United target home success

Action from Hastings United's 2-0 defeat away to Horsham last weekend. Picture by Steve Cobb
Action from Hastings United's 2-0 defeat away to Horsham last weekend. Picture by Steve Cobb

Hastings United know that victory in their final two home matches of the campaign should be enough to clinch a play-off place.

The U’s continue to occupy the final Ryman Football League Division One South play-off spot of fifth and have a three-point cushion over their pursuers with three games remaining.

Assistant manager Ben White said: “It’s in our hands. We’ve definitely got to look to get maximum points from our two home games.”

United will host 18th-placed Whitstable Town today (Saturday) and second-bottom Crawley Down Gatwick next weekend, either side of a trip to champions Peacehaven & Telscombe on Easter Monday.

Charlie Bachellier broke his hand in Tuesday night’s defeat at Folkestone Invicta, but Tim Olorunda returned from injury in the same game and his performance was described as “immense” by White.

Ryman Division One South play-off run-in - Hastings United (73 points): April 19 Whitstable Town (h), April 21 Peacehaven & Telscombe (a), April 26 Crawley Down Gatwick (h).

Burgess Hill Town (70 points): April 19 Leatherhead (a), April 21 Corinthian-Casuals (h), April 26 Sittingbourne (a).

Merstham (70 points): April 19 Herne Bay (h), April 21 Folkestone Invicta (a), April 26 Horsham (h).

TODAY’S FOOTBALL FIXTURES

(Kick-off 3pm unless stated)

Ryman League, Division 1 South: Hastings Utd v Whitstable Town.

Sussex County League, Division 2: AFC Uckfield v Little Common; Westfield v Seaford Town 2.

Reserve Section (East): Westfield v AFC Uckfield 4.30.

ADA East Sussex League, Premier Division: Hollington Utd v Ninfield Utd; Rock-a-Nore v Robertsbridge Utd; Ticehurst v Peche Hill Select.

Division 1: Battle Baptists v Hollington Utd II (double header 2 & 3.30); Crowborough Athletic III v Bexhill AAC; Orington v Mountfield Utd; Sandhurst v Icklesham Casuals.

Division 2: Catsfield v Windsor; Little Chelsea v Hawkhurst Utd (double header 2 & 3.30); Ninfield Utd II v Wittersham; JC Tackleway v Wadhurst Utd.

Division 3: Eastbourne Athletic v Conquest Utd; Herstmonceux II v AFC Hastings 3.30; Pebsham Sibex v Northiam 75; St Helens v Rock-a-Nore II; Visick v Old Hastonians (double header 2 & 3.30).

Division 4: Burwash v Mayfield; FC Bexhill v Bexhill-On-Sea (double header 2 & 3.30); Peasmarsh Utd v Bexhill AAC II; Peche Hill Select II v St Leonards Social II; West Hill Utd v Sovereign Saints.

Division 5: Hailsham Athletico v Ticehurst II; Herstmonceux III v Battle Baptists II 1.30; Sedlescombe Rangers II v Magham Down; Wittersham II v Grasshoppers Old Boys.

Division 6: FC Westridge v JC Tackleway II (double header 2 & 3.30); Hawkhurst Utd II v Hampden Park Utd; Robertsbridge Utd II v Battle Baptists III; Sedlescombe Rangers III v Parkfield.