Isthmian League

Match Preview | Hashtag United (A)

It’s a Saturday trip to Essex for the Hawks as they visit mid-table Hashtag United, looking to extend that unbeaten league run to four matches.

It was defeat on Tuesday night in the Velocity Cup for Shaun Saunders’ side, but they’ll be hoping the switch to the league format brings renewed success following last weekend’s incredible comeback win over Folkestone Invicta.

The Opposition

Currently ground sharing with Isthmian North side Bowers & Pitsea, it’ll be a venture to the Len Salmon Stadium for a historic first away meeting with Isthmian Premier newcomers, Hashtag United.

Currently occupying 12th position, The Tags are five points in front of the Hawks, though have played four games more. Their form has dipped a touch since the turn of the year, with just the one league win from their previous 11 matches, despite that arriving at Chatham Town via a 3-2 scoreline.

The recent months have left them floating around the centre of the table, with the prospect of back-to-back promotions looking increasingly unlikely. It’s been a remarkable rise since their formation in 2016, and consolidation looks to be assured at the first time of asking.

One to Watch | Misha Djemaili

The club’s leading goalscorer this season in both the league and in all competitions, Djemaili has found the net on 10 occasions thus far, seven of which have come in the league. He last scored on February 10 with a brace that earned a 2-2 draw with Carshalton Athletic. 

The utility Misha joined Jay Devereux’s side in pre-season from Steyning Town, and has previously appeared for the likes of Corinthian Casuals, Ebbsfleet United and Leatherhead.

Recent Form – LWDDL

3/2 | Horsham (H) | Lost 2-1

5/2 | Aveley (H) | Won 1-0 (Essex Cup Quarter Final)

10/2 | Carshalton Athletic (H) | Drew 2-2

17/2 | Wingate & Finchley (A) | Drew 0-0

20/2 | Colchester United (A) | Lost 3-2 (Essex Cup Semi Final)

Previous Meetings

The side’s last (and first ever) meeting arrived back in October, with the Hawks and Hashtag playing out a 1-1 draw. 

Imran Kayani opened the scoring with a delicious curling strike, before Alex Teniola struck at the death to rescue a point for the visitors at a sunny Enclosed Ground.

How to Follow

If you can’t make it to Essex this weekend, then you can follow the action via our X (Twitter) channel, which can be found here.


Tickets for this league clash can be bought at the turnstiles on the day of the game for the following prices:

Adults: £12

Concessions: £7 (12-17, seniors 65+, students with valid ID)

U12: £3

U16s must be accompanied by an adult (max 3 under 16 in a party to one adult)

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