It was a disappointing night at Champion Hill as an underwhelming Dulwich Hamlet failed to bag all three play-off-boosting points against relegation-threatened arch-rivals Leatherhead.
Geographically-speaking, Leatherhead aren’t obvious candidates to become rivals of Dulwich, but many fans will never forget or forgive the Surrey club’s supremely dodgy antics over WallGate. The rotters.
The ground was bedecked with these all-seeing VR 360 degree cameras.
Despite the difference in league positions, Hamlet failed to get into their stride and the game turned out to be a dour affair, with neither team producing much of note.
Hamlet did get the ball in the net in the 9th minute but it was adjudged offside.
Their should be a law against the opposition goalie wearing pink. We are pink. He is a pretender.
Hamlet dominated the first half but actual threatening chances on goal were few and far between.
There was a healthy midweek crowd of 912 at the ground.
Lots of crosses and corners floated into the Leatherhead goalmouth but ne’er a noggin or a hoof managed to winningly connect with them.
I simply love the way the estate agent sign is now so trashed that all that’s left is “Proudly supported by Kin.”
How the hell does a sponsor ‘proudly’ support anything anyway? Wankers.
Back to the game, there was attacks at both ends but very little in the finishing stakes.
With the football less than sparkling, alternative entertainment was occasionally sought.
Half Time: Hamlet 0 Leatherhead 0.
Burger bar scene.
There was a true Tea Barastrophe about to take the place. Earl Greyageddon. Once I’d patiently waited my turn in the hefty queue I was informed that there was no milk left. Nothing.
Here’s the sad state of the tea bar table moments before. One empty carton, one soon to be emptied carton and a diminutive sugar pot, accompanied by a soupcon of plastic faux-spoons. Even Streatham Rovers can manage better than this.
Happily, the beer was flowing for Those Who Are Prepared To Wait.
The second half was much the same as the first: Hamlet with loads of possession, huffing and puffing all over t’shop to no great end, with Leatherhead looking worryingly nippy on the break.
With 20 minutes to go, Leatherhead’s persistence paid off with Nana Boakye-Yiadom putting the visitors 0-1 up after some Hamlet buffoonery in front of goal.
This woke Dulwich up from their deep slumbers, with the pink and blues clocking their Huff’n’Puffery up to 11, but still they failed to capitalise on their efforts.
The equaliser came in the 86th minute, with Ibrahim Kargbo launching what appeared to be a Saturn V assisted kick that thaaaawacked off the crossbar and over the line to rescue a much needed point for Hamlet.
In yo’ face, Leatherhead!
The Rabble go wild.
Hamlet pushed for a winner, but it was 1-1 at full time.
On the Hamlet forum, fans added their thoughts:
PF: We won’t finish 3rd if we play like that. We look short of width on both flanks. Both Clunis and Green were far too deep and never got a run on their full backs and with a game we should be going all out for the win couldn’t understand why Gav took DD off? I would have taken Beaney off for another striker and gone for it!
BH: The players looked tired but still worked their arses off (especially Beaney and Kargbo) and did play some nice football at times. Disappointing not to get the win with Leiston dropping points, but yet again I felt we showed a lot of character to battle on, and what a strike from Kargbo. It was fantastic to see that celebration from him too – you could really see what it meant to him. Hope he’s sticking around next season.
PP: Hard to say whether our players were fatigued by the volume of recent matches or just had a bit of an off-day. In the first half we took a while to get our passing game going; too many misplaced passes, not quite the usual urgency and tempo that pulls opposing defences around.
Dumaka looked our biggest threat and came close to creating something out of nothing a couple of times. Leatherhead were pretty ordinary but battled hard and looked dangerously quick on the break. They nearly took the lead when a vicious snapshot from the edge of the box caught Edwards unawares (and possibly unsighted) and rebounded from his chest.
Sekajja fired a loose ball into the roof of the net after a Dumaka shot was partially blocked but the linesman’s flag was already up for offside. Clunis almost scored a rare goal with his left foot, cutting inside into the box and shooting hard, but too close to the keeper.
I expected us to step up a gear and win the game after half time, but we seemed to go really flat. With half an hour to go Carew & Dumaka were substituted – I’m bewildered by DD’s withdrawal as I felt he was doing really well, holding the ball up, showing a good touch and looking likely to score.
By the time Leatherhead caught us with a sucker punch we’d gone so flat I’d more or less have settled for a 0-0. Drage had been solid all evening until they introduced a very quick and direct substitute; he was booked for blocking the speed merchant with a body check, then a couple of minutes later was mugged by the same player who sped into the box and rolled the ball past Edwards into the corner of the net.
Drage was promptly replaced by Erskine to give Hamlet an extra forward, but we rarely looked like equalising until five minutes from the end when Kargbo found the net with an awesome 20 yard volley that smashed against the underside of the crossbar and bounced up into the roof of the net. Suddenly we were all over them and looked like we might snatch all three points, but it was too little too late.
Team (3-4-1-2): Edwards – Weatherstone, Drage, Chambers – Clunis, Kargbo, Beaney(c), Green – Carew – Dumaka, Sekajja. Subs: Tomlin (for Carew), Akinyemi (for Dumaka), Erskine (for Drage), Taylor, Ming (not used). att.912
A draw was disappointing, but with Leiston losing at lowly Merstham, Dulwich remain firmly in the play off mix, with a game in hand along with Leiston. It’s incredibly tight though, with just two points separating six teams.
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