Hemel Hempstead are the latest team to pay a visit to Beveree Stadium this season, on easily the coldest weekend of the season so far. Icy overnight temperatures and a frosty morning will do little to cool the fiery determination of the Hampton & Richmond squad to overcome an unwanted National League South record.
Mel Gwinnett finds his team in fourth place, level on points with surprise package Aveley, and with a game in hand on play-off rivals Maidstone and Braintree. A dogged display at Chippenham last Saturday to secure a 1-2 away win means the Beavers are now eight unbeaten in the league, with just one draw in that run of games. Moving into December, that's now 2 months unbeaten for the TW12 side.
Hemel Hempstead, with two games in hand, find themselves in 12th, just one win away from propelling themselves into the play-off positions. A loss, a draw and three wins in their last five show a promising run of form that Tudor fans will hope can continue on Saturday.
The last time the two sides faced, Steve Bates, now assistant manager, took over as caretaker manager. An improved performance was ultimately not enough as Hemel went on to win 2-0 at Vauxhall road.
For Hampton & Richmond, this is now 14 league games without a win against the Tudors, with 12 of those being in the National League South. The last league win came in the second division of the Isthmian League, where Chick Botley Oversaw a 5-3 thriller away from home. Most recently, the Beavers found joy in the FA Cup in 2020, winning 0-1 away from home again in the fourth qualifying round.
Can Hampton & Richmond put this miserable run to bed, or will Hemel come back to haunt Beveree once again?
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