By Matt Davison
It's only just over two months 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 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 continued their play-off campaign and tonight they sit three points off the play-offs. They have won six of the twelve games they've played since that day, winning at Dulwich, Concord, Dartford and last Saturday at Maidstone. Let's hope they don't make it a Kent double! They've also gained home wins against St Albans and Hungerford although they have been beaten at home by Dulwich, Slough and Weymouth.
Ominously it's Hampton's away form which appears to be much stronger than their home form. They have won their last four away games in the league, and they are unbeaten on their travels since losing to Weymouth on the 9th of November.