Season Ends In Disappointment But Hamlet Should Hold Heads High
Unfortunately, the time has come to check in with our pals at Dulwich Hamlet for the final time this season.
It has been exciting covering the side from Champion Hill with their extended exploits in the Ryman Premier League as well as cup competitions. If you have not been following their progress, be sure to have a look back through our Grass Roots articles this season.
LEAGUE: Havant & Waterlooville 2-1 Dulwich Hamlet
The month of April began with a tough trip to the eventual champions in what turned out to be a tight match up. Dulwich went in at the break with the lead thanks to a goal from Ibra Sekajja but the hosts leveled early in the second half. It looked like the two sides would have to settle for a share of the points but a late spot kick awarded with just five minutes to go was converted by the hosts who stole the win.
LEAGUE: Dulwich Hamlet 1-1 Leatherhead
Jimmy Bullard was the next to bring his Leatherhead side to Champion Hill. The former Hull City midfielder was naturally delighted to see the visitors take the lead with just twenty minutes to go. Dulwich had other ideas but did not find the much needed equaliser courtesy of Ibrahim Kargbo until the dying minutes of the game.
CUP: Dulwich Hamlet 3-1 Tooting & Mitcham United
In the quarter finals of the London County Cup, Tooting were the visitors. Dulwich proved too strong in the end after taking an early lead through Omar Koroma and doubling the lead thanks to Jacob Erskine within the first half hour. Tooting did make a things a little difficult with a goal back early in the second half but Nyren Clunis sealed a semi final spot with the third in the last minute.
LEAGUE: Dulwich Hamlet 3-1 Lowestoft
Back to league duty for the Hamlet and it was time to pick up more points as they pushed to secure a place in the play offs. It was that man Sekajja once again who got them off and running but it was not all one way traffic as the visitors equalised straight after the interval. There was no need to panic however as Dumebi Dumaka put the hosts back into the lead soon after. Things got worse for Lowestoft who went down to ten men before Panutche Camara took advantage and scored the third and secure the win.
LEAGUE: Merstham 1-4 Dulwich Hamlet
Dulwich were on form for their trip to Surrey as Gavin Tomlin got them on their way after just eleven minutes. Merstham brought the game back level straight after the break but Tomlin scored his second of the game before Mark Weatherstone and Michael Chambers capped off an excellent performance.
LEAGUE: Burgess Hill Town 0-3 Dulwich Hamlet
The Hamlet made light work of struggling Burgess Hill with the in form Tomlin, Sekajja and Camara all getting on the score sheet once again further strengthening the visitors chances of a play off place.
LEAGUE: Dulwich Hamlet 0-1 Grays Athletic
Bottom of the table Grays were expected to be turned over with relative ease and must have had some trepidation ahead of traveling to Champion Hill. They need not have worried as a last minute goal ensured they inflicted a shock defeat on their hosts.
CUP: Dulwich Hamlet 2-3 Cray Valley
At the semi final stage of the London County Cup, Cray Valley were the opponents while Dulwich must have had one eye on what was expected to be an appearance in the post season play offs. It was a tight affair as you’d expect for the latter stages of a cup competition but it was Cray Valley who took their place in the final by finding a winner in extra time.
LEAGUE: Wingate & Finchley 0-3 Dulwich Hamlet
Another professional display from the Hamlet saw them win convincingly on the road thanks to a brace from Sekajja and one from Camara against a Wingate side who also made the play offs in fifth spot.
Dulwich ended the season in 3rd place with 80 points from 46 games, twelve points behind Bognor Regis Town in 2nd and four points ahead of Enfield Town in 4th. Havant & Waterlooville won the title with 94 points.
SEMI FINAL: Dulwich Hamlet 4-2 Enfield Town
The hosts got off to the perfect start as Sekajja opened the scoring in the first minute. He doubled the lead half an hour later and within a further minute, Sekajja had his hat-trick and Dulwich were flying. The visitors grabbed one back before the break but Tomlin ensured Hamlet would be in the final with a fourth goal. The visitors scored a second late on but the hosts had already done what they set out to achieve.
FINAL: Bognor Regis Town 2-1 Dulwich Hamlet
The final turned out to perhaps be one game too far in a hectic season of cup commitments accompanied by consistent league form that saw Dulwich reach the post season play offs. Favourites Bognor, who finished just two points behind champions Havant, took the lead just after twenty minutes played and scored a second before the interval leaving the visitors with plenty to do. Dulwich found a way back into the game with a goal scored by Kargbo with a little more than ten minutes left to play. Unfortunately, Hamlet could not find an equaliser but it was not for the want of trying in front of a large away following that forced a delay to kick off.
It has been a pleasure covering Dulwich Hamlet this season in our Grass Roots feature. A huge thank you to the club who have been very interactive as well as the fans. For more information about the club, head over to the official website and follow their excellent account on Twitter. We wish Dulwich well for the future and TEB will certainly be keeping an eye on their results and the exciting plans for Champion Hill.
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We are aiming to continue with the feature next season due to its popularity and our commitment to help promote non league football clubs in our area. We have some decisions still to make but because we have enjoyed covering the clubs we have featured so far, we may expand on our coverage so watch this space!