Bishop’s Stortford will look to make it three wins from four Vanarama South games when they travel to Hampton & Richmond Borough on Saturday.
The Beavers are on the edge of the play-off race in eighth place with 42 points from 25 games, but their recent form has been patchy with only ten points from their last night games and no wins in three matches. In common with Blues, their form on the road has been more impressive than at home with 25 of those points coming from away games.
The game at Beveree will give Stortford the chance of revenge as a late mistake from Claudio Vilcu gifted the Surrey side a 1-0 win at the ProKit UK Stadium on the opening day of the season, and the Ryman League champions continued that good start to the season and as still in the hunt for a second straight promotion.
“Even through we weren’t great in the second half at Bath [a fortnight ago] we could have got something from the game, so hopefully things are changing for the better” said Blues’ skipper Phil Walsh after last week’s 1-0 victory against Concord Rangers.
Walsh knows what to expect from high-flying Hampton:
“I was injured when Chelmsford played them, but their team hasn’t changed much since I played against them last year in the Ryman League. I’ve played against their manager, and he builds a hard working side who can play the ball around or be direct.
“They have some dangerous players but Chelmsford should’ve beaten them that day. It’s a proper non-league ground and I imagine there will be a decent atmosphere and I’m looking forward to the game. It’s another one we need to get something from to move up the table.”
This week has seen Hampton active in the transfer market with manager Alan Dowson, adding Alfie Pavey from Millwall on a month’s loan and 19-year-old midfielder Wesley Fonguck on a similar deal from Barnet. Also joining the Beavers this week is former Blues’ striker Duncan Culley who joins from Lewes.
While last Saturday’s 1-0 win against Concord Rangers wasn’t enough to lift Blues out of the bottom two, it did move them within four points of safety and the two midweek games involving fellow strugglers Whitehawk and Gosport Borough went in our favour with both sides suffering defeats.