Hastings United’s footballers face a key game in their quest to pull away from the lower reaches of the table tonight (Monday).
The U’s will be back at The Pilot Field for the second time in three days as Corinthian-Casuals provide the opposition in Ryman Football League Division One South. Kick-off is 7.45pm.
United are 20th in the 24-team division and four points above the bottom three following Saturday’s see-saw 2-2 draw at home to fifth-placed Whyteleafe.
Casuals are just two positions and one point better off, although they do have the small matter of six games in hand having played fewer matches than anybody else in the division.
The visitors have played just one league game since January 17 - a 1-0 victory at home to second-placed Faversham Town on February 7. United have won two, drawn two and lost six of their 10 fixtures since the turn of the year.
United have won fewer home matches than anybody else in the division, while no team has won fewer away games than Casuals. United were beaten 1-0 in the reverse fixture towards the end of October.
The U’s are yet to suffer a weather-related postponement in the league this season and despite the latest band of wet weather yesterday evening, tonight’s game is expected to go ahead.
United groundsman and director Simon Rudkins wrote on social media site Twitter this morning: “Pitch has coped well with overnight rain and at the mo there is no need for an inspection for tonight’s game.”