Hampton & Richmond boss Alan Dowson is keeping his head down and he wants his players to do likewise.

The Beavers are sitting pretty at the top of the Ryman Premier Division with a five-point cushion after a Tom Jelley penalty and Brendan Kiernan striker saw off Burgess Hill Town 2-1 on Saturday.

Defeats for nearest rivals East Thurrock United and Tonbridge Angels could have put a smile on Dowson’s face, but you would not know because he is not looking up.

He said: “All we can do is keep our heads down and keep going, keep working hard and make sure we do not have any slip-ups.

“We have a very tough run-in for the last seven games, playing four teams in the top 10 right now.

“But that is good, it helps us focus on what we need to do, and if the worst happen and we drop off the top, then these are probably the teams will be facing in the play-offs.”

He added: “I can promise you there will be lots of twists and turns between now and the end of the season.”

Dowson, who is at Weston Green School in Thames Ditton today (Friday) as part of Sports Relief, has a fully fit side for the visit to the Beveree of Billericay on Saturday.