to recover.”
Sam Cruttwell and Billy Medlock picked up knocks in Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw away to Corinthian-Casuals, but Wilson hopes they will both be okay for the trip to mid-table Carshalton Athletic tomorrow (Saturday).
Simon Johnson is unlikely to be fit, however, and is due to see a specialist about his Achilles problem. Tyrell Richardson-Brown and Mitchell Dickenson, the latter of whom signed on a 30-day loan from Gillingham at the end of last week, are expected to return. Dickenson missed Tuesday’s match as he played for the Gills’ under-21s the same day.
TODAY’S FOOTBALL FIXTURES
Carshalton Athletic v Hastings United (3pm)
SOUTHERN COMBINATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Bexhill United v Saltdean United (3pm)
Little Common v Steyning Town (3pm)
Montpelier Villa v Westfield (2pm)
Reserve Section (East)
Westfield v Mile Oak (2pm)
MACRON EAST sUSSEX FOOTBALL league (3pm)
Battle Baptists v Ore Athletic
Hollington United v Robertsbridge United
St Leonards Social v Peche Hill Select
Old Hastonians v Eastbourne Rangers
Ticehurst v Sidley United
Eastbourne Athletic v Herstmonceux
Northiam 75 v Catsfield
Peasmarsh United v Little Common III
Peche Hill Select II v Hastings Rangers
Herstmonceux II v Orington
Hooe Sports v Sedlescombe Rangers II
Pebsham Sibex v Mayfield
St Leonards Social II v Bexhill United II
West Hill United v Burwash
Hailsham Athletico v Grasshoppers Old Boys
The JC Tackleway II v Victoria Baptists
Wittersham II v Battle Baptists II
Icklesham Casuals II v Battle Baptists III
Magham Down v Sedlescombe Rangers III
St Leonards v Hampden Park United
Sussex Bluefin Junior Cup
Wadhurst United v Crowhurst (2.30pm)
Hastings & District FA Junior Cup
Westfield III v Icklesham Casuals (2.30pm)
Hastings & District FA Lower Divisions Cup
Hawkhurst United II v Punnetts Town
Robertsbridge Utd II v Bexhill Rovers
Robertsbridge Charity Intermediate Cup
Bexhill AAC v The JC Tackleway
Mountfield United v Hawkhurst United
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