Hastings United’s footballers will go into the final two games of the season above the relegation zone by the skin of their teeth.
Only goal difference is keeping fourth-bottom United above the three Ryman Football League Division One South relegation places after third-bottom Ramsgate drew 0-0 at home to Guernsey in their game in hand last night (Tuesday).
Fifth-bottom East Grinstead Town are also battling to avoid falling into the drop zone. The Wasps are one point ahead of United with a vastly inferior goal difference.
The three teams immediately above Grinstead - Chipstead, Carshalton Athletic and Walton & Hersham - are not mathematically safe, although it’s highly unlikely they will fall into the bottom three.
United’s two remaining matches are at home to second-placed Faversham Town on Saturday (when the club is offering free admission) and away to Walton & Hersham on Saturday April 25.
Ryman Division One South bottom five (all played 44 matches): 20 East Grinstead Town 45pts (-36 goal difference), 21 HASTINGS UNITED 44 (-14), 22 Ramsgate 44 (-27), 23 Redhill 38 (-31), 24 Horsham 36 (-50).
Ryman Division One South relegation run-in - Hastings United (44pts): April 18 Faversham Town (h), April 25 Walton & Hersham (a).
East Grinstead Town (45pts): April 18 Tooting & Mitcham United (h), April 25 Whitstable Town (a).
Ramsgate (44pts): April 18 Horsham (a), April 25 Corinthian-Casuals (h).
Redhill (38pts): April 18 Chipstead (h), April 25 South Park (a).