Hampton & Richmond Borough boss Alan Dowson is set to give his current crop of stars the first shot at life in the National League South.

Saturday's 3-0 win at Farnborough - care of goals from Eddie Hutchinson, Brendan Kiernan and Moussa Diarra - means the Beavers are on the brink of sealing the Ryman Premier League title in Dowson's first full season in charge at the Beveree.

A win at Grays Athletic this weekend could secure top spot and a return to the division they left in 2012 under Mark Harper, if results elsewhere go their way.

And 19-goal striker Nicke Kabamba has revealed the current chief wants to keep his promotion winning squad together for a crack at the second tier of English non-League football.

"The gaffer has already said he wants everyone in the current squad to be around for next season," he said.

"He is the best manager I have played under. His man management and his organisation of the team is brilliant, and he is so easy to talk to.

"It would be lovely to have the Ryman Premier League title on our CV and to put it on the CV of the gaffer who got us there."

Kabamba joined Hampton last summer on loan from Hemel Hempstead Town before making the move permanent in January.

He will reach his 20-goal pre-season target should he find the net in Essex on Saturday and he revealed it would be mixed emotions for him should Hampton claim the title.

"It is the first time my football career is going towards winning something," he added.

"This is the first season where I've just wanted it to end now so we have got the title in our back pockets, but at the same time you don't want it to end because it has been the best."

Kabamba's form has meant legendary striker Charlie Moone, who has scored more than 100 goals for Hampton, has spent much of the season on the bench.

Leaving this season's leading scorer to pay tribute to the strength of the squad that has Hampton on the edge of glory.

"It is important you have players like Charlie Moone around because it makes you play better," he said.

"You know that if you don't play well they will come in and take your shirt.

"It has been brilliant to have players there that can come off the bench and make a difference.

"Dowse has done well to keep a 20-man squad together and happy since July."