Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

In a frustrating New Year’s Eve encounter watched by a bumper crowd of 1,910, Dulwich Hamlet failed to bag all three points against a well organised Wingate & Finchley.

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

Hamlet were on the proverbial back foot from the start, conceding an early back-heeled third minute goal by the impressively titled Reece Beckles-Richards.

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

There was plenty of ebbing and flowing going on, with both teams playing attractive attacking football.

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

The result may have been disappointing, but the divots were plentiful.

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

It was a bumper day for #nonleaguedogs too with plenty of pooches milling around the ground.

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

Hamlet launched a series of attacks at the Wingate goal.

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

The Away Goalie Towel was a pleasing two tone affair.

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

Dumebi Dumaka equalised for Dulwich in the 21st minute.

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

The Rabble go whoop-de-do.

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

Hamlet piled on the pressure and came close to taking the lead several times, but the traffic wasn’t just one way, with Preston Edwards being called into action several times at t’other end.

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

A ‘key moment’ is soundtracked by the mass jingling of keys.

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

Matt Drage’s goal-bound header is kept off the line by a Wingate defender.

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

Wingate’s goalie, Shane Gore, indulges in some good natured ‘bantz’ with The Rabble.

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

At the other end, Preston Edwards saves a Wingate penalty.

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

Half time: 1-1.

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

The fearsome, terrorising, goalie-unsettling duo of hammer + extremely loud voice.

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

The Divot Destroyer sets about his dastardly work.

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

Mass football breaks out amongst the junior Hamlet fans.

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

Visiting Champion Hill was FC United of Manchester supporter Karl Pearson was recently given the all-clear for testicular cancer.

Karl wanted to give something back so he set himself a goal of raising money by visiting as many non league grounds as possible and holding collections at them until the end of the season. All money that he collects will be presented by Karl to Cancer Research UK.

Great work Karl!

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

The tea bar table was disappointingly bereft of, well, everything. Hamlet really need to sort out ways of dealing with big crowds because the queues both at the tea bar and the upstairs bar were mahoosive.

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

Stewards new and old.

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

This new fangled advertising has appeared behind one of the goalmouths and doubles up as a handy ball net.

I’m not sure who designed it, but it’s a total disaster in terms of legibility.

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

A well wrapped up fan concentrates on the game 🙂

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

Hamlet looked the strongest team in the second half, but Wingate still presented a threat.

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

Dulwich were offered a New Year’s gift in the form of a penalty.

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

Unfortunately,  Danny Carr’s penalty kick was softer than many things: it was softer than a fluffy ball of cotton wool, softer than a ball of freshly spun candyfloss and softer even that the cute little dog that runs off with the soft toilet paper in the Andrex advert.

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

This man sized dog was, if anything, too friendly.

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

Cute Pooch of the Day award winner.

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

It was great to also hear singing coming from the Toilets Opposite Stand.

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

On the Hamlet forum, posters weren’t too impressed:

PD: Great crowd nearly 2,000. Shame the game was so FRUSTRATING to say the very least

and queues for bars, tea and lack of food – not acceptable anymore.
MUST be much better on 2nd January

PF: That was shit! What the f**k was Gavin doing taking off Carr that was pathetic and selfish he was our only recognised striker! Carew should have taken the penalty, we looked poor again on crosses into our box, Edwards doesn’t look assured at all.

Divots and dogs galore, but no victory as Dulwich Hamlet held at home by Wingate, Friday 31st Dec 2016

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