As stadium delays keep Tottenham away from their spiritual home well into 2019 and potentially through to the end of this season, it’s possible the biggest match of the campaign within range of White Hart Lane will be played this Saturday.
It’s not Spurs. It’s not Arsenal, either.
That’s because at 3pm on Saturday afternoon at Coles Park, Hashtag United and White Ensign will face off in a top of the table meeting in the Thurlow Nunn League title chase. It simply doesn’t get much bigger than this one in the tenth tier of English football.
“Hashtag United vs White Ensign is potentially the biggest game in Hashtag’s short history,” Hashtag United team founder Spencer Owen said.
🚨NEXT MATCH 👇
⚽️ vs @EnsignOfficial
📆 Sat 26th Jan
🗺 Coles Park N17 7JP
🚇 Wood Green
💰 £4/£2 conc/FREE U/12
This game will have serious implications on the title race.
See you there? pic.twitter.com/NjSK1VqNvo
— Hashtag United (@hashtagutd) January 21, 2019
Hashtag United, the club spawned from a YouTube channel created by Owen in 2013, have found immediate success playing in their first league campaign. The club head into the weekend as league leaders with 55 points and looking to fight off three separate challengers all sitting within four points of the top. Second-placed White Ensign, meanwhile, trail Hashtag United by just two points, and will arrive in North London having won three of their last five matches.
The visitors defeated Hashtag United 2-0 in the reverse fixture back in August in what was only the club’s third-ever league match. The hosts have recovered soundly since to skyrocket up the league.
With greater experience and the confidence of a strong extended run under their belts, Hashtag United enter this second meeting in a much better position and appear prepared to maintain their spot at the top of the table.
“They beat us 2-0 in only our 3rd ever league match back in August in a game that easily could have gone the other way,” Owen said. “Now, 5 months later, we have improved a great deal and are hoping to give a much better account of ourselves this time around.”
So if you’re looking for some fiercely competitive football on White Hart Lane this weekend, get yourself down to Coles Park.