Hammond gets his act together!

James Hammond is relishing the prospect of Saturday’s trip to leaders Billericay after rediscovering his form at Wealdstone. The former Colchester full-back admits he ‘lost the plot’ during pre-season and in the early weeks of the campaign when the likes of trialist Nathan Webb and even the now Stones skipper Wes Parker were placing his position in the first XI in jeopardy.  

However, having backed himself to see off all other pretenders to the No 2 shirt and re-established himself as first choice for boss Gordon Bartlett, Hammond is enjoying his football again. 

“I have to be honest and say my head went a bit during pre-season because I was having a torrid time. But once I got my head around the idea there are always going to be other people around vying for the position I realised I just needed to get on with it because I know I’ve got the ability to cement a place in the team.”

The 21-year-old’s return to form has coincided with an upsurge in Stones’ overall fortunes with just one defeat in the last seven and that on penalties in the League Cup. The visit to Billericay is the biggest test of that revival, particularly given Stones’ defeats to the likes of other front runners Cray and Lewis on the road at the start of last month. 

“I think games we would have lost earlier in the season we are now fighting them out and getting the narrow win or the draw. The way we are playing right now I don’t think there is much difference between us and the likes of Cray and Lewis. I really fancy this trip to Billericay because we feel we are playing well, the spirit is good and we are going to give it a right go.” Hammond on the team being more battle-hardened and ready for the challenge ahead

Courtesy Harrow Observer