It's only five weeks since Hampton and Richmond Borough last visited Longmead, this is the fourth meeting between the sides this season, so we are starting to get a bit familiar with each other.
We do though have something to settle today because we haven't won any of the three other meetings this season. In September we conceded a last minute goal to lose 1-0 at the Beveree, on the 14th of December in the FA Trophy we drew 2-2 with it being our turn to score late, not once but twice. From 2-0 down D'Sean Theobalds' penalty in the last minute cut the defecit by half and Alex Bentley's deflected effort made it 2-2.
After the winner of the tie was drawn against Yeovil Town, a side who were playing in the championship six years ago, the replay could have had a bit more spice on a winter's Tuesday night, but Hampton came out 2-0 winners. Danilo Orsi-Dadomo scored the first goal on eight minutes with Ruaridh Donaldson making it 2-0 on the hour mark before things got even worse for the Angels when Christ Tiehi was stretchered off.
Since then, Hampton have dropped from ninth to twelfth in the league, six points above us with one fewer game played. Their games since our meeting were a 2-1 win at Dulwich, a 0-0 draw at home to Bath City, a 3-0 defeat in the reverse fixture at home to Dulwich on New Years Day, a 2-0 win at Concord, and last Saturday they played their FA Trophy tie at Yeovil and lost 4-0.
Ominously it's Hampton's away form which is currently stronger. Their last seven away games in the league have seen them win five, draw one and lose one. When we met them in September we were both looking like relegation candidates, but since then they've won at Welling, Hungerford, Braintree, Dulwich and Concord. To be fair, Hampton have barely played a league game at home in recent weeks. They beat leaders Wealdstone on the 16th of November but their only two home league games since then were the matches against Bath and Dulwich over Christmas.
You can read much more about Hampton & Richmond Borough’s current players and our overall record against The Beavers in our match day programme on sale just inside the turnstiles from 1pm on Saturday; price £2.50.