by Tim Street at 1:36 PM
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24 Jan 2014 13:24

Beavers boss backs Maidstone in their pitch battle with Conference South chiefs

Hampton & Richmond Borough manager Paul Barry

Paul Barry has added his support to Maidstone United's efforts to be allowed to play in the Conference South with a 3G pitch.

The Stones are among the Ryman Premier promotion hopefuls, but as it stands, would be denied entry to the Conference South due to their synthetic surface.

Barry takes his Hampton & Richmond Borough side to Maidstone tomorrow, and had given his side's opponents his backing in their pitch battle, but admitted he couldn't see one being put in at Beveree any time soon.

He said: “It's farcical that you can play Champions League football on a 3G pitch, but not in the Conference South. There won't be many clubs at this level who can afford to install them, but if clubs want to go down that route they should be allowed to. It works well enough for...
by Tim Street at 12:23 PM
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24 Jan 2014 11:54

Simmonds joins Hickey on the sidelines for Beavers after fracturing his ankle

Bradley Simmonds in action for Icelandic side IBV

Paul Barry admits he didn't know whether to laugh or cry when finding out former QPR man Bradley Simmonds will be out for up to six weeks.

The Hampton & Richmond Borough boss could be forgiven a smile, as it means he now won't lose the talented midfielder to the continent during the transfer window.

Indeed, Simmonds, who only re-joined the club in November following a spell playing in Iceland, had said he expected to be off in January, and was hoping for a return to Scandinavia.

However, Barry was also genuinely gutted – not only over losing his midfield maestro, but also over the fact that Simmonds was not able to secure a move back up the footballing ladder.

He said: “Bradley has fractured his ankle and will be out for a while. It is poor timing for the kid, and I am...
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Charlie Moone has put both his and the team's fantastic form down to the closest dressing room he's played in.

Charlie is in amongst the country's highest-scoring strikers, his wonder-goal against Wingate in midweek was his 31st in all competitions.

Now, ahead of the club's visit to Maidstone United on Saturday, he has explained the reasons behind the team's upturn in fortunes – attitude and togetherness.

It's game on this weekend no matter how much rain falls with the Stones immaculate 3G pitch able to withstand everything Mother Nature throws our way.

And while Paul and Darren can plan ahead properly without turning to weather watching, their top scorer is hoping it will be fantastic on plastic with Hampton unbeaten in eight.

He said: “We've shown we can cut it against the good sides in this league already – last weekend against Dulwich we were superb second half, and as everyone knows we've won well against Kingstonian and Wealdstone as part of this great run.