Cup Exploits Continue For Dulwich
If you are new to this feature, then perhaps we should start with a recap.
The team here at TEB are advocates of non-league football and as such, our Grass Roots feature is now in its fourth season. We have lent our support to Sutton United, Croydon, Bromley and this season our focus has turned to Dulwich Hamlet. And what a season we have chosen to follow the team from Champion Hill.
Now it is time to check in on Dulwich to see how they fared during the month of February, and as it turned out, they only managed two league fixtures due to their cup commitments.
The month kicked off with a trip to National League side Braintree Town in the FA Trophy and even though it was a nervy affair, Dulwich secured a goalless draw to take their hosts back to Champion Hill. No-one could have guessed how the replay would play out but Ashley Carew settled some early nerves to put the hosts into the lead courtesy of a spot kick. The visitors scored to ensure it was all square at the break.
An own goal gave the hosts the lead for a second time just after the break and a little after the hour mark, Gavin Tomlin scored a third to put Dulwich in complete control. Braintree saw red and were reduced to ten men before Sanchez Ming added a 4th before conceding a disappointing second. There was nothing to fear however as Jacob Erskine sealed a first quarter final place since 1980 for Dulwich.
There was little time to celebrate as a trip to league leaders Bognor Regis beckoned and perhaps the cup form had stood them in good stead as an goal early goal from Matt Drage almost secured all three points only for the hosts to equalise late on.
Back to cup action and this time a trip to AFC Hornchurch in the Alan Turvey Trophy quarter final. After conceding late in the first half, Dulwich got themselves back level before the half time whistle thanks to Ibra Sekajja. A second for the hosts early in the second half put Dulwich under pressure but once again Gavin Tomlin popped up to score the equaliser with six minutes left to play and shortly afterwards Ashley Carew found a late, late winner.
For just the second time in the month, league duty came calling and Dulwich hosted Needham Market. Goals from Dipo Akinyemi and Jacob Erskine won the game for the hosts.
In the London Senior Cup, Barkingside were the visitors and faced the wrath of the hosts in a 7-1 defeat. Getting themselves on the score sheet were Drage, Sekajja, four from Akinyemi and Erskine. It turned out to be the perfect warm up before hosting Macclesfield in the FA Trophy quarter final but all seemed lost after less than 20 minutes as the visitors went two goals up. Quade Taylor set up an interesting second half with a goal to see Dulwich 2-1 down at the interval but it was the late show from Ashley Carew once again as he popped up to score the big equaliser with just three minutes left to play and send Champion Hill into raptures.
The deserved replay was scheduled for Tuesday 28th February but had to be postponed due to the poor weather conditions. The much anticipated rematch will now take place on 7th March.
- 04/02/2017: Braintree Town 0-0 Dulwich Hamlet (FA Trophy)
- 07/02/2017: Dulwich Hamlet 5-2 Braintree Town (FA Trophy)
- 11/02/2017: Bognor Regis Town 1-1 Dulwich Hamlet
- 14/02/2017: AFC Hornchurch 2-3 Dulwich Hamlet (Alan Turvey Trophy)
- 18/02/2017: Dulwich Hamlet 2-0 Needham Market
- 21/02/2017: Dulwich Hamlet 7-1 Barkingside (London Senior Cup)
- 25/02/2017: Dulwich Hamlet 2-2 Macclesfield Town (FA Trophy)
The FA Trophy replay at Macclesfield will take centre stage but whatever the result, it cannot detract from the league form as they face a task in catching up on fixtures with seven scheduled in March. First up, it is league duty as a trip to the South Coast awaits for the Hamlet as they visit 11th place Worthing. Next up, it is the FA Trophy replay at Macclesfield after the postponement. Should Dulwich see off the Silkmen and take their place in the semi finals, they will face Tranmere Rovers over two legs (11th and 18th March).
Before two away games in a short space of time against Tonbridge in the cup and league, Dulwich entertain Merstham who are 18th in the table. Fixtures keep on coming as Kingstonian (14th), Havant & Waterlooville (2nd) and Billericay Town (10th) all visit Champion Hill before the month is out ahead of a quick reverse fixture at Billericay. That is a tough fixture list but as ever, we wish Dulwich the best of luck.
- 04/03/2017 – Worthing (a)
- 07/03/2017 – Macclesfield Town (a – FA Trophy)
- 11/03/2017 – Merstham (h)
- 14/03/2017 – Tonbridge Angels (a – Alan Turvey Trophy)
- 18/03/2017 – Tonbridge Angels (a)
- 20/03/2017 – Kingstonian (h)
- 22/03/2017 – Havant & Waterlooville (h)
- 25/03/2017 – Billericay Town (h)
- 28/03/2017 – Billericay Town (a)
Dulwich end the month 9th in the Ryman Premier Division with 51 points from 32 games, three points behind Harlow Town in 8th and ahead of Billericay Town in 10th on goal difference. Due to their cup exploits, they have a number of games in hand over many of the teams above them.
Our next GRASS ROOTS article will be online in early April. 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.