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Sat 22 Dec 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - Vanarama National League South Full time Attendance 342

Stoppage Time Equaliser Thwarts Hamlet

A goal in stoppage time denied The Hamlet all three points.

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A Dulwich side with only one fit centre half, and even he was injured before the end, were denied three points by a stoppage time equaliser for the home team.

The side showed significant changes from that defeated by Wingate & Finchley, with Gavin Tomlin, Jason Banton, Sanchez Ming and Ashley Carew dropped to the bench, whilst Ibrahim Kargbo was not available and Quade Taylor was injured. With Magnus Okuonghae and Michael Chambers still injured it meant that only one centre back, Cheick Toure, was available. That meant that Michael Onovwigun, returning from his 3 month loan spell at Carshalton Athletic, was deployed in an unfamiliar left sided defensive role.

Dulwich started slowly and Preston Edwards had to cut out a low cross in the third minute as the home side looked to grab an early lead. However, with their first real venture into the Gloucester half, Dulwich went very close to scoring as Dominic Vose hit a volley that had Wollacott in the home goal well beaten but flashed just wide,

Teenager Jay Rich-Baghuelou, making his first league appearance, was booked for a wild challenge and Hanks free kick beat the wall but also the crossbar. Dipo Akinyemi then volleyed just wide after a flick on from new striker Dan Thompson, whilst Nyren Clunis and Nathan Green both left it to each other when an Anthony Cook cross arrived on the six yard line.

At the other end, Wright headed just wide for Gloucester but it was Dulwich who were creating, and not taking, presentable opportunities. Dipo Akinyemi saw his weak effort easily saved and a Nyren Clunis cross flashed across the goal before Dulwich took a 32nd minute lead.

Anthony Cook was brought down and, when the free kick looped up off the top of the wall, Dan Thompson acrobatically volleyed hom a debut goal. Nyren Clunis then saw an effort blocked and Anthony Cook was brought down inches outside the penalty area as Dulwich finished the half strongly.

Half Time 0-1

Dulwich started the second half looking to put the game out of the home side's reach but Nyren Clunis wasted a good chance after a cross reached him at the far post but they quickly faded as Gloucester monopolised possession but rarely created any chances. On the hour, Rich-Baghuelou had to block an effort after Preston Edwards punched clear but there was generally a lot of effort but no chances created.

On 76 minutes, Dulwich should have been awarded a clear penalty. As Nyren Clunis got the better of his opponent on the right the full back had two attempts to bring him down outside the box and finally succeeded with a third attempt 2 yards inside the penalty area. The assistant raised his flag and everybody waited for the referee to point to the spot. Unbelievably, he blew his whistle and gave a free kick inches outside the penalty area.

With this let off, the home side rallied and Preston Edwards had to fly to his left to push out an effort, the follow up being fired horribly wide. Anthony Cook then wasted a chance to wrap up the points when he shot wide after being given time and space at the far post.

Cheick Toure had to be taken off with nine minutes remaining, leaving The Hamlet with no recognised central defenders. but Dulwich looked to have held out until a defensive slip in the third minute of stoppage time let Williams through on goal and he beat Preston Edwards.

However, with time running out Dulwich almost regained the lead when Ashley Carew fired an effort from the edge of the penalty area that beat Wollacott but it struck the post and a follow up effort was hacked off the line.

Final Score 1-1

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