The sun shone down on West Sussex as a sizeable Dulwich Hamlet following watched the pink and blues thump relegation-battling Burgess Hill 0-3 in a one sided contest.
Founded in 1882, Burgess Hill FC have got a lovely ground, full of Sussex charm.
The line up.
The single turnstile in operation was built at the Bailey Albion Works in Patricroft (near Eccles, Manchester).
Established in 1839, John Bailey & Co started out as turret clock makers, brassfounders, steam and water gauge makers, copying press makers.
I love a good home made tombola. Even out of focus ones.
The game, it has to be said, wasn’t exactly a thrilling affair, with a lumpy pitch making it difficult for either team to engage in Total Football action.
Happily there was plenty of items scattered around the ground to catch the eye, like this splendid heavy duty roller.
Burgess Hill’s very own Nazca Lines. Who knows what hidden message for humanity is contained within these markings.
Now here’s a top quality shed.
There’s plenty of space around the ground.
In the 20th minute, Ibra Sekajja despatched the ball to Gavin Tomlin, who struck a dimension-shifting shot that seemed destined to go wide but somehow ended up in the net, with home keeper Shaw left frozen to the spot.
0-1 to Dulwich Hamlet.
The rest of the half produced little of interest.
The snack bar goes under the name of Back Of The Net, complete with netting to avoid stray balls sending burgers skyward.
Disappointing (non)selection for veggie types.
Mind you, I partook in a £1.50 portion of chips and they did the job very nicely indeed.
Condiments a-plenty. Just as they should be. Extra points are awarded for the vinegar.
Look out for Flying Footballs!
A spare goal looks on, hoping for a break.
The majestic players’ tunnel slides out to greet the pitch. What mysteries could be contained within this mysterious passage?
Oh, OK. That’s a bit disappointing, to be honest.
Double portion of Hamlet pooches.
This splendid turnstile badge declares itself to be the work of ‘Le Grand, Sutcliffe and Gell Ltd, London Works Southall makers of Norton’s Turnstile.’
A shed, pallets, a pile of bricks, some wire fencing and a road sign.
Board and rock on a bin.
In the bar at half time.
Those mysterious markings again.
The Maidstone fan had his hair colours ready for Monday’s match,
The ground had an open gate extending into what looked like a nature reserve.
I was taking in the splendour of the spring forest when a Burgess Hill substitute brushed past. keen to relieve himself at the nearest shrub. That kind of spoiled the idyll.
Opposition Goalkeeper Towel was a disappointing dull grey affair.
Hamlet took their time to get going in the second half against a stubborn Burgess Hill who defended well but struggled to put together any meaningful attacks.
This is the Tale of Michael O’Verindulgence.
Dulwich kept the home keeper busy.
Dulwich doubled their lead in the 70th minute with Ibra Sekajja employing full power noggin action to thwart the goalie. 0-2 to Hamlet. Huzzah!
The Hamlet faithful celebrate.
Taking a stroll around the verdant pastures of Leylands Park.
Dulwich wrapped the game up with four minutes to go as Panutche Camara made it 0-3.
Burgess Hill Town 0 – Dulwich Hamlet 3
Gavin Tomlin (21′)
Kenny Beaney (71′)
Panutche Camara (86′)
On the Hamlet forum, CD commented:
Excellent win. Keeps up the momentum, with Leiston losing too! Win on Monday and we’ll finish 3rd! Draw (and one of the three teams below us win) and we’d have to at least draw vs. Wingate to finish 3rd.
That performance showed how much we have progressed as a team. Thoroughly professional job done on a terrible playing surface. Last year’s team and those before it would most likely not have achieved that result
As for me, I thought it was a thoroughly professional win but I hope Burgess Hill don’t go down. It’s a lovely ground and what fans they have seem perfectly amiable. It was a nice day out.
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