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Farnborough striker Dave Tarpey has admitted leaving Hampton and Richmond Borough after the club was relegated from the Conference South last season was a difficult decision but couldn’t see himself dropping down the leagues.
Tarpey, who scored 24 goals in all competitions for the Beavers last season said: “It was a difficult decision, I had a long chat with Harps and said I don’t really want to drop down to that league.
"If they’d have stayed in that league I probably would’ve stayed at Hampton, it’s a good club I really enjoyed every single minute I played there so it was a hard decision.”
The 23-year-old spent three years at the Beveree and was full of praise of the club and the tremendous support he’d received during his time at the club:
“The fans were brilliant, they supported even towards the last few games of the season when staying up was looking improbable. When it looked like we wasn’t staying up they stood by us, great set of fans and they’ve helped me through every single minute of my three seasons down there; great people.”
Despite the top scorer leaving, Tarpey is convinced Mark Harper can guide the club back into the Conference South next season and is already expecting to face his former club next year:
“He’s planning on trying to keep the main bunch of lads we had last season in there, and I’m sure they have the quality. In the cup games that we played against the lower league teams, we won – apart from the Arseley cup defeat which is a different matter.
"They’ve shown they’ve got the quality to beat the teams in the leagues below so I’ve got no doubt that they’ll be straight back up.”
Written by Ravit Anand - @RavitAnand