When we started our game at Hampton and Richmond in September, Hampton were bottom of the National League South, but they go into today's game in a comfortable mid-table position. That win over us at the Beveree was seemingly the trigger for a recovery.
Hampton have won eight league games this season and two cup ties. After losing their first four games they got their first point at home to Billericay. As well as beating us they also beat Dorking, Chippenham, Welling, Hungerford, and Maidstone, and in November they not only won at home to leaders Wealdstone, they also scored four goals to win at Braintree. They won a replay at Billericay to get through to this stage of the FA Trophy.
Gary McCann is the man in charge of Hampton, taking over from Alan Dowson who left for Woking 18 months ago. But we have faced Gary a number of times as he was the manager of Hendon, who we met several times in our Isthmian league days.
This is the fourteenth meeting between the two clubs. The record so far is six Angels wins, five draws and two Hampton and Richmond wins. Our first two matches were in the third qualifying round of the 1991/2 FA Cup, when our opponents were simply Hampton (not Richmond). We came through a replay 3-0 with goals from Wayne Finch, Roly Graham and Lee Thompson to progress to a home game against Yeovil Town.
Hampton and Richmond's only victory here came in the Isthmian league in 2007 when they won 3-1. We have won the three home games since. Our only meeting here at step two was in October 2011 when a Frannie Collin penalty was enough for a 1-0 win. In 2014 Billy Medlock was in the middle of his prolific spell and scored both goals in a 2-0 win, and we did the double over Hampton for the one and only time when a Laurence Ball goal gave us a 1-0 away win later that season. On the Beavers' last visit to Longmead Luke Blewden's second half penalty gave us a 1-0 win in February 2016.
For much more information about their players, history and other fascinating facts, please read Matt Davison’s article on our visitors in Saturday’s match day programme.