21 Dec 2013 07:00 Barry hopes Margate will not have had time to gel yet, writes Jon Batham Old friends: New Margate manager Terry Brown Relieved Hampton & Richmond joint-boss Paul Barry believes this weekend’s trip to Margate has come just in the nick of time. The Gate this week announced ambitious stadium redevelopment plans thanks to increased funding being pumped into the club by new owner Bob Laslett. It follows last week’s appointment of former AFC Wimbledon chief Terry Brown as manager at Hartsdown Park, in what looks to be an exciting new era for the club. But with Brown having only been in charge for a matter of days and still working to bring in fresh blood, Barry hopes the Beavers have dodged a bullet. “I’ve been following the developments,” he said. “Hopefully, we’re playing them at the right time. I think Terry has only been in there for just over a week, so he might not have had long enough to get the group of players he wants to get together. “We’re hoping we’ve caught them at the right time. I’d imagine in a few weeks they’ll be a real force.” Margate’s new-found wealth makes them the envy of many teams in the Ryman Premier, but Barry does not have a problem with Laslett’s heavy investment. “It’s their prerogative,” he continued. “If someone’s got money and wants to invest it in a football club then good luck to them. If they invest the money wisely they will do very well. There’s no point complaining about it though – you’ve just got to get on with it and think of it as being a good test.” The Beavers will be without Aaron Wickham for the next few weeks, as he broke his foot in only his third game for the club on Saturday. He was forced to come off as 10-man Boro were denied victory at the death by Lewes, Nathan Crabb’s last-gasp effort cancelling out yet another Charlie Moone strike. Meanwhile, Hampton & Richmond have been looking for reinforcements and have been running the rule over four potential new faces this week. Barry and co-boss Darren Powell were due to make a decision on the recruits on Thursday ahead of the Margate game and the Boxing Day derby with Kingstonian. This entry passed through the Full-Text RSS service — if this is your content and you're reading it on someone else's site, please read the FAQ at fivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.