Beavers bite back as Dulwich droop
Despite having the game in the palm of their hands for a good hour, Dulwich found themselves beaten by the battling Beavers.
Hampton and Richmond Borough 2 Dulwich Hamlet 1
Ryman League Premier Division
Tuesday 20th October 2015
Away to Hampton & Richmond Borough Dulwich Hamlet contrived to lose a game that was well within their grasp in the first half. With nearly an hour gone the Hamlet were a goal to the good and twice hot the frame of the goal. However, the Beavers fought back to take the lead with ‘keeper Seb Brown making some outstanding saves to deny the share of the points the opportunities created might have deserved.
After a quiet opening spell, Dulwich Hamlet gradually got on top of the Beavers and proceed to control the game. Dan Sweeney, looking to continue mining his rich vein of goal scoring, fired over with a decent effort from 20 yards then on the half-hour Dulwich took the lead. Matt Drage’s cross from the right deluded Hampton ‘keeper Seb Brown and Dan Sweeney, unmarked at the back of the box maintained his goal-a-game record with a stopping header at the far post.
Dulwich nearly added a second two minutes later, but Ethan Pinnock headed against the underside of the crossbar and the Beavers’ defence managed to scramble away the rebound. At the other end, Phil Wilson tipped over a header from Nicke Kabamba in a rare Hampton attack, but Dulwich ended the half in the ascendancy and should have made more of good crosses from Jordan Brown and Jordan Hibbert.
For a while Dulwich continued in the same vein after the interval. Once again the Hamlet were unlucky when Ashley Carew hit the post with a 15-yard drive on 52 minutes. Shortly afterwards Matt Drages’s glancing header from an Ashley Carew corner flew across the face of goal. Unfortunately, the failure of the Hamlet to translate their superiority into goals gave the hosts heart and they came more into the game by playing it longer. Phil Wilson got down well to push away Tom Jelley’s free kick but the tide had turned and in the 59th the Beavers bit back as they equalised when a cross from Brendan Kiernan on the right was knocked in at the far post by Moussa Diarra.
Despite making a couple of substitutions, including the welcome return to action of Nyren Clunis after his long injury layoff, Dulwich could not regain the initiative and Brendan Kiernan went close with a shot from the edge of the box that was deflected for a corner.
Then, in the 75th minute, Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick was brought down in the box as he outpaced Ashley Carew and Dean Sinclair stepped up to convert the resultant spot kick. That proved to be the winning goal, although Dulwich did make herculean efforts to level the content in the final ten minutes. Rhys Murrell-Williamson delivered a good cross from the left which Dan Sweeney headed goalwards, only for Brown to save at point-blank range with the rebound cannoning off Nyren Clunis, rebounding up and over the crossbar. Three minutes from time, Danny Waldren’s goalbound volley was brilliantly tipped over by Brown with the home ‘keeper denying the Hamlet again soon after as he flung himself to his left to turn behind a 20-yard drive from Nyren Clunis.
Hampton & Richmond Borough: Seb Brown; Michael Kamara; Tom Jelley; Joe Hicks; Moussa Diarra; Harry Taylor; Brendan Kiernan (Kieran Murphy 83); Dean Sinclair; Nicke Kabamba; Josh Casey; Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick
Subs not used: Eddie Hutchinson; Charlie Moone; Jerome Federico; Richard Pacquette
Dulwich Hamlet: Phil Wilson; Matt Drage (Nyren Clunis 66); Jordan Brown; Danny Waldren; Osei Sankofa; Ethan Pinnock; Dan Sweeney; Ashley Carew; Calum Willock (Jacob Erskine 66); Jordan Hibbert; Rhys Murrell-Williamson
Subs not used: Jack Dixon; Jamie Mascoll; Josh Fernandes
Hampton & Richmond Borough: Moussa Diarra (59); Dean Sinclair (pen 75)
Dulwich Hamlet: Dan Sweeney (30)