Hampton & Richmond Borough vs Welling United preview
Hampton & Richmond Borough vs Welling United preview

After three league wins on the bounce, Welling United’s run was ended in a home defeat against promotion chasing Slough Town.

They have an early opportunity to bounce back as they visit Hampton and Richmond Borough on a Tuesday night but they can expect another tough challenge. The Beavers come into the game on the back of a come from behind victory away to Dartford.

When the two teams met in October, Hampton were struggling at the wrong end of the table but claimed a one-nil win at Park View Road. It was a scrappy game that had nil-nil written all over it but Luke Ruddick had other ideas and scored the only goal of the game. 

Since then, the Beavers have gone from strength to strength and are only four points outside the play-offs with two games in hand.

However, Welling manager Brad Quinton has no fears. He said “I’m looking forward to Tuesday night. I haven’t had one yet with this group of boys. 

“As a player, you always want to be playing more than you are training. They’re (Hampton) going to be worried about what we’re going to do and that’s the intention. No team in this league do I fear. We’re a good team. No matter where we play we’re a good team. I’ll look at the videos and clips at what we can do to exploit  them. They’re a good young team. They’re working hard for Gary (McCann) but so are we and we’ve been doing really, really well.”

Quinton will definitely be without Connor Dymond and Bradley Rolt, both completing their suspensions, and it’s unlikely that Rob Swaine will be ready to return following injury although it’s hoped that he is not too far away. Unless anyone suffers a reaction from Saturday’s game, all the other members of his squad should be available.

In their last home game, the Beavers won seven-one against Hungerford Town but their home game before that was a defeat against Slough. Their home form has been inconsistent with six wins and six defeats but it has included a victory against league leaders Wealdstone.

Last season’s corresponding game ended in a two-one victory for the hosts. Chris Dickson scored a brace either side of half time and although Danny Mills pulled one back with nine minutes remaining it was too little too late.

The Beveree has not been a happy hunting ground for Welling over the years but Quinton won’t be concerned about that and will be looking to increase the Wings’ away day winning run.