Whitehawk FC: Nouveau Riche Out-Muscle The Old Stagers

After nine months and thirty-nine matches, then, it all came down to ninety minutes on the final day of the season in the Ryman League Division One South yesterday. That it did came down to an incident on the opening day of the league season. Whitehawk FC played an ineligible player in their first match at Maidstone United and were deducted three points for their troubles. Had this not happened, they would already have been crowned as champions of the division. As things stand, though, they take the field at East Brighton Park for their final home league match of the season against Chipstead knowing that, although they need a win to guarantee winning the league title, their fate is at least in their own hands. As such, there is now need for anybody at East Brighton Park to be frantically checking their mobile phones for score updates from elsewhere this afternoon. Should they slip up, Dulwich Hamlet can lift the league title if they can win against second from bottom Burgess Hill Town, but Burgess Hill need a win to safeguard themselves from relegation. Should both Whitehawk and Dulwich fail to win, then third placed Bognor Regis Town can lift the title with a win away to Maidstone United. It’s the sort of convoluted state of affairs that statisticians love. For Whitehawk supporters, however, all that matters is...

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