Hamlet Hit Fine Form To See Out The Year
The last time we checked in with Dulwich Hamlet, they were well placed in the Ryman Premier League but did they end 2016 in similar fashion? Lets find out in our latest round up from Champion Hill.
The busy month of December began with a trip to Folkestone Invicta. A penalty right before the break put the hosts in front but Dulwich fought back and found an equaliser with ten minutes left to play from Dumebi Dumaka.
Next up was a midweek home clash with Staines Town. Dumaka grabbed his second goal in as many games to give Dulwich an early lead only for the visitors to level minutes later. Vasileios Karagiannis converted a penalty shortly into the second half to give the hosts the lead once again and the writing was on the wall for Staines as they were reduced to ten men with a little over quarter of an hour left to play. Sealing the 3-1 win was Nyren Clunis with the decisive third.
In a break from league action, trophy fever hit Champion Hill as Royston Town were the visitors in the first round proper of the FA Trophy.
It was a tightly contested affair that was goalless at the break and then it all happened. The visitors fired themselves into a two goal lead twenty minutes into the second half leaving the hosts with it all to do. Clunis was again on target to pull a goal back to give Hamlet every chance just two minutes later. Danny Carr was the hero to level things up in the dying minutes but there was still time for Gavin Tomlin and an opposing player to receive a red card as well as both managers being sent to the stands after tempers flared before the final whistle.
It took just one late goal in the replay from Clunis, who continued his hot streak of goal scoring form, to send Dulwich through to the second round amidst jubilant scenes from players, management and fans alike.
It was back to earth with a bump as the visit of Tonbridge Angels ended in defeat, notably the only loss of the month. The visitors took the lead midway through the first half but Hamlet leveled thanks to an own goal early in the second half. It looked to be advantage to the hosts after Tonbridge went down to ten men with eight minutes left to play but it seemed to work in their favour as they found a winner in the dying minutes to take all three points.
Normal service was resumed in what turned out to be a quite bizarre game at Kingstonian. With hardly any time on the clock at the start of the game, Dulwich had Sanchez Ming sent off. However, that did not stop Clunis to find the next once again giving Dulwich a fifth minute lead. There was no further scoring in the game although the hosts had a player sent off in the last minute to level up the numbers.
The in form Dumaka and Clunis scored a goal a piece to see off Grays Athletic on their travels before ending the month with a 1-1 draw at home to Wingate & Finchley. Dumaka again was on target to level things up after an early goal for the visitors.
- 03/12/2016 – Folkstone Invicta 1-1 Dulwich Hamlet
- 06/12/2016 – Dulwich Hamlet 3-1 Staines Town
- 10/12/2016 – Dulwich Hamlet 2-2 Royston Town (FA Trophy)
- 13/12/2016 – Royston Town 0-1 Dulwich Hamlet (FA Trophy)
- 17/12/2016 – Dulwich Hamlet 1-2 Tonbridge Angels
- 19/12/2016 – Kingstonian 0-1 Dulwich Hamlet
- 27/12/2016 – Grays Athletic 0-2 Dulwich Hamlet
- 31/12/2016 – Dulwich Hamlet 1-1 Wingate & Finchley
The New Year kicked off with games against two struggling sides, Hendon at home and then a trip to Canvey Island. Then it was the third round of the Alan Turvey Trophy as Dulwich entertained Faversham Town ahead of the big FA Trophy second round trip to Whitehawk. The month ends with league trips to Billericay, Leiston and Merstham either side of a London County Cup game at home to Barkingside.
- 02/01/2017 – Hendon (h)
- 07/01/2017 – Canvey Island (a)
- 10/01/2017 – Faversham Town (h – Alan Turvey Trophy)
- 14/01/2017 – Whitehawk (a – FA Trophy)
- 21/01/2017 – Billericay Town (a)
- 24/01/2017 – Barkingside (h – London County Cup)
- 28/01/2017 – Leiston (a)
- 31/01/2017 – Merstham (a)
Dulwich ended the year in 4th place and within touching distance of Havant & Waterlooville in 3rd having accrued 43 points from 28 games. However, there are teams below them with games in hand heading into the January fixture list.
TEB wishes Dulwich Hamlet the best of luck in their FA Trophy second round tie away at Whitehawk this weekend.
Our next GRASS ROOTS article will be online in early February. If you are a Dulwich fan and would like to provide us with your views on the club between now and the end of the season, please contact us.