Willock double downs Mead
An early brace from Calum Willock ensuring Dulwich of a comfortable passage through the first round of the Alan Turvey Trophy
Dulwich Hamlet 2 Thamesmead Town 0
The Alan Turvey Trophy sponsored by Robert Dyas
Tuesday 18th August 2015
The early arrival of the League Cup on the fixture calendar had seen Dulwich Hamlet, currently topping the Premier Division, paired against a Thamesmead Town side who had got off to a speedy start in Division One North. Yet for those who had expected a tough battle against the men in green it was something of a disappointment as ‘Mead’s management chose to make a raft of changes to the team that had beaten Haringey Borough in their last league outing. Of the XI that had started the previous Saturday just two remained. Even allowing for the changes that Gavin Rose made, giving Dialing Jaiyesmini his debut at right back, resting Matt Drage and Osei Sankofa in the centre of defence, Dulwich Hamlet proved far too strong for the men in green, making sure of victory with a brace of early goals from Calum Willock.
After Ethan Pinnock had put wide a header from Dulwich’s first corner of the game and Baff Addae had failed on capitalise on a rare slip from Albert Jarrett, the Hamlet seized the initiative in the 5th minute. Dean Lodge, making his first full start in over a year played a dinky ball over the top of the Mead’s static defence, Willock showing his nous as he drifted into behind to collect the pass, rounding Aaron Ormond before deftly tucking the ball away.
More of the same on 19 minutes as Charlie Penny opened up the visitors’ defence down the right, drawing the goalkeeper from his line before setting up Willock to slam home his second. However thoughts of a Hamlet romp had to be put on the back burner as the game seemed to fizzle away into the damp of an autumnal evening. ‘Mead might have been back in the game when Pinnock produced a deft header to clear a goal bound effort off the line midway through the half but moments of excitement were rare.
Willock made way for Jacob Erskine for the second half of the game and, with his season so far frustrated by injury, the striker did his utmost to add to the Hamlet tally. Dulwich had the better of the openings in a half more akin to an evening’s training. Some of the more rumbustious Thamesmead challenges lacked finesse, Addae lacked finish when through with only an underemployed Phil Wilson to beat.
Unsurprisingly the best of the chances fell the way of the Hamlet, Ormond hacked away a low Lodge drive with his feet, denied Erskine with a block before Lodge nodded a header against the crossbar before substitute Josh Fernandes sent a spinning long range drive wide of the far top corner as Dulwich ensured a comfortable victory.
Dulwich Hamlet: Phil Wilson; Dialling Jaiyesimi; Kristian Campbell ; Jordan Hibbert; Mitchell Nelson; Ethan Pinnock; Dean Lodge; Jack Dixon; Calum Willock (Jacob Erskine HT); Charlie Penny (Jamie Mascoll 69); Albert Jarrett (Josh Fernandes 63)
Subs not used Dereece Thompson; Osman Proni
Thamesmead Town: Aaron Ormond; Michael Spencer; Jay Porter; Chris-Pat Weber; Marc Gorbell; Gaz Dauti (Michael Aziaya 35); Ainsley Everitt; Bode Anidugbe; Baff Addae; Michael Uwezu (Theo Fairweather-Johnson 58); Billy McGarrigle (Ikechi Eze 69)
Subs not used: Richard Butler; Andy Walker