Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab a deserved draw at Braintree FC in FA Trophy battle- in photos

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Last Saturday, Dulwich Hamlet travelled to National League team Braintree Town for an FA Trophy tie which nearly saw the lower division team grab a deserved win.

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Braintree reside two divisions above Hamlet, but you wouldn’t have thought so on the day, with the Ryman Premier team nearly winning the tie, in a stadium where away fans seemed to outnumber the home supporters.

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

The ground is situated in a particularly dull suburban part of the Essex town of Braintree (pop. 53,000).

For reasons best known to the daft buggers in charge of the club, they’d decided to keep the fans segregated, cutting off all access to the bar for thirsty Hamlet fans.

Net result = annoyed Hamlet fans + massive lost of income for the home club. Great work chaps!

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

A cardboard hut.

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Hamlet branded toilets.

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Bucket of the day.

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

The one tea bar that Hamlet could access was curiously perched on high.

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

The essential condiments table shot.

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

A huge travelling Hamlet contingent was at the game.

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

A pink balloon ascends.

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Hamlet matched Braintree throughout the game.

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

The stewarding was pleasantly laid back and friendly, and special credit must go to this fella, who kept his sense of humour throughout and handled some enthusiastic (but harmless) ribbing from some Hamlet fans with aplomb. You’re a credit to the club, sir!

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

On the pitch, both teams rued the lack of a striker capable of finishing off an attack.

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

The Rabble Roar.

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

I’m quite a fan of the rickety ‘press towers’ that get built in non league grounds.

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Hamlet flags. I don’t think the home team had any.

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

A view of the club’s water tower. Just in case you were interested.

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Some Braintree textures.

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

The toilets were pretty grim.

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

A tribble on a stick.

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Hamlet hit the bar early in the second half.

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Many times, Dulwich looked the team most likely to score.

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

A galaxy of divots.

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

‘Avin’ a faaaag.

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

These two were mighty keen to pose for the camera – until I turned the camera on them and shyness took over!

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

In the dying minutes, Hamlet tried hard to score the winner but, alas, it was not to be.

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Another close one, as the clock ticked down.

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Full time: Braintree Town 0 Dulwich Hamlet 0, with the replay at Champion Hill tomorrow (Tues 7th Feb).

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Braintree goalie Sam Beasant (son of former England goalkeeper Dave Beasant) shakes hands with young Hamlet fans.

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Dulwich fans cheer on the players.

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

On the Hamlet forum, bkbk commented:

Fantastic stuff yesterday. It really is testament to the energy and skill displayed that I’m slightly gutted to have only come away with a draw. Braintree were unchanged from their last league game and Dulwich matched them and then some.

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Radio Essex were also impressed with Hamlet’s performance:

“Dulwich Hamlet matched Braintree pound for pound” in the first half they identify Tomlin as key Hamlet player – “Braintree should have made more of their two opportunities and Dulwich Hamlet should probably have had a penalty”

“tempo higher than that often seen here this season”

“Braintree struggling with Dulwich Hamlet 3 men in midfield”

First 30 minutes of second half “Dulwich Hamlet fully in control of second half so far”

“Drage excellent in central defence”

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Occasional Brixton Buzz photographer applauds the team.

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

Underdogs Dulwich Hamlet grab draw at Braintree FC - in photos, Saturday 4th February 2017

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]

Admission prices:

  • £10 for Adults
  • £4 for Concessions – Seniors – 60+, Teenagers (13-19), Unemployed (JSA), Disability Living Allowance (DLA), NHS Staff, Blue Light Services, Serving Members of the Armed Forces and Full Time Students. (Please bring valid ID)
  • Under 13s FREE accompanied by a paying adult

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