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.
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.
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.
The pre-match cwtch.
Hamlet looked in total control from the start, confidently playing the ball around and launching waves of attacks.
The Rabble sing the praises of pink and blue.
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.
With Hamlet’s penalty maestro Erhun Oztumer unavailable, Kevin James stepped up to the plate.
The keeper read the kick and palmed the shot away. Bah!
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.
Hamlet come close.
Football, singing and beer. Perfect.
The crowd was 477 – not bad for a midweek game against a team with minimal support.
Bury Town certainly had a manager who liked to bellow. The Bellowing Bury Boss, if you will.
The first half ended in a frustrating 0-0. More beer needed.
Almost immediately after the restart, Dean Lodge surged down the right and hoofed the ball into the penalty area.
The ball found Xavier Vidal who emphatically troubled the onion bag with a rifling shot. 1-0 to the Hamlet!
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.
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.
A ‘G-Man’ conga breaks out in the home end.
The Rabble in full voice.
A selection of rousing songs from the expansive Dulwich Hamlet FC songbook are given an airing.
Full time, and it’s a win for Hamlet. Finally!
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.
The next game is this Saturday at home against Wingate & Finchley. We’ll be there!
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