When: 30th March 2019
Where: Station road, Hampton, TW12 2BX
Last weekend saw more twists and turns in the relegation battle. With Weston and East Thurrock seemingly being cut adrift it looks either one of Hungerford, Gloucester, Truro, Dulwich, Eastbourne or Hampton will be relegated. This match therefore provides a big opportunity for both teams to claim a vital three points. For Hampton it will all but secure their national league south status for another year. Whilst for Hungerford, depending on other results, it could drag themselves out the bottom three. With only 5 matches to come after this one, this clash at the Beveree could be crucial.
Form guide- The hosts picked up a point away at Dartford last Saturday, a good response from a 4-1 home defeat to Concord Rangers a week earlier. That followed on from a narrow 1-0 away defeat to Bath City. The visitors are unbeaten in their last 4 league games. They’ve won their last 2 away at Billericay Town and Eastbourne following draws against Weston-Super-Mare and Woking.
Team news- Hampton signed goalkeeper Ashley-Maynard Brewer and midfielder Jordan Simpson on loan from Charlton and Forest Green Rovers last week and the duo are in line to make their home debuts. Town will assess Rhys Kavanagh, Lewis Leigh-Gilchrist and Dan Bailey who all couldn’t take part versus Billericay through injury. There’s no time scale for left back Matt Jones’s return so if, as expected, he’s still out then Darren Foxley will continue to deputise as he did last weekend.
Star man- Beavers striker Chris Dickson has contributed 16 goals for the London club this season including a late goal last weekend versus Dartford. Dickson will be the host’s main attacking threat but at the other end of the pitch will be the Crusaders Danilo Orsi-Dadomo. The striker has hit 10 goals this season and his late double over Billericay last week could be massive for Hungerford at the end of the season.
Head to head- Earlier on in the campaign, Town beat Hampton 2-0 at Bulpit Lane. Last season the Beavers won 3-1 at the Beveree after an entertaining 2-2 draw in Berkshire. In 2016/17 the Crusaders lost both games 3-1 at home and 2-0 away.