Alan Dowson’s eye for a bargain paid off to the tune of £3,250 at the weekend, but he is not expecting much more from the FA Trophy this season.

Jamal Lowe, signed after his release from Hemel Hemsptead Town last week, scored the opener to set Hampton & Richmond Borough on their way to a 3-1 second qualifying round win on Saturday.

“I’ve been trying to sign Jamal for a little while and he is a very good player,” said Dowson of his new arrival.

“Once he starts playing regularly he will score goals and he has already started very well.”

Goals from Tom Jelley and Charlie Moone finished the job at the weekend to set up a third qualifying round visit from National League South Maidstone United next week.

And while Dowson’s men will give it everything, the manager expects the run – which has collected £5,950 in valuable prize money – to end there, no matter how good his side is.

“You want to test yourself against the best and we will be confident and give it a good go,” he said.

“I’ve got a few ideas on how to stop them, but they have only conceded eight league goals this season.

“We have beaten them before, but if they play well, it does not matter how well we play, they will win.”