United ‘may need more than 80 points for play-offs’

Zac Attwood (yellow kit) scores the second Hastings United goal in Tuesday night's 2-2 draw away to Corinthian-Casuals. Picture courtesy Scott White

Zac Attwood (yellow kit) scores the second Hastings United goal in Tuesday night's 2-2 draw away to Corinthian-Casuals. Picture courtesy Scott White

  • Hastings United continue quest for place in promotion play-offs
  • Boss believes United may need more than 80 points for place in top five
  • Hastings currently fifth with 66 points from 35 matches
  • U’s have games in hand on all teams around them
  • United are away to mid-table Carshalton Athletic this afternoon
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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.

Garry Wilson

“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

RYMAN LEAGUE

South Division

Carshalton Athletic v Hastings United (3pm)

SOUTHERN COMBINATION FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Division 1

Bexhill United v Saltdean United (3pm)

Little Common v Steyning Town (3pm)

Division 2

Montpelier Villa v Westfield (2pm)

Reserve Section (East)

Westfield v Mile Oak (2pm)

MACRON EAST sUSSEX FOOTBALL league (3pm)

Premier Division

Battle Baptists v Ore Athletic

Hollington United v Robertsbridge United

St Leonards Social v Peche Hill Select

Division 1

Old Hastonians v Eastbourne Rangers

Ticehurst v Sidley United

Division 2

Eastbourne Athletic v Herstmonceux

Northiam 75 v Catsfield

Peasmarsh United v Little Common III

Peche Hill Select II v Hastings Rangers

Division 3

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

Division 4

Hailsham Athletico v Grasshoppers Old Boys

The JC Tackleway II v Victoria Baptists

Wittersham II v Battle Baptists II

Division 5

Icklesham Casuals II v Battle Baptists III

Magham Down v Sedlescombe Rangers III

St Leonards v Hampden Park United

Sussex Bluefin Junior Cup

Semi-final

Wadhurst United v Crowhurst (2.30pm)

Hastings & District FA Junior Cup

Quarter-final

Westfield III v Icklesham Casuals (2.30pm)

Hastings & District FA Lower Divisions Cup

Semi-finals (2.30pm)

Hawkhurst United II v Punnetts Town

Robertsbridge Utd II v Bexhill Rovers

Robertsbridge Charity Intermediate Cup

Quarter-finals (2.30pm)

Bexhill AAC v The JC Tackleway

Mountfield United v Hawkhurst United

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