Boro' battered as Dulwich Hamlet hit four on the road
Dulwich Hamlet moved up to second place in the Premier Division as Farnborough were put to sword
Farnborough 1 Dulwich Hamlet 4
Ryman League Premier Division
Saturday 10th October 2015
Dulwich Hamlet were back in league action away to floundering Farnborough picking up a resounding 4-1 win that propelled the club up to second spot in the Ryman Premier Division. It was a fully-deserved victory and the first half display was probably as good as anything the team has produced so far this season.
The starting line showed just one change from the previous league game with new signing from Kingstonian, Dan Sweeney, going straight into the midfield with Jordan Hibbert named on the substitutes’ bench.
After a slow start Dulwich Hamlet gradually settled into their stride and the opening goal, coming in the 11th minute, followed some neat passing. Eventually, Jacob Erskine knocked the ball wide out to Rhys Murrell-Williamson on the left and his quick cross into the goalmouth was polished off with relish by Damian Scannell, Dulwich continued to press and Dan Sweeney drove wide of the near post after smart play from Jacob Erskine on the right wing. Shortly afterwards home ‘keeper Joe Tupper snatched the ball off the feet of Jacob Erskine after the latter had been played in by Damian Scannell.
An isolated raid by Farnborough ended with a shot from Tommy Wright deflected just over the crossbar but the hosts were soon under pressure once more and in the 28th minute Dulwich Hamlet extended their advantage with a second goal. Tupper blocked well at the feet of Damian Scannell but the Hamlet quickly regained possession and Jordan Brown’s left-wing cross was headed firmly over the ‘keeper by skipper Danny Waldren. Minutes later a 20-yard drive from Dan Sweeney was deflected narrowly past the upright. At the other end, Boro’s leading marksman Bobbie Dale went close with an angled shot from 15 yards just before the break but it was a rare moment of threat as Dulwich Hamlet went into the interval good value for their two goal advantage.
Dulwich Hamlet quickly regained the ascendancy after the half-time break and a shot from the narrowest of angles by Rhys Murrell-Williamson on the left was almost turned into his own net by a home defender. However, a third goal was not far away. Damian Scannell as brought down as he cut inside from the right into the area and once more Ashley Carew made no mistake with a confident penalty finish.
Tupper then saved well from Danny Waldren before Rhys Murrell-Williamson fired over the goal after a solo run down the left. However, in the 57th minute, Dulwich Hamlet received a jolt as Tommy Wright pulled a goal back as his shot from 15 yards out took a deflection to loop over the arms of Phil Wilson. This seemed to add a spark of life to Farnborough ranks and for a time it was Dulwich who were on the back foot, forced to defend in depth for the first time in the game. Harry Williams went down under the challenge of Ethan Pinnock as the striker turned on the edge of the area; howls for a red card from the home support but the Dulwich defender escaped with just a caution. From the free kick Phil Wilson almost fumbled the ball but just managed to turn it around the post. The Dulwich ‘keeper atoned as he pulled off a key save to deny Dale. After Jordan Brown was caught napping a low cross flashed across the face of goal then out the other side with no one on hand to apply a killer touch.
Dulwich managed to weather the storm and as the contest entered the closing stages the side regained their composure. At the death the icing on the cake was applied with a fourth goal. Jordan Hibbert’s right wing cross was laid back by Jamie Mascoll and Dan Sweeney turned sharply before, from 15 yards out, striking home a shot that took a deflection of a defender to leave Tupper flatfooted.
Farnborough: Joe Tupper; Marc Ethelston; Chinua Cole; Perry Ryan (Jack Barton 24); Tom Broadbent (Martin Dynan 24); CJ Fearn; Lewis Collins; Matt Bevans; Bobbie Dale; Harry Williams (Nathan Chambers 82); Tommy Wright
Subs not used: Dean Joseph-Whittingham; Nicholas Brown
Dulwich Hamlet: Phil Wilson; Mitchell Nelson; Jordan Brown; Danny Waldren; Osei Sankofa; Ethan Pinnock; Dan Sweeney; Ashley Carew; Jacob Erskine (Jordan Hibbert 78); Damian Scannell (Calum Willock 88); Rhys Murrell-Williamson (Jamie Mascoll 88)
Subs not used: Matt Drage; Josh Fernandes
Farnborough: Tommy Wright (57)
Dulwich Hamlet: Damian Scannell (11); Danny Waldren (28); Ashley Carew (pen 51); Dan Sweeney (90)