Discussion in 'Dulwich Hamlet FC' started by Cyclodunc, Apr 10, 2017.
Clapton that is!
Excellent result tonight excluding the soft goal directly after the second half started and the poor refereeing.
Here's Chambers goal from behind the net.
Duncan Palmer Photo @photodunc 8h8 hours ago
Phil Wilson's back! #philphilphil #dhfc ##
great photo credit Duncan Palmer
A second comprehensive victory over Merstham inside a calendar month. I always feel confident against teams like this, as they try to take us on at our own attractive attacking game, and they simply aren't in the same class. We have far more difficulty against sides that try to stifle and negate us with pressing tactics in the middle third.
As in the 5-0 win at home, Hamlet took an early lead. Dumaka shrugged off a vigorous attempt to pull him back from behind (which the linesman flagged for - take note last Satruday's linesmen) but the referee played a good advantage as he accelerated into the box and squared the ball for Tomlin to slam into the roof of the net from three yards out at the far post. Hamlet dominated the rest of the half with a number of chances missed, one good save from the keeper to tip away a Chambers header, and a very obvious penalty decision bottled by the referee following a clear trip on Clunis; a looping header over the bar provided the only real threat from the hosts.
For the fourth time in the last five matches Hamlet conceded inside the first five minutes of the second half after leading at the break. It's almost as if the half time team talk concludes with the words "just go out there and forget all about the things you were doing right in the first half". Our former player Dean McDonald unlocked the right side of our defence on the counter-attack and passed inside for a team-mate to fire past an exposed Wilson. The game appeared in the balance of the next ten minutes or so with the play switching rapidly from one end to the other, and former Hamlet hero Xavier Vidal went close with a 20 yard free kick that grazed the outside of the near post. Just before the hour Hamlet regained the lead when Tomlin was sent clear on the right, cut in behind the Merstham backline, and fired hard and low through the keeper's legs from a narrow angle. Five minutes later Hamlet landed the decisive blow when a corner flighted into the middle of the box was powerfully headed home by Weatherstone. One further goal followed with ten minutes to go when another corner was headed back by Chambers at the far post, then crossed back into the middle for Chambers to find the net with a downward header inside the opposite corner.
Saturday's unexpected deployment of Tomlin in almost a sweeper role ahead of the back three was abandoned, as our leading scorer was restored to the front two while Camara made his first full league appearance in Carew's usual position. He looks like a player who hasn't really been coached a lot and does a lot of unpredictable things off the cuff that sometimes cost us possession, but there's plenty of raw talent there and a natural athleticism that enables him to retain the ball under pressure and whisk it away from opponents who are left trailing in his wake.
Team: (3-4-1-2): Wilson - Weatherstone, Drage, Chambers - Clunis, Kargbo, Beaney(c), Green - Camara - Dumaka, Tomlin. Subs: Sekajja (for Dumaka), Akinyemi (for Tomlin), Carew (for Beaney), Ming, Taylor, (not used). Attendance: 336
Couple of photos I took last night.
Enjoyed photographing that one: Merstham 1 - 4 Dulwich Hamlet | Facebook
really great photo of Phil
Dulwich Hamlet thrash Merstham 4-1 on their oscillating pitch to move third in the table
Truly great non-league football journalism
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