PAUL Barrry admits he will wait on the result of a scan on Billy Jeffreys before deciding on whether or not to bring in a replacement for Alan Bray.
Bray will be sidelined for at least a few months after breaking his arm in Hampton & Richmond Borough's game against Met Police last Wednesday, which was abandoned due to the injury with Hampton leading 1-0.
With Darren Powell, who is joint manager with Barry at Beveree, picking up a knock after dusting off his boots for Saturday's 4-2 FA Cup win over Ashford Town (Middx), options at centre back are limited.
Barry said: “Alan's injury came at the wrong time for him as he was in great form, and we should have a better idea of how Billy is after his scan. He has something called 'runners knee', having gone into overdrive after spending the summer coaching in America.
“We're getting by with Max Hustwick and Powelly, and Stuart Lake can play there too, but after Powelly picked up a knock on Saturday we might have to look at bringing in a centre back either on a short term deal or permanently.”
Saturday's win featured a hat-trick for Joel Ledgister, and with Jordan Rocastle also in superb form, Hampton are not relying so much on Charlie Moone for goals now.
Barry said: “The difference on Saturday was Joel was always in the box – he's been spending too much time outside it. Suddenly we've got wide players putting crosses in and centre forward in the box to attack them – we've not been doing that enough, and Charlie has had to shoulder a huge part of the goalscoring burden.”
The goals continued to flow on Tuesday night, with midfelders Tom Hickey, Joe Turner and James Simmonds all responding to Barry's call to chip in with a goal each in a 4-0 hammering of Cray Wanderers in the Ryman Premier.
Hamptron have drawn Bedford Town at home in the next round of the FA Cup on Saturday week, before which they visit Bognor Regis tomorrow and Wingate & Finchley on Tuesday. The Met Police game, meanwhile, has been rearranged for October 22.