It is little wonder Hampton & Richmond Borough hotshots Jamal Lowe and Nicke Kabamba have formed a good partnership at the Beavers – the pair are practically married.
The duo fired 35 goals between them in all competitions as boss Alan Dowson’s men lifted the Ryman Premier Division title last term and they have carried on where they left off.
Lowe netted his fourth goal of Hampton’s fledgling National League South campaign with the opener in Tuesday’s 4-2 win at Margate.
Kabamba netted his first of the season – his side’s fourth on the night – to sandwich further goals from Brendan Kiernan and Christian Jolley as Hampton made it three wins from four games so far.
And the pair’s success has come as no surprise to former Barnet youngster Lowe.
“Nicke [Kabamba] is a massive part of this team and why we have done so well. He works so hard,” said 22-year-old Lowe, who has given up work as a PE teacher and coach to concentrate on his football.
“Me and him get on so well on and off the pitch. We travel to training together, we travel to games together, we spend a lot of time together away from football.
“He works next to where my girlfriend’s dad works so I met him before we both signed for Hemel Hempstead Town.
“I bumped into him one week and then we were playing for Hemel the next. When he moved to Hampton, I saw him play there and decided I wanted a bit of that.”
Lowe, who lives in Uxbridge, started his career at Barnet and worked under Edgar Davids, Martin Allen (twice) and Mark Stimson before drifting into non-League football.
And, after last season’s league title win, believes he is having his best spell in the game since his time at Underhill.
“This is the best time I have had in football since I was 18 years old,” he added.
“We worked so hard during pre-season to make sure we were ready for the step up and it was all worth it. We’ve shown we have done the right amount.
“It is still early days but new boys have settled in well and we are ready for whatever the league can chuck at us.
“When we start playing the big teams like Ebbsfleet and Whitehawk we are going to be flying.”
Summer rumours that Lowe was set for a return to the Football League have so far proved unfounded, but Dowson expects the youngster to move on by the January transfer window.
And Lowe is happy for now.
“I heard about the rumours via the newspapers and social media, but it was news to me,” he added.
“No-one has contacted me and said they are interested in signing me. I’m happy playing football where I am.”
Hampton host Truro City on Saturday.