Back to front: Returning Hampton & Richmond Borough striker Dave Tarpey has set his sights on Ryman Premier League promotion Deadlinepix SP64327
It may seem from the outside that it is non-stop frustration for Hampton & Richmond Borough right now, but dig a little deeper and you will find a club in its best state for quite some time.
The rain may have severely hampered possible progress up the table, but joint manager Paul Barry says the lack of matches has let the club catch its breath.
The Beavers are playing to a different tune these days, and not just because the comfortable Christmas wins over title-chasing Kingstonian and Wealdstone landed them the Ryman League’s Performance of the Month award for December.
Hampton's joint-manager Paul Barry says his players are looking to make up for lost time when we tackle Carshalton this weekend.
It seem an age since the Beavers last kicked a ball in anger. The December 28 win over Wealdstone seems a very long time ago, but after two weeks without action thanks to a number of postponements there's confidence that it can be game on this Saturday.
And while Paul stressed the need for focus against one of the divisions strugglers when the media team caught up with him this morning, he says the enforced break shouldn't impact the feel-good factor after a strong end to 2013.
The Beavers are going for their third straight victory against a side with only one Ryman Premier victory to their name since September.
He said: "Hopefully we can get it on and get back to playing again. The players are chomping at the bit after the Christmas results and it's vital we get another three points in what will be a very tough local derby. The cup game...
Defender Alan Bray has joined Ryman South side Walton & Hersham on loan as he continues his recovery.
The aim is for the central-defender to get some game time in the league below and return ready for some first team action at Hampton in the near future.
Alan broke his arm in two places during the league match with Met Police in September - forcing the game to be abandoned. His recovery has been quicker than anticipated and this temporary switch will speed up his sharpness.
He is expected to make his debut for the Swans this Saturday, with their league match at home to Horsham.
Joint manager Paul Barry confirmed: "It's great for him to get out on loan for a while and play some football. The aim is for him to come back fit, so it's a win-win situation.
"The players we have added have really just been to get us back up to a good number. Obviously Dan Thompson leaving last week was a shock after speaking to him and his statement that he wasn't interested in going to Hayes...