THE BRENTFORD factor helped Hampton & Richmond Borough land one of two new signings who helped them to a first win of the season on Saturday.
The Beavers handed debuts to full back Ryan Case and winger Alex Parson in the 1-0 win at East Thurrock which got Hampton off the mark in and moved them off the bottom of the Ryman Premier.
Both players came through the AFC Bournemouth academy, but it is Hampton joint-manager Darren Powell's links with one of his former clubs, Brentford, which helped land Parsons.
Powell (pictured) said: “I played at Brentford with Darren Freeman, who is now manager at Whitehawk, and with us needing some wide players to give the team some more width, I gave him a call.
“He mentioned Alex as a lad who had pedigree, and we got him on a month's loan. We will see where both parties are at the end of that month and if we want to extend it, but the danger is if Alex does well, Darren will want him back!”
Parsons played one full senior game for Bournemouth and has also turned out for Wimbourne Town and Bashley, while Case, who failed to play a first team game for the Cherries, has also featured for Wimbourne and New Milton, but has signed permanently.
Alan Bray scored the only goal of the game at East Thurrock, but while Powell admits the win lifted the pressure, he had not been worried about his side being bottom going into the game.
He added: “I don't even bother looking at the league table this early in the season. We've been trying to get the boys used to a new way of playing, and it's been taking its time.
“I believe we have been unfortunate not to come away with three points in some of the games, but the good thing is we have kept plugging away, and the belief is still there.”
Hampton now have two home games in four days, hosting Maidstone United tomorrow and Met Police on Tuesday, but will have to face Maidstone without striker Joel Ledgister, who sits out a one match ban for his red card against Wealdstone.