RYAN Moss's 5th minute goal was enough for the Beavers to ease past Welling Utd in the Bank Holiday Monday heat but Dowse will want to follow it up with another win.
With players going out on dual registration or moving on to other clubs, the Beavers are still looking to complete the squad in one of two key areas.
This Saturday's visitors are Dartford and the last meeting, in April this year ended with a 3-1 Hampton loss at Princes Park, which given the team's long injury list, wasn't as bad a result as it looked. In the corresponding fixture at Beveree, the Beavers won 4-2 and Dowse would love to repeat that tomorrow.
Prices are the usual £12 for adults, £7 for concessions, £3 for under 16s and under 5 are free.
In addition, there will be a bucket collection for Cancer Research at the game, to help boost the charity fundraising, currently being undertaken by our press officer Rob Overfield.
If you can't make the game, then there will be text commentary on the club's twitter...
Hampton & Richmond Borough v Havant & Waterlooville. There cannot be many other matches that contain more characters in the teams’ names than the two facing each other this afternoon. There is a mere forty-two between them, and I’m sure there is some boffin out there who will find a fixture with more.
This got me thinking about names. Most of our supporters will be aware that Richmond Borough was added to the club’s name in 1999, to attract football fans from outside Hampton. The club has a nickname; like most clubs, The Beavers. Many nicknames are obvious, for example, The Reds, The Blues, The City or Town. Some are less so.
It used to baffle me why Everton are known as The Toffees. I sure many of you know the answer, but here it is just in case: “Ye Anciente Everton Toffee House” was very popular with fans because it was very near their stadium. When the club moved to their current home at Goodison Park, they were very close to “Old Mother Nobletts Toffee shop”, where they sold...
DOWSE paid an emotional farewell this week to Tom Jelley, one of the club’s stalwarts of recent times, as the full-back announced he was looking for regular football, probably at Isthmian Premier level.
“He’s been incredible for me,” said Dowse. “I just had to give him a hug after we’d spoken. He’s been incredibly loyal, helping to save us from relegation in my first season here and then sharing in our title win. I can’t speak too highly of him.
“He needs to play regularly and I can’t promise him that at present because we’re well served with defenders. I’ll do whatever I can to help him get a new club.”
Jelley was in the Ryman League team of the season when Hampton went up but has not been a regular choice in the National League South.
It has been a week of departures at The Beveree as Dowse has slimmed his squad after making one permanent signing and clinching three loan deals last week.
He has been in the unusual position of having to leave good players in the stand after...