An impromptu conga line breaks out as Dulwich Hamlet record their first win in 8 games against Bury Town

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Dulwich Hamlet registered their first win in eight games last night, as the home team battled off a resilient Bury Town to emerge victors 1-0.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Although Hamlet’s recent form has been pretty dire – L L L L D D D – an inspired fightback against league leaders Wealdstone on Saturday suggested that a corner had been turned, and a big win was expected against a struggling Bury team.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Buoyed by a boisterous Rabble, Hamlet only managed to emerge winners by a solitary goal, and retained their rather precarious second place in the league.

Here’s some photos of the action.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

The pre-match cwtch.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Hamlet looked in total control from the start, confidently playing the ball around and launching waves of attacks.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

The Rabble sing the praises of pink and blue.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Hamlet were awarded a penalty early on in the game when Xavier Vidal was brought down in the box.

It appeared to be a really soft call, but was surprisingly met with little protest from the Bury players.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

With Hamlet’s penalty maestro Erhun Oztumer unavailable, Kevin James stepped up to the plate.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

The keeper read the kick and palmed the shot away. Bah!

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Bury Town almost had more flags than fans, with just a hardy handful making the trip to south London from Suffolk.

“F*ck off back to your farms before we collectivise them,” quipped a familiar voice on the Hamlet terraces.

You don’t hear that kind of banter very often at football games, you know.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Hamlet flags.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Hamlet come close.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Football, singing and beer. Perfect.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

The crowd was 477 – not bad for a midweek game against a team with minimal support.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Bury Town certainly had a manager who liked to bellow. The Bellowing Bury Boss, if you will.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

The first half ended in a frustrating 0-0. More beer needed.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Almost immediately after the restart, Dean Lodge surged down the right and hoofed the ball into the penalty area.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

The ball found Xavier Vidal who emphatically troubled the onion bag with a rifling shot.  1-0 to the Hamlet!

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Terrace celebrations.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Although the home crowd had hoped that the goal would galvanize the team, the expected domination of the second half never materialised, with Bury coming back into the game.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Bury missed several chances in front of the Dulwich goal, and  were unlucky not to have equalised when a header bounced off the post and ran along the goal line.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

A ‘G-Man’ conga breaks out in the home end.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

The Rabble in full voice.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

A selection of rousing songs from the expansive Dulwich Hamlet FC songbook are given an airing.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Full time, and it’s a win for Hamlet. Finally!

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

A celebratory bottle of something with a far-distant relationship to champagne sprays the crowd.

Even if Hamlet fail to make the play offs, it’s still been an incredible season for the club, given that we were only promoted last season.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Bury Town 0, Champion Hill, south London, Tuesday 1st April 2014

The next game is this Saturday at home against Wingate & Finchley. We’ll be there!

Get behind the Hamlet!

Dulwich Hamlet info:
Dulwich Hamlet Football Club
Champion Hill Stadium
Edgar Kail Way
East Dulwich
LONDON
SE22 8BD
Tel: 020 7274 8707
[Map location]

Join the Dulwich Hamlet Supporters’ Trust

ADMISSION PRICES
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Under 12s FREE accompanied by a paying adult.

Update: County name corrected.