Tomorrow Hampton have to face a very tricky FA Cup 3rd qualifying round tie as they must try and navigate a way past Evo-Stik Southern League One West club Cinderford Town.
Although the Foresters have had an uninspiring start to the season, sitting 17th in the division, a cup tie against the Beavers will surely make them raise their game.
Hampton have had a mixed time against clubs from this level; including this tie, all 5 of their last Cup and Trophy matches have been against clubs from step 4 (AFC Dunstable, Taunton Town, Royston Town and Potters Bar Town) with only the Scholars and the OD's being overcome.
The Beavers will be without Bradley Hudson-Odoi, as Sutton Utd do not want him cup-tied, but everyone else will be available including Malachi Napa, whose loan has been extended at the club .
For those not able to make the match, then the usual @HRBFC text commentary will be available through the afternoon.
I expect most of you have either read or heard about the ex-Premier League winner and former England International who is hoping to have another sporting career. Rio Ferdinand is in training with aim to secure a professional boxers licence. This has raised more than a few eyebrows, with many asking why?
Why indeed, would someone at the age of 38 want to put himself through all the pain to become a boxer. Unlike some who go down this path, it is not for the money, but because he misses the challenge and competition of being an elite sportsman. It is also a way for him to cope with the loss of his wife to breast cancer, a couple of years ago.
Many top sportsman and women find it difficult to adjust to life after they retire.
Indeed, many suffer from chronic depression as they struggle to cope with life away from their “stage”. I am glad to say that there is more help at hand these days, especially in the form of chaplaincy.
The club chaplain, does not have a magic wand to change...