Dulwich’s play off push continued with a comfortable away win at Worthing, with the 0-1 scoreline flattering the hosts.
With Worthing’s form wobbling faster than a drunk on a malfunctioning gyroscope, this was a game that was Hamlet’s for the taking, with one poster describing the game as a “one goal thrashing.”
I’ve never been a fan of 3G pitches, but this lurid monstrosity really takes the piss.
A fair sized Hamlet had made the journey to the south coast to cheer on the pink and blues.
Unfortunately, yours truly was busy bashing merry hell out of a set of drums in Wales, so thanks are due to Max for the photos and the forum posters for the words.
— Dulwich Hamlet FC (@DulwichHamletFC) March 5, 2017
Full time – Worthing 0 Hamlet 1.
On the forum, PP offered his review:
Another classic one goal thrashing dished out by the Hamlet. Which of course is preferable to the many “how did we not win that one?” drawn games that we’ve dominated this season.
Much of the first half was fairly nondescript as Hamlet monopolised possession for long spells without really threatening to score. I don’t think the pitch helped. I’m fairly ambivalent towards 3G pitches – I’d rather have a nice grass pitch, but I recognise the advantages of 3G, and after several postponements since the turn of the year it was nice to be able to travel without worrying about a game being washed out or frozen off.
However there seems to be a considerable variation between one such surface and another; whilst I never really noticed the pitch on our visits to Maidstone, Worthing’s seemed strangely bobbly, the ball didn’t run at all smoothly, and often seemed to ‘stick’ under players’ feet.
The best first half chances came when a deep cross from the right was volleyed back across goal by Sekajja and hacked off the line by a covering defender, then a close range header nodded just over the bar by Green from close range after a shot into the ground bounced up for him.
Hamlet were on fire at the start of the second half, and within sixty seconds Akinyemi bagged the game’s only goal by getting free inside the box to the right and beating Kieron Thorp, Phil Wilson’s original predecessor as Hamlet keeper back in 2009, with a hard low shot inside the far post. We could have been out of sight within the next ten or fifteen minutes as a string of clear chances fell mostly to Sekajja.
They weren’t dreadful misses, and he got all his shots on target, but he’s simply not an insinctive goalscorer; he just seems to deliberate for a fraction too long before pulling the trigger.
A couple of times Thorp closed him down and smothered his shot, on one occasion he took the ball too wide and was shut out, and on another when a goal seemed certain a defender flung himself full length to block the shot.
A cross from Akinyemi narrowly missed going straight in at the far post, and Weatherstone had a header cleared off the line at a corner. As usual the clumsy and unnecessary fouls inside our own half began to creep in towards the end, and we had to defend two free kicks from out wide during stoppage time.
Worthing posed little attacking threat in open play and were a complete contrast to the confident (if defensively naive) team that visited Champion Hill a few months back, when I thought they were one of the most potent attacking sides I’ve seen this season.
Beaney was suspended for accumulated bookings, and will also now miss the Macclesfield replay.
Team (3-4-1-2): Edwards – Weatherstone(c), Drage, Taylor – Ming, Kargbo, Carew, Green – Tomlin – Akinyemi, Sekajja. Subs: Dumaka (for Sekajja), Mascoll (for Akinyemi), Mohamed, Chambers, Erskine (not used), Att.763
Pushing for the play offs
Here’s how the league table looks, as of 6th March 2017. Ham;et have got plenty of games in hand, so the play off dream is still very much alive.
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