Captital League West Division
Staines Town 1, Dulwich Hamlet 3
The Dulwich second string provided some much needed anaesthetic after last night’s valiant, but ultimately unsuccessful attempt for the Ryman League Cup. A Junior James brace and a Jake Rose header ensured that the Hamlet Reserves picked up three deserved points against a toothless Staines outfit. Indeed, Dulwich put in a good performance and their dominance was hard to dispute: Andre Calado and Fabian Reid both produced impressive performances in the middle of the rain lashed park that meant large parts of the game were dictated by the Hamlet engine room.
Staines were feisty and eager, without causing any real serious problems for the Pink ‘n’ Blues. They harried and hustled but struggled to contain Dulwich. In the later stages of the first half, James thumped a fine finish past Town ‘keeper Kyle Merson, after some dexterous build up play set him up just inside the penalty box.
The second half had barely got going, as Jake Rose capitalised on an attractive Abdul Mansaray cross and nodded it past Merson, a goal which effectively ended any Staines hopes of victory. It could easily have been a greater score margin as well: the tidy Calado twanged a long range strike towards goal that forced a smart save and James hit the post, with both efforts underscoring the difference in attacking quality between the two sides.
Having said that, a Staines header brought the score back to 2-1, but two minutes later James bagged his second, as a deflection spewed towards him and he gracefully cut inside the defender and walloped the ball past the flailing mitts of Merson.
Anthony Page in the Dulwich goal tipped a dangerous, spinning ball over his bar late on, but apart from that it was a fairly quiet evening for the Hamlet backline.
As mentioned above, Calado demonstrated some nice touches in midfield and the colossal Marc-Anthony Okoye put in a solid, ball-playing performance at centre half. James worked tirelessly up front too but the whole team gave a performance of promise and one that crucially shows that Dulwich are not a squad devoid of any depth.
Team: Anthony Page; Olumide Lapite, Tom Skelton, Brandon Garner, Marc-Anthony Okoye; Fabian Reid, Andre Calado; Kareem Boyle, Jake Rose, Abdul Mansaray; Junior James. Subs: Junior Kadi (for Mansaray) and Gavin Rose (not used).