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.
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.
There was plenty of ebbing and flowing going on, with both teams playing attractive attacking football.
The result may have been disappointing, but the divots were plentiful.
It was a bumper day for #nonleaguedogs too with plenty of pooches milling around the ground.
Hamlet launched a series of attacks at the Wingate goal.
The Away Goalie Towel was a pleasing two tone affair.
Dumebi Dumaka equalised for Dulwich in the 21st minute.
The Rabble go whoop-de-do.
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.
A ‘key moment’ is soundtracked by the mass jingling of keys.
Matt Drage’s goal-bound header is kept off the line by a Wingate defender.
Wingate’s goalie, Shane Gore, indulges in some good natured ‘bantz’ with The Rabble.
At the other end, Preston Edwards saves a Wingate penalty.
Half time: 1-1.
The fearsome, terrorising, goalie-unsettling duo of hammer + extremely loud voice.
The Divot Destroyer sets about his dastardly work.
Mass football breaks out amongst the junior Hamlet fans.
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!
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.
Stewards new and old.
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.
A well wrapped up fan concentrates on the game 🙂
Hamlet looked the strongest team in the second half, but Wingate still presented a threat.
Dulwich were offered a New Year’s gift in the form of a penalty.
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.
This man sized dog was, if anything, too friendly.
Cute Pooch of the Day award winner.
It was great to also hear singing coming from the Toilets Opposite Stand.
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.
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