Hampton & Richmond Borough boss Mark Harper has admitted it was as much a case of shape up or ship out, as it was the club could no longer afford striker Tresor Kandol.

The former Leeds United front man was released by the club this week having barely played first team football during his brief spell at the Beveree.

The 28-year-old, who has a wealth of Football League experience under his belt, was a much-heralded signing when he pitched up at Station Road last month.

But Hampton’s money men finally pulled the plug on the agreement having failed to get a good enough return on their investment.

“If it was a case that he came here, was fit, banging in goals left right and centre and looking like the professional footballer he should, then I could justify the money,” said Harper.

“The club wasn’t in a position to sustain his wages.  He has been superb for us but he has had his injury problems and hasn’t met the club’s expectations.

“He is not happy, but what can you do? That is football.”

Harper was left frustrated at the weekend as Hampton were held to a 1-1 FA Trophy  draw by Blue Square South Chelmsford City after Charlie Moone had levelled Chelmsford's 53rd minute opener.

Monday’s replay was postponed due to a  waterlogged pitched and will now be replayed on December 3 with a trip to former League Two side Hereford United at stake.

“Frustrating is not the word. I’m bitterly disappointed because that tie should have been out of sight,” he added.

“With the replay was postponed meant we got it with both barrels. I think we are at a disadvantage at Chelmsford now because I don’t like the pitch or the place.”

The Beavers prepare for the visit of Margate tomorrow with a fully fit squad and Harper wants results.

“We’ve got big games coming that we need to win to stay in touch at the top,” he said.