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Hampton and Richmond Borough – Season Preview 2019/2020

Hampton and Richmond Borough

2018/19 Season

National South: 15th

F.A Cup: 1st Round

F.A Trophy: 3rd Qualifying Round

County Cup: Quarter-Final

League Top Scorer: Chris Dickson (16 goals) / Average Attendance: 605

A cut in the playing budget was revealed by incoming Chairman, Jacques Le Bars in the summer to make the club sustainable, that was a blow for manager Gary McCann trying to rebuild the squad, but he still showed his commitment by signing a two year contract extensionA few days later the club announced that a grant had been approved to help improve the Beveree, failure to make the improvements could have put Hampton and Richmond Borough’s National South status in jeopardy. 

Chris Dickson top scored for the Beavers last season with 16 league goals, the former Charlton Athletic striker wasn’t offered new terms by the club along with Ricky Wellard and Simon Downer. Hampton and Richmond Borough also decided not to take up the option of keeping Tom Lovelock and Karl Oliyide, who were under contract. Craig Dundas scored four league goals for the Beavers last season, the striker returns to Sutton United as a fitness coach and to work with the U’s academy. Coming in, James Ewington made his name at Walton Casuals last term with a superb 39 goals in 38 games, the striker did join St Albans City but their style of play didn’t suit him so he returned to Walton Casuals and helped them stay on the Southern Premier League. Ewington will hope to replace the goals the Beavers will lose with the departure of Dickson. Cole Brown was a teammate of Ewington’s last term and managed 11 goals in 30 appearances for Walton Casuals, the pair will link up again. Defender, Tom Jelley left the Beveree in the 2017/18 campaign and returns to the club after making over 100 appearances in his last spell with Hampton and Richmond Borough. Likewise, Shaun McAuley will start his third spell with the Middlesex club having played for Kingstonian last term. Left sided midfielder Sam Deadfield makes the step up from the Southern Premier South joining from relegated Basingstoke Town. Louis Stead is another to arrive from a lower league, the midfielder joins from Beaconsfield Town. Barbadian international midfielder Louie Soares links up with the Beavers having spent most of last season with Slough Town. The experienced midfielder includes Bristol Rovers, Aldershot Town, Southend United, Grimsby Town and Alfreton Town in his playing career. MK Dons goalkeeper Laurie Walker has joined the Beavers on a season long loan, the keeper has had two seasons in the National South with Hemel Hempstead Town. Danilo Orsi-Dadamo scored ten league goals for Hungerford Town last term, the only player to reach double figures for the Crusaders, he makes the switch to the Beveree. Ruaridh Donaldson has moved to London to work, so finding Hampton and Richmond Borough seems a good fit for the left back who played for Stenhousemuir in Scottish League One.

The Manager – Gary McCann

Hampton and Richmond Borough had been keeping tabs on the great work McCann was doing at Hendon. When former manager Alan Dowson jumped ship to take over at Woking, the appointment of his replacement was swift. McCann first joined Hendon as a player in 1997 and then became the longest serving manager at the Middlesex club, where he won an Isthmian League Cup. He consistently kept Hendon in the Isthmian Premier League finishing runners up in 2015 and third last season, losing the playoff final to Dulwich Hamlet on penalties. Last season was McCann’s first at the Beveree guiding Hampton and Richmond Borough to a fifteenth place finish.

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 6 / Hampton and Richmond Borough wins: 4 / Draws: 2

Last Six Meetings

23.03.2019 Dartford 2 Hampton & Richmond Borough 2
17.11.2018 Hampton & Richmond Borough 0 Dartford 1
30.03.2018 Dartford 1 Hampton & Richmond Borough 0
02.09.2017 Hampton & Richmond Borough 2 Dartford 2
17.04.2017 Dartford 3 Hampton & Richmond Borough 1
29.08.2016 Hampton & Richmond Borough 4 Dartford 1

Facts

Dartford are unbeaten in five games against Hampton and Richmond Borough and have scored in their last eight versus the Beavers.

The Beavers have won just two of their last nine against the Darts, but in those victories they put four goals past Dartford in each game.

Last Ten Years

 

Next Meetings

Saturday 19 October 2019 at the Beveree

Saturday 8 February 2020 at Princes Park

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