NEIL Jenkins is confident Hampton & Richmond Borough will not be relegated – as he is determined not to suffer a second successive demotion.
The veteran left-back was part of the Eastbourne Borough side who were relegated from Blue Square National last season, and who are now battling against Hampton to avoid the drop from Blue Square South.
The former Wimbledon, Southend and Crawley man joined the Beavers from Sutton United last month, and has already seen enough to convince him his new side will avoid the trap door.
He said: “I watched the side play a few times before I joined, and I would not have come here if I didn't think we had a great chance of staying up.
“I was at Eastbourne when they went down last season, and I don't want to be relegated again – and it's ironic Eastbourne are one of the teams we could send down if we stay up.
“We've shown in the last few games what we are capable of, especially against Dover, where it was a real injustice that we didn't win, which will hopefully spur us on.
“We can take real heart from performances like the ones against Dover and Truro. The lads are working so hard at the moment, from front to back, and we are hitting form just at the right time.”
Hampton, who visit Weston-super-Mare tomorrow and Dover again on Tuesday, were held to a goalless draw by Maidenhead United on Saturday.