Dulwich Hamlet Preview

Anyone betting on a 2-2 draw tomorrow?

Whilst our fate has already been decided, we travel to South-East London tomorrow to face a Dulwich Hamlet side who are still nervously hanging in the Play-offs, with Enfield Town and Kingstonian breathing down their necks and waiting for any slip up.  However, if they are expecting an easy ride then I think they will be very much mistaken.  We may not be playing for our survival anymore, but the continuation of our 8 game unbeaten run (still the longest such run in the Ryman League Premier Division) and wanting to avoid finishing in bottom place is enough of a reason for us to turn up tomorrow and play as if our futures depended on it.

Our record at home to Dulwich Hamlet in the past three seasons has been impeccible with three wins out of three, the last being back in February when Jonté Smith, Alex Laing and James Hammond gave us a 3-1 win.  Away, not so, having lost in both our two previous visits, the last one back in August 2014 when we went down 2-0 thanks to goals from Clunis and Vidal.

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After what appears to be their annual post-Christmas mini-wobble, Dulwich appear to be back on track, with only one defeat in their last ten.  However, they have also suffered from the problem of too many draws with five of those last ten games ending all square.  They have two vital vitories in recent weeks against Bognor Regis Town and Tonbridge Angels, both of whom sit above them in the table.  Scoring goals is never an issue for the team, especially with players like Ryan Moss and Ashley Carew up front although goals do seemed to be shared across the team, with only Hampton & Richmond Borough and East Thurrock United having scored more goals than them.  At home they’ve won 13 out of their 22 games so far with only 3 defeats.

Our away record hasn’t been the best all season but it is still two months since we last lost on the road, 2-0 at Hendon.  Since then we have picked up a win (Brentwood Town) and three draws (Billericay Town, Merstham and Kingstonian).  With five of our last eight games ending 2-2, can we expect another share of four goals tomorrow?

Darren has a bit of a depleted squad thanks to injuries with concerns over Lloyd Cotton tomorrow.  Josh Street’s injury has ruled him out for the final two weeks of the season whilst Jimmy Muitt and George Landais will be next seen potentially in pre-season.  With our DS side also playing tomorrow away at Burgess Hill Town it may be a young looking bench for the Rooks.

Kick off at Champion Hill is 3pm.

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Author: stuartnoel

Nearly prize winning author of Passport to Football, Budget Airline Football and European Football - A Fans Guide.