When the hosts run out to Aussie Rules standard "Up there Cazaly" in such blustery conditions, one tends to get a bad feeling
Tonbridge Angels 0 Dulwich Hamlet 0
Saturday 18th March 2017
Ryman League Premier Division
Last Saturday, Dulwich Hamlet travelled down into Kent to play another of the playoff hopefuls, Tonbridge Angels. The result was a hard-fought 0-0 draw.
Conditions were not ideal as the pitch was hard and the bounce uneven, making it difficult for both sides to play the ball around. Despite this, Dulwich enjoyed much the better of the first half and it was disappointing not to go in at the break with at least a one goal led. The first real threat from the Hamlet came in the 12th minute when a low drive from Nathan Green was almost turned into his own net by a Tonbridge defender, the ball looping up and over the bar. The closest Dulwich came to a breakthrough was in the 28th minute when Dipo Akinyemi head a left-wing cross from Nathan Green against the crossbar. Dipo later fires over from 15 yards and Gavin Tomlin went close with a chip over the ‘keeper which went the wrong side of the far post. Just before the interval Angels’ ‘keeper Jonny Henly made a fine save when he tipped over a 20 yarder from Ashley Carew.
Tonbridge came more into the game in the second half and had an early opportunity, but Alex Akrofi failed to make the most of a cross from Nick Wheeler. That apart, chances were few and far between at either end Sanchez Ming fluffed his shot when set up by Michael Chambers on 69 minutes and, late on Nathan Elder’s header was well held by Preston Edwards. But this was a day when defenders took the honours and in the end both sides had to settle for a point, which was probably a fair result overall.
Match report courtesy of Mr John Lawrence, Dulwich Hamlet Match Day Programme Editor
Tonbridge Angels: Jonathan Henly; Ugo Udogi (Liam Smith 63); Jack Parter; Damien Scannell; Sonny Miles; Mitchell Nelson; Tom Phipp; Luke Allen (Luke Blewden 69); Nathan Elder; Alexander Akrofi (André McCollin 76); Nick Wheeler
Subs not used: Daniel Thompson; Tommy Whitnell
Dulwich Hamlet: Preston Edwards; Marc Weatherstone; Nathan Green; Ibrahim Kargbo; Matt Drage; Michael Chambers; Sanchez Ming; Kenny Beaney; Gavin Tomlin (Dumebi Dumaka 75); Ashley Carew (Quade Taylor 75); Dipo Akinyemi (Ibra Sekajja 90+1)
Subs not used: Panutche Camara; Jacob Erskine