Gavin Rose takes his Hamlet side to Westleigh Park tomorrow evening to take on Havant in a rescheduled affair due to the Hawks previous FA Cup commitments. Dulwich come into the match on the back of cup triumphs in both the London Senior Cup over fellow National League South outfit, Welling United, as well as the FA Trophy, where a late Tyrone Sterling winner has set up an away trip to Plymouth Parkway in the third round.
Despite the recent victorious cup endeavours, the Hamlet come into this league fixture after they suffered their first away domestic defeat of the season. Oxford City were the conquerors in a tight matchup, which ultimately saw the Hoops leapfrog their capital opponents after a 2-0 win at Marsh Lane.
The Hawks come into the match on the back of some solid league form, picking up eleven points from their last five games (a point more than Rose’s men have accumulated in the same period). Although Paul Doswell’s side will be disappointed with their most recent result, as they crashed out of the FA Trophy at Slough Town. The Rebels have enjoyed a decent time against Havant of late with Slough also the last side to hand Wednesday night’s opponents their last league loss back in October.
Last time the two sides met came back in November of last year, when after initially taking the lead, the Hamlet eventually fell to a 3-1 defeat at Westleigh Park. Deon Moore got the visitors goal, before a Sam Magri strike, and a Charlie Grainger own goal, turned the game on its head. Craig Robson rounded off the scoring in the second half to complete the comeback. Dulwich’s last win away at the Hawks was in 2019 when Christian Smith and Aaron Barnes ensured Alfie Rutherford’s goal was a mere consolation as the Hamlet progressed into the First Round Proper of the FA Cup. That set up a televised tie against League Two Carlisle United at Champion Hill, on a night many Hamlet fans fondly remember.