Dulwich dominate at AFC Sudbury but hosts fight back for a draw
The Hamlet leave Suffolk with a share of the spoils but chances missed mean points lost
AFC Sudbury 2 (1) Dulwich Hamlet 2 (2)
Saturday 13th August 2016
Ryman League Premier Division
On the opening day of the new Ryman League Premier Division season, Dulwich Hamlet travelled to meet one of the newly promoted sides, last season’s Ryman North champions AFC Sudbury. The result a 2-2 draw.
In terms of possession it was a match Dulwich Hamlet should have one comfortably. The football from the visitors for much of the game was a delight to watch but the Hamlet paid the penalty for missing far too many clear goal scoring chances. The fact that Dulwich led 11-0 on corners until the last five minutes gives some indication of their dominance.
Yet it was AFC Sudbury that struck first, as early as the second minute, with as good a move as one could wish to see. Slick first-time passes from just inside the home half cut to ribbons the left flank of our defence and when the ball was crossed into the goalmouth, Sam Clarke struck it sweetly past Preston Edwards. Despite this early setback Dulwich Hamlet soon took control of the game and the home side were virtually penned into their own half for the remainder of the opening 45 minutes. Nathan Green, with a header, and Nyren Clunis, with a low drive, both went close. Danny Carr had an angled shot smartly blocked by AFC ‘keeper Marcus Garnham then, just before the half-hour mark, Nyren Clunis cut inside from the left and clipped the top of the crossbar with a fine effort from 20 yards out.
Eventually, in the 37th minute, Dulwich equalised intelligent running by Danny Carr saw him take the ball to the line on the right and his cross to the far post was neatly headed home by an unmarked Kenny Beaney. Just three minute later Dulwich went 2-1 ahead. Awarded a free kick just outside the box, Kadell Daniel skilfully curled his left foot shot over the wall and past the flailing Garnham’s dive into the bottom corner of the net. Just before halftime Danny Carr hit a fine shot goalwards but Garnham proved the match of it diving full-length to turn the ball behind.
Dulwich Hamlet continued their dominance into the second half and the early stages of this period were to prove crucial. If the Hamlet had converted just a couple of the clear openings they had created during this period, they would have been home and dry. However, Danny Carr twice shot wide with only Garnham to beat and on another occasion his effort was too close to the ‘keeper, who nevertheless made a good save. Later Garnham made another great block when the lively Kadell Daniel burst inside from the right and unleashed a fierce drive on target. The hosts were really struggling to stay in the game, but midway through the half Dulwich allowed Clarke too much room on the right and his cross was turned in by Luke Callander from 10 yards out. Incredibly the two sides were back on level terms!
Although AFC began to come more into the game after their equaliser Dulwich Hamlet continued to create chances. Nyren Clunis shot wide from ten yards, Michael Chambers headed over the bar from an Ashley Carew corner, Matt Drage had a header blocked and Gavin Tomlin was denied by a busy Garnham who, late on, managed to keep out a high cross-shot from Nathan Green that almost deceived him at his near post.
Dulwich’s failure to score again gave the home side an inkling that it might just be their day instead and deep into injury time only an excellent save from Preston Edwards from Craig Parker’s 20-yard free kick denied them an unlikely winner.
AFC Sudbury: Marcus Garnham; Ben Robinson; Adam Tann; Jack Newman; Ryan Henshaw; James Baker; Sam Bantick (Aaron Greene 54); Sam Clarke (Jordan Blackwell 87); Luke Callander (Liam Wales 73); Craig Parker; Robert Eagle
Subs not used: Tyler French; Callum Robinson
Dulwich Hamlet: Preston Edwards; Sanchez Ming; Nathan Green; Ibrahim Kargbo; Matt Drage; Michael Chambers; Nyren Clunis; Kenny Beaney (Ashley Carew 74); Daniel Carr (Ayomide Adeboyejo 74); Gavin Tomlin; Kadell Daniel
Subs not used: Roman Michael-Percil; Marc Weatherstone; Sean Mason
AFC Sudbury: Sam Clarke (2); Luke Callander (66)
Dulwich Hamlet: Kenny Beaney (37); Kadell Daniel (40)
Venue: The Wardale Williams Stadium