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 Maidstone.”
Hampton went down 3-1 at home to Maidstone back in September but are a much changed outfit since then and have not lost since late November.
Their midweek 2-0 win over Wingate & Finchley was Hampton's fourth win in five league games, lifting them to 11 in the table but still 13 points off the play-offs.
Maidstone, who sit third, went down to a shock 4-1 defeat at struggling Thamesmead on Tuesday night, their first defeat since before Christmas.
Long term absentees Tom Hickey (broken nose) and Bradley Simmonds (fractured ankle) remain sidelined for Hampton, while defender Billy Jeffreys is a doubt after withdrawing late on before Tuesday's game.