Millie Hawkins gives us a preview of this Saturdays National League South tie against Hampton and Richmond Borough which kicks off as a busy Bank Holiday weekend for the Beachboys
Who? Hampton & Richmond Borough
What? Vanarama National League South
When? Saturday 28th August 2021 – 3 pm
Where? Aspect Arena, Thames Raod, Canvey Island, SS8 OHH
Cost? Adults £12, Concessions £7, 12-16 £3. Emergency Services and members of the Armed forces GO FREE (ID Required)
This weekend Concord Rangers return to the Aspect Arena to host Hampton and Richmond Borough in the Vanarama National League South. The beachboys will be looking to keep their good momentum going after coming from behind to level the score at 3-3 last week against Oxford City. The last time Concord and Hampton met was back in January 2020 where it was the Beavers who claimed all three points after defeating the beachboys 2-0.
Hampton & Richmond Borough have gained three points in their opening two league games. They got off to a flying start after securing a 5-0 win against Eastbourne Borough on the opening day, however, the beavers suffered a 2-1 defeat last week at home to Havant and Waterlooville losing to a last-minute goal scored by former Concords Rangers frontman Alex Wall. Hampton in many peoples views were the surprise package last season as the Beavers finished the curtailed season just inside the playoffs thanks to 9 wins in 17 games. Having kept most of that squad together including the talented Ryan Gondoh manager Gary McCann will be looking to make a serious push for promotion again this season.
Ones to watch:
Concord Rangers – Aron Pollock: The beachboys’ captain has been an excellent asset to the club so far in his career and this season has been no different. He has been a standout player in both of the opening games, contributing to a clean sheet against Dorking Wanderers and getting on the scoresheet last week against Oxford City.
Hampton & Richmond Borough – Kadell Daniel: Daniel joined the club before the start of the 2021/22 campaign and has proved to be a key asset for the beavers so far this season, scoring two goals in two games. The striker has also had experience at various different levels of the football pyramid, including clubs such as Kingstonian, Margate, Dover Athletic, Charlton and Crystal Palace.