Dulwich Hamlet rock into 2017 with a convincing victory over Hendon FC

Dulwich Hamlet start the new year with a convincing victory over Hendon, Monday 2nd January 2017

Thermals were required wearing at an extra-chilly Champion Hill yesterday afternoon as Dulwich Hamlet swept aside struggling Hendon in a game they could have won by a far greater margin.

Another big crowd of 1,146 were inside the ground, although some preferred to save a few quid and watch from over a fence, 1930s-style (see above).

Dulwich Hamlet start the new year with a convincing victory over Hendon, Monday 2nd January 2017

There was a 3pm kick off for this Bank Holiday Monday game, and Hendon got off to a snappy start as Dulwich had trouble holding on to possession.

Dulwich Hamlet start the new year with a convincing victory over Hendon, Monday 2nd January 2017

Hamlet soon found their feet and began to take control.

Dulwich Hamlet start the new year with a convincing victory over Hendon, Monday 2nd January 2017

Shots were coming in from all directions, but credit goes to Hendon’s keeper, Tom Lovelock, who made a couple of fine saves.

Dulwich Hamlet start the new year with a convincing victory over Hendon, Monday 2nd January 2017

Dulwich Hamlet start the new year with a convincing victory over Hendon, Monday 2nd January 2017

“I can make this ball, I can make this ba…… oh, bugger.”

Dulwich Hamlet start the new year with a convincing victory over Hendon, Monday 2nd January 2017

After a goalmouth scramble that seemed to go on for an eternity, Ashley Carew nodded home from close range to put Dulwich 1-0 up in the 25th minute.

Dulwich Hamlet start the new year with a convincing victory over Hendon, Monday 2nd January 2017

Dulwich Hamlet start the new year with a convincing victory over Hendon, Monday 2nd January 2017

Dulwich Hamlet start the new year with a convincing victory over Hendon, Monday 2nd January 2017

The Rabble celebrate.

Dulwich Hamlet start the new year with a convincing victory over Hendon, Monday 2nd January 2017

Hugs galore.

Dulwich Hamlet start the new year with a convincing victory over Hendon, Monday 2nd January 2017

Dulwich Hamlet start the new year with a convincing victory over Hendon, Monday 2nd January 2017

Dulwich Hamlet start the new year with a convincing victory over Hendon, Monday 2nd January 2017

Half time: Dulwich 1 Hendon 0.

Dulwich Hamlet start the new year with a convincing victory over Hendon, Monday 2nd January 2017

Great to see the trestles back on display, even if their purpose remains a mystery deeper than Erich von Däniken’s wobbly theories.

Dulwich Hamlet start the new year with a convincing victory over Hendon, Monday 2nd January 2017

Dulwich Hamlet start the new year with a convincing victory over Hendon, Monday 2nd January 2017

The tea bar table has been something of a disappointment these days, and this was another poor show.

Dulwich Hamlet start the new year with a convincing victory over Hendon, Monday 2nd January 2017

miscellany of divots.

Dulwich Hamlet start the new year with a convincing victory over Hendon, Monday 2nd January 2017

Come the second half and Hamlet piled on the pressure.

Dulwich Hamlet start the new year with a convincing victory over Hendon, Monday 2nd January 2017

Dulwich Hamlet start the new year with a convincing victory over Hendon, Monday 2nd January 2017

The clear blue skies meant that the temperature kept on getting lower. It was mighty chilly!

Dulwich Hamlet start the new year with a convincing victory over Hendon, Monday 2nd January 2017

Kenny Beaney made it 2-0 to Dulwich in the 62nd minute.

Dulwich Hamlet start the new year with a convincing victory over Hendon, Monday 2nd January 2017

Dulwich Hamlet start the new year with a convincing victory over Hendon, Monday 2nd January 2017

Dulwich Hamlet start the new year with a convincing victory over Hendon, Monday 2nd January 2017

Hamlet had a goal disallowed for offside, while Hendon added a bit of late tension when they scored in the 71st minute.

Dulwich Hamlet start the new year with a convincing victory over Hendon, Monday 2nd January 2017

Full time: Hamlet 2 Hendon 1.

On the Hamlet forum, PD added his thoughts:

Much better football today. First half – much huff and puff but little results and hardly a shot from range

Second half, great football, some old style “sexy football.” At least two Hamlet goals ruled offside, both looked legitimate

Attendance at 1,146 lower than I anticipated and below average (maybe because work tomorrow ?) – but still over one thousand

Incredibly we could have gone third today had it not been for poor goal difference – league toppers Bognor Regis Town are now just 4 points ahead, admittedly with 3 games in hand.

In fact, if we could contrive towin at Canvey Island next Saturday and both Needham Market and Havant & Waterloville lose – we would go second on goal difference

It was lovely to see Hendon fan SteveHFC add his kind comments about his trip to the ground:

Congratulations on the win today, thoroughly deserved. I was satisfied with our performance, simply because it was vastly improved on some of what we’ve been seeing over the past few weeks as we slipped back into the relegation zone.

My main reason for posting is that it was my first time at Champion Hill since your attendances went through the roof, and I wanted to say what a pleasant experience it was.

A warm welcome upon arrival at the turnstiles by the turnstile operator. Friendly stewards, and the hot chocolate from the tea bar is the best I’ve had so far this season. Can’t speak for the bar experience as I tend not to drink at football, but I do think the outside bar is a great idea, although it didn’t seem to be doing much business in the second half. I did have some concerns about finding a spot to watch the game from – but had no issues on that front.

Good luck for the rest of the season – have always enjoyed visiting Champion Hill.

Dulwich Hamlet start the new year with a convincing victory over Hendon, Monday 2nd January 2017

PP later added another of his comprehensive match reports:

When they got their goal, at a point where they didn’t really look like scoring, the game suddenly had “Archbishop Desmond” written all over it, but after a bit of a wobbly five minutes their threat subsided and by the end we looked the more likely scorers.

Hendon, with one or two players who barely looked Premier Division standard, applied themselves well and fought hard, but we really should have blown them away during the first 25 minutes or so after half time.

One friend commented that “we seem to be contriving new ways of not scoring”.

At another point we produced a mesmerising passage of possession play and quick accurate passing that, had it been done by a top Premier League side with a neat shot tucked into the net at the end of it, would have had the pundits drooling but typically for us the whole thing fizzled out before we got close to goal.

We frequently seem to get punished fully for relatively minor errors, whilst having to work painstakingly for ages to get our own rewards. Our ratio of completed passes to goals scored must be about three times the size of some other teams in the division.

Aesthetically that’s probably as well as we’ve played all season, but we possibly paid for not having a proper centre forward.

I thought Carew played well and was involved in most of what we did best, as well as being alert enough to bag the first goal after the keeper had made a save, but it was no great surprise that he was the one who carelessly gave the ball away for the counter-attack that led to their goal.

One of their strikers managed to escape the attentions of Drage on our right flank with rest of our defence caught out of shape, and after running the ball into the box he benefited from a fortuitous rebound before lashing a shot in off the top of the far post from an awkward angle.

I thought it was odd to take off Carew almost immediately after than and replace him directly with Millar, who is strong and works hard but has nowhere near as much authority or subtlety; it would have made more sense to me to put Millar up front and drop Tomlin “into the hole”.

Another rampaging wing-back display by Green, who looks like an Olympic 400m hurdler in full flow, while Clunis did an equally good if less spectacular job on the other flank.

Drage & Chambers again revelled in the opportunity to play out stylishly from the back, and Beaney was effortlessly neat and tidy in midfield as well as bagging his first goal since the opening day.

Team (3-4-2-1): Edwards – Weatherstone, Drage, Chambers – Clunis, Kargbo, Beaney (c), Green – Carew – Tomlin, Sekajja. Subs: Millar (for Carew), Murrell-Williamson (for Sekajja), James, Yamfam, Taylor (not used). Att. 1,146

Here’s how the table looks as of 3rd Jan 2017:

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