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Chi ready for big challenge against leaders

Chichester City will be out for revenge tomorrow when they host Hastings United.


The leaders come to Oaklands Park fresh from a damaging 3-0 reverse at home to second-placed Ashford United last weekend in front of a 1,189 strong crowd at their Pilot Field home.


City lost 5-1 earlier in the season when a side hungover from an epic FA Cup run were pulled apart at the same venue by a ruthless United.


A 3-0 victory on Guernsey puts Miles Rutherford’s side in good spirits for the re-match on their home patch.


And coach Darin Killpartrick believes the game will be a great gauge of Chi’s progress since moving up to BetVictor South East this season.


Killpartrick told The Post: “In my opinion, they are the best team in the league.


“I believe what they have done down there is excellent and it will be a great challenge to our players.


“It is an opportunity to see how far we have come and it will be a good measuring stick for us now.”


The two teams met on December 7 shortly after Chi’s FA Cup clash with Tranmere.


Killpartrick added: “They caught at a good time last time as it was on the back of the FA Cup run.


“We were fatigued but I still maintain they are the best team in the league and it will be a great challenge to see how far we have come.”


Chichester’s trip to Haywards Heath’s Hanbury Park on Tuesday was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.


That was a major disappointment admits Killpartrick after Chi’s impressive 3-0 win at Guernsey last Saturday.


Goals from Kaleem Haitham, Gicu lordache and Josh Clack saw Chi snap up the points in the Channel Islands.


Chi had to wait to just before the break to take the lead.


Haitham pounced on a loose ball and made no mistake to beat home goalkeeper Callum Stanton.


The lead was doubled after 52 minutes when Iordache seized on a wayward pass before rifling home to give Stanton no chance.


Clack wrapped up victory with a 90th-minute finish as Chi moved up to seventh with the win.


Killpartrick said: “It was a decent win and we probably played our best football for a long time.


“I have been waiting for that to happen and I wish we could have kept the momentum going on to Tuesday’s game against Haywards Heath and then Saturday.


“That would have been ideal but we cannot control the weather.


“We played some good football and our game-management was excellent at last.


“That was what really impressed me.”


Chi are at Whitehawk on Tuesday as they face another top five side.

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