Hamlet Continue Cup Exploits
Dulwich Hamlet ended 2016 challenging on several fronts having kept themselves involved in a number of cup competitions which began to have an effect on their league form. If you missed our December round up you can read it HERE.
The January fixtures were effected by both their continued cup involvement along with poor weather conditions but the new year kicked off in a positive manner. Struggling Hendon were the visitors but it was the hosts that went into the lead midway through the first half courtesy of Ashley Carew. Not long into the second half Kenny Beaney doubled the lead for Dulwich. Hendon scored what proved to be just a consolation as Hamlet secured their first win of 2017 at the first time of asking.
A trip to lowly Canvey Island followed and it turned out to be a disappointing loss away from home courtesy of a goal minutes from time. It was cup duty next as Faversham Town were the visitors to Champion Hill and were duly put to the sword thanks to goals from Rhys Murrell-Williamson and the ever reliable Gavin Tomlin. A late goal from the visitors was not enough to prevent Dulwich making their way into the next round of the Alan Turvey Trophy.
In the higher profile FA Trophy, Dulwich travelled to National League South side Whitehawk and returned with far more than perhaps even they expected. Incredibly, the Ryman League side went a goal down straight after the break but they kept their heads and found a way back into the game. Gavin Tomlin levelled with less that twenty minutes left on the clock and then shocked the hosts by doubling the lead with his second just minutes later. That was not the end to the scoring as Dulwich were in the mood, Ashley Carew sealing a place for Dulwich in the next round with a double of his own.
The month ended with a trip to one time league leaders Leiston and Dulwich got off to a great start with an early goal from Mark Weatherstone. The hosts did not take long to level things up but an Ashley Carew penalty put the visitors ahead for a second time with less than twenty minutes to play. Once again Leiston found an equaliser and the points ended up being shared.
- 02/01/2017: Dulwich Hamlet 2-1 Hendon
- 07/01/2017: Canvey Island 1-0 Dulwich Hamlet
- 10/01/2017: Dulwich Hamlet 2-1 Faversham Town (Alan Turvey Trophy)
- 14/01/2017: Whitehawk 1-4 Dulwich Hamlet (FA Trophy)
- 28/01/2017: Leiston 2-2 Dulwich Hamlet
February kicked of with an FA Trophy tie at National League side Braintree with a place in the quarter finals at stake. Cup games follow against Barkingside and AFC Hornchurch sandwiching a trip to league leaders Bognor Regis Town. The second half of the month begins with a home game against second placed Needham Market before a trip to lowly Merstham. The month ends with two more home games as 11th placed Kingstonian and 18th placed Leatherhead are the visitors.
- 04/02/2017 – Braintree Town (a – FA Trophy)
- 07/02/2017 – Barkingside (h – London County Cup)
- 11/02/2017 – Bognor Regis Town (a)
- 14/02/2017 – AFC Hornchurch (a – Alan Turvey Trophy)
- 18/02/2017 – Needham Market (h)
- 21/02/2017 – Merstham (a)
- 25/02/2017 – Kingstonian (h)
- 28/02/2017 – Leatherhead (h)
With mixed league form amid cup duty, Dulwich dropped a few places in the table come the end of the opening month of the year having accrued 47 points from 30 games played.
Our next GRASS ROOTS article will be online in early March. 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.