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Dulwich Hamlet 5-2 Braintree Town

1 year ago By Liam Hickey

Dulwich produced a performance of skill, grit and determination to overcome their Vanarama National League opponents.

Match Details from Football Webpages (but missing the Ashley Carew penalty in first half) here

With Nyren Clunis a new injury following Saturday's match, Ibra Sekajja came into the starting line up as the only change to the starting line up,

Dulwich opened brightly and Beasant in the Braintree goal had to be quick off his line to deny Gavin Tomlin in only the 3rd minute. Dulwich then had a number of efforts blocked as they looked for the early breakthrough.

However, following this early pressure, Braintree quickly gained the ascendancy as they pressed high and looked to exploit the flanks. They were also able to force a number of set plays and quick breaks that were repelled by solid defending.

Braintree had claims for a penalty turned down as Hall-Johnson went to ground following a challenge by Matt Drage but the referee awarded a corner.

It was very much against the run of play when Dulwich took a 28th minute lead. Slick passing saw Ashley Carew slide the ball into Gavin Tomlin who was brought down by Goodman. Ashley Carew sent Beasant the wrong way with the resultant penalty.

Having been pushed back for long periods, Dulwich now looked to capitalise on taking the lead but a Gavin Tomlin effort was deflected for a corner after a raking free kick from Matt Drage has found Ashley Carew in space.

Braintree still looked dangerous and Midson had an effort just wide prior to levelling the scores in the 38th Okimo headed in a corner.

Despite coming under intense pressure Dulwich held their shape and Preston Edwards safely held a deflected cross when the visitors got behind the defence.

Half Time 1-1

Braintree looked to press home their superiority at the start of the second half, with Preston Edwards pushing out an effort at full length to his right, seconds after the restart. However, it was Dulwich who regained the lead five minutes into the second half.

A long ball over the top was chased more in hoperror than expectaction by Ibra Sekajja. Beasant comfortably reached the ball first but thumped his clearance into the retreating Manny Parry; the ball looping over the stranded keeper and into the net.

Braintree skipper Midson saw his header saved by Preston Edwards as the visitors looked to level the scores again. A long clearance from Beasant was seized on by Hall-Johnson but he couldn't fashion an effort on goal, whilst another corner saw Barnard only able to find Edwards rather than the net.

However, Dulwich were not sitting back and Nathan Green struck the post after a driven cross by Sanchez Ming was pushed out by Beasant.

After an Ashley Carew free kick had been held by Beasant, Braintree conceded a third goal as Dulwich took advantage of the break down of an attack. A long ball forward found Gavin Tomlin in the clear and he held off the defender's challenge to bury a shot across Beasant.

Having now established a two goal lead, Preston Edwards preserved it with another fine save as Dulwich looked content to play on the break. Sanchez Ming had an effort just too high and Tomlin had an effort saved after a Preston Edwards clearance had sent him in behind the defence.

With 15 minutes remaining, Braintree were reduced to 10 men as Tomlin once again got clear and was pulled back by Clohessy, and Dulwich quickly took advantage. Sanchez Ming received a pass in excess of 30 yards out and unleashed a shot that flew past Beasant high to his right and brought the whole stadium to their feet.

However, if Dulwich thought they were home and dry thenot they were quickly dispelled when Manny Parry headed home a free kick at the far post. For a while Dulwich looked like they may come under sustained pressure but the introduction of Jacob Erskine enabled them to hold the ball at the front and relieve pressure.

With the game deep in stoppage time Dulwich added a fifth goal as Sanchez Ming delivered a cross from the right that was headed home by Jacob Erskine.

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Updated 09:17 - 8 Feb 2017 by Liam Hickey

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