Hampton & Richmond Borough defender Dean Wells says he can't wait for this season to end even if it's only to see the back of team mate Dave Tarpey for the summer.

Boss Alan Devonshire put Saturday's embarrassing 1-0 defeat at relegated Weymouth behind them with a 2-0 triumph at Thurrock on Tuesday.

Tarpey opened the scoring early in the second-half with a deflected effort to take his tally to nine for the season having spent much of his side's Blue Square South campaign out on loan.

Leon Yarnie made the game safe with a goal a minute from time, but it was his Beavers team mate who caught eye with another live wire performance.

And Wells admits Tarpey has become a thorn in the side for many a defender this season – himself included.

“It was a bit of a freak goal because it took a deflection and then spun past the keeper, but he's a striker and will definitely be claiming it,” he said.

“He has done well in the last couple of months. He is one of those players that is a bit like a mosquito.

“He's always buzzing around, he's small, nippy and runs all over the place. He's got great technique and always gets himself in good situations.

“He is every defenders worst nightmare and I should know because I have to defend against him in training.”

Hampton have become used to challenging at the top of the table in the last six seasons, but injuries, suspensions and departures have seen them finish in mid-table.

And Wells, who concedes there is only pride and Hampton futures at stake for this weekend's clash with relegation threatened Lewes, is already looking forward to next season.

“This has been the worst season in my six years here and if I'm honest I can't wait for it to end, so we can put it to bed and come back fresh next year,” he added.

“Everyone here prides themselves in their performance and that hasn't changed whether we have something to play for or not.

“There are people here playing for their futures. I'm probably one of them because I haven't kept up the same standards as last year and there is a few of us like that.

“There have been some good youngsters who have shown the right passion and stepped up to the mark.

“I want to stay and am out to prove to Dev I'm worth another year because next season could be a good one.”

Hampton's last game: Apr 24 Lewes (h).