FRUSTRATING as the outcome proved, Hampton’s seventh (of eight) pre-season games at Southern League Farnborough on Saturday provided manager Gary McCann with more insight into how his final squad will take shape.
This game – and the previous one at Leatherhead – were a chance for him to give the remaining triallists a good run-out before deciding on who and who doesn’t make the cut.
The day after the Leatherhead match, he had released four players, including Tom Jelley and Michael Kamara. This time, there were individual discussions with a number of other players following the 2-1 defeat at Cherrywood Road.
Decisions have to be made in the next three days and we will have a better idea of the team to face Slough next Saturday, in the NL opener, after tomorrow night’s friendly with Barnet.
Gary will be looking for more ruthlessness than his team showed here. Farnborough were penned in their own half for most of the game, but the Beavers could not make the possession pay off....
Hampton & Richmond Borough have completed the signing of experienced forward Chris Dickson, as Gary McCann looks to bolster his attacking options.
Beavers fans will be familiar with Dickson, who started in the Vanarama National League South play-off semi-final against Hampton for Chelmsford – on a day where the Beavers came out on top.
Dickson’s career has certainly been an interesting one, having spent a total of five seasons playing in Cyprus, before moving to China. Chris also has Football League pedigree, having joined Championship side Charlton back in 2007, where he made 29 appearances. Dickson also made two appearances for Ghana, having made his debut in 2008.
Beavers fans who came to the Oxford United game on Saturday would have seen Chris start the game, and indeed score the winner as the Beavers overcame the U’s 2-1.
The Beavers are back in action tomorrow evening, as they head to Imber Court to take on Met Police, kicking off at 7.45pm.