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.
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.
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!
A cardboard hut.
Hamlet branded toilets.
Bucket of the day.
The one tea bar that Hamlet could access was curiously perched on high.
The essential condiments table shot.
A huge travelling Hamlet contingent was at the game.
A pink balloon ascends.
Hamlet matched Braintree throughout the game.
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!
On the pitch, both teams rued the lack of a striker capable of finishing off an attack.
The Rabble Roar.
I’m quite a fan of the rickety ‘press towers’ that get built in non league grounds.
Hamlet flags. I don’t think the home team had any.
A view of the club’s water tower. Just in case you were interested.
Some Braintree textures.
The toilets were pretty grim.
A tribble on a stick.
Hamlet hit the bar early in the second half.
Many times, Dulwich looked the team most likely to score.
A galaxy of divots.
‘Avin’ a faaaag.
These two were mighty keen to pose for the camera – until I turned the camera on them and shyness took over!
In the dying minutes, Hamlet tried hard to score the winner but, alas, it was not to be.
Another close one, as the clock ticked down.
Full time: Braintree Town 0 Dulwich Hamlet 0, with the replay at Champion Hill tomorrow (Tues 7th Feb).
Braintree goalie Sam Beasant (son of former England goalkeeper Dave Beasant) shakes hands with young Hamlet fans.
Dulwich fans cheer on the players.
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.
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”
Occasional Brixton Buzz photographer applauds the team.
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