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....