Jack Dixon’s powerful finish at a soaked Pilot Field gave Hastings United all three points at home to Ashford United.
The Arrows still harbour hopes of a play-off finish, but find themselves 11 points off Walton Casuals in sixth.
It didn’t take long for the home side to take the lead. Top scorer Calum Davies poking the ball past an onrushing George Kamurasi for his 13th goal of the season.
The home side preceded to control the majority of the first-half, with the cool-headedness of Adam Lovatt and Sam Adams dominating the midfield.
And it was the latter who nearly doubled Hastings lead. Full-back Sam Beale went on a run, beating multiple players before sliding it across to the captain. Adams tried to beat Kamurasi at his near post but ended up clearing the crossbar when maybe a shot across goal was the better option.
Soon after, Adams almost made amends, but he could only shin his volley wide after some good work down the right from Davis.
By this point, Ashford started to come into the game a bit more. Dean Grant’s low drive was saved by the right leg of Charlie Horlock.
However, the normally dependable Horlock was at fault for William Thomas’ equalizer. The Nuts & Bolts defenders’ free-kick bounced just before it reached Hastings’ keeper, all Horlock could do was parry it into his own net.
Nevertheless, Jack Dixon restored normal order three minutes into the second half with a forceful drive.
And as the rain got heavier, Hastings’ performance improved. Adams’ squared the ball to Dixon, whose shot was smothered, prior to Antonio Walker-Barth’s follow up which was blazed over the bar.
The home side nearly had to pay for their wastefulness in front of goal, but luckily for them, Charlie Horlock got a strong hand to Dean Grant’s close-range volley.
With the game coming to a close, substitute Dayshonne Golding nearly sealed the deal. The flashy winger got a toe on Jahmal Howlett-Mundle’s pass back to Kamurasi, the ball rolling the wrong side of the post as far as Golding was concerned.
Hastings United are at home again next week to Hyth Town, while the struggling Ashford United are away to London-based Thamesmead Town.