Preview: Beavers Head To Bulpit Lane
Preview written by Darren Barnard.
Gary McCann’s team make a return to the National League South on Saturday when they travel to Bulpit Lane to face Hungerford Town F.C.
It’s easy to forget that Hampton & Richmond are without a win in the league since September 15th when they defeated Truro 2-0, thanks to goals from Chris Dickson and Charlie Dundas. However, a narrow defeat to Wealdstone and a loss to Billericay since then has halted their momentum.
The focus in the last week understandably switched to the FA Cup. The Beavers reached the 1st Round for the first time in 11 years after a win at Eastleigh and being drawn against former Premier League side, Oldham Athletic.
McCann will be hopeful that his side can use their recent performances in the cup, particularly their impressive display against Eastleigh last weekend to kick-start their league form again. Dickson’s winning goal against the National League outfit illustrated his form in front of goal as of late, and he will be looking to add to the eight goals he has already scored in the league this season.
Hungerford’s defence will definitely have a tough day ahead of them. The team from Berkshire have already conceded 30 goals in the league this season, which is the worst defensive record in the National League South.
The Crusaders currently sit third from bottom in the league and will hope they can begin to turn their season around after a stretch of six straight defeats, including a 2-1 loss to East Thurrock United last weekend.
A win for the Beavers could see them climb as high as fourth place, before they travel to Eastbourne on Tuesday and welcome Oxford City to the Beveree the following Saturday in a run of games against teams situated in the bottom half of the table.
It was a 3-1 win for Hampton & Richmond against Hungerford in March last season that kept their promotions hopes alive and fans will be hoping a win on Saturday will reignite their league form at this early stage of the campaign.
One To Watch
Danilo Orsi-Dadomo: Scored last time out in the last gasp loss to East Thurrock, taking his tally for the season to four goals.
If The Crusaders are to find a way out of their poor form, Orsi-Dadomo will be the key – having come back across the pond after playing for Fort Lauderdale Strikers in Miami.
Joining The Crusaders in 2012, Herring was initially appointed joint-manager alongside Jon Boardman in 2017 – before Boardman later left, leaving Herring to take up the position fully himself.
Herring has continued as Player Manager, making 5 appearances so far this year – but yet to win a game in his time on the pitch.