By Ben Lang
The Beavers return to league action on Saturday with an important trip to Hemel Hempstead.
Gary McCann’s side will be in good spirits having secured a vital 2-0 win over Dulwich Hamlet last weekend. Matt Whichelow and Chris Dickson scored early goals to help end Hampton’s run of five consecutive defeats during a testing festive period.
New loan signings Roy Syla and Nana Kyei were among the starting line-up named ahead of the victory and both looked promising on their Hampton debuts. The young duo look set to feature again on Saturday as they become more settled in their new surroundings.
The Beavers were also in Middlesex Senior Cup action during the week, facing Barnet in the quarter-finals. Despite losing 2-0, Hampton delivered a solid performance against their National League opponents which should only help boost the squad’s confidence heading into the weekend.
The opponents, Hemel Hempstead, sit 15th in the Vanarama National League South table, having failed to win a league game since a 1-0 victory over Dulwich Hamlet in early December.
An away win would see 16th-placed Hampton leapfrog their hosts in the standings as McCann’s side look to climb back up the league.
But this is no easy task against a side that boasts a highly impressive record on home soil. The Tudors have lost just once in their last 14 games at Vauxhall Road in a run that stretches back to September 8th.
The previous meeting between the sides this season saw the Hemel edge to a 2-1 victory back in August. Former Arsenal striker Sanchez Watt won the game with a stoppage-time header after Chris Dickson had opened the scoring for the Beavers in the first half. Incidentally, Beavers striker Karl Oliyide started for the Tudors in that match prior to his switch to the Beveree.
The match takes place at 3pm on Saturday 19th January. If you’re making the trip to Vauxhall Road, see ticket prices below:
Under 18: £5 if unaccompanied by a paying adult
Under 18: £1 if accompanied by a paying adult
Under 12: FREE if accompanied by a paying adult
Alternatively, we will be providing a live commentary service in addition to regular match updates. Both of which can be accessed via the club’s Twitter channel (@HRBFC).
Come on you Beavers!