United seek to continue fabulous form

Frannie Collin (number 10) opens the scoring in Hastings United's 5-0 win over Carshalton Athletic on Tuesday night. Picture courtesy Scott White
Frannie Collin (number 10) opens the scoring in Hastings United's 5-0 win over Carshalton Athletic on Tuesday night. Picture courtesy Scott White

Hastings United’s footballers will be eager to keep the momentum going as they return to action today (Saturday).

United will host Chatham Town in Ryman Football League Division One South fresh off Tuesday night’s magnificent 5-0 win over third-placed Carshalton Athletic which moved them into the play-off places.

Harry Stannard celebrates after scoring the second Hastings United goal against Carshalton Athletic. Picture courtesy Scott White

Harry Stannard celebrates after scoring the second Hastings United goal against Carshalton Athletic. Picture courtesy Scott White

Darren Hare’s side now occupies the final play-off place of fifth and United are just three points behind Carshalton with two games in hand.

But it’s all very tight. Just six points separate Carshalton and eighth-placed Lewes, although United do have the advantage of possessing a far better goal difference than all of the teams around them.

United’s form is nothing short of excellent. They’ve won all of their last five games without conceding a goal and have picked up 19 points from a possible 21.

On top of that, they and leaders Tooting & Mitcham United are the joint highest scorers in the top eight tiers of English football with 101 league goals apiece.

By contrast, third-bottom Chatham have picked up just two points from their last six matches and were hammered 7-0 at home to United in November’s reverse fixture. Kick-off at The Pilot Field is 3pm.

Ryman Division One South top 10 (played-points): 1 Tooting & Mitcham United 35-80 (+55 goal difference), 2 Dorking Wanderers 35-77 (+45), 3 Carshalton Athletic 36-67 (+32), 4 Greenwich Borough 34-66 (+30), 5 HASTINGS UNITED 34-64 (+54), 6 Corinthian-Casuals 34-63 (+18), 7 Hythe Town 34-62 (+23), 8 Lewes 35-61 (+5), 9 Faversham Town 34-56 (+26), 10 Cray Wanderers 34-56 (+8).

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