Hamlet Strike Fatal Blow to Wealdstone's Play Off Hopes
By Liam Hickey
The Hamlet made it three league wins in succession with a fine victory at play off chasing Wealdstone.
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The home side needed a victory to have a realistic chance of reaching the play offs, whilst Dulwich arrived with their safety confirmed following results in midweek.
Wealdstone flew out of the blocks and from the kick off Green saw his close range effort saved by Edwards. The resulting corner saw Edwards spill an effort from Monakana but Pratt could only push the follow up weakly at the Dulwich keeper.
The sixth minute saw the home side waste anotherb glorious chance, this time Monakana failing to beat Edwards one on one; his effort being kept out by the Dulwich keeper's legs. Green put a 9th minute effort wide before Dulwich should have taken the lead with their first attack of note.
Anthony Cook got on the ball wide on the right and his cross found Jamie Mascoll free at the back post. However, he could only place his free header just too high.
However, the home side were soon back on the attack with Tyler having an effort blocked and Monakana , followed by Brown,shooting over the top when well placed.
Despite all the pressure from the home side, it was Dulwich that took the lead in the 19th minute. Dan Thompson did well to hold the ball up and play it to Connor Hunte on the right, The Billericay loanee cut in on to his favoured left foot and beat North low to his right.
Nathan Ferguson placed a long range effort just wide after Connor Hunte had played the ball to him infield and Dipo Akinyemi curled an effort a yard wide before Wealdstone resumed their dominace.
Monakana overhit a cross that Preston Edwards had to be alert to tip over the bar, whilst Green could only divert Grant's cross to Edwards. However, Dulwich looked increasingly dangerous as they went forward and Akinyemi saw his header well saved by North after Cook had again delivered a cross from the right.
Dulwich grabbed a second goal in the 39th minute following a foul on Connor Hunte. Both Anthony Cook and Jamie Mascoll eyed up the free kick and it was the former who reprised his effort against Hungerford last week,lifting the ball over the wall and past North from 22 yards.
Preston Edwards then produced a fine save low to his right to keep out Green's free kick with three minutes remaining before the break, but Dulwich broke quickly a minute later and should have added a third goal. Connor Hunte found himself up against the final defender but, with Akinyemi unmarked to his left, he decided to go alone and North saved his effort.
Half Time 0-2
Wealdstone opened the second half in positive fashion with Brown having an early effort blocked and Green shooting wide. Monakana then tried to thread the ball through to Clark, but Preston Edwards was out quickly to clear.Grant then saw his effort deflected wide but, despite the home side having most of the efforts on goal, Dulwich still looked a threat on the break.
Anthony Cook was influential in everything The Hamlet did well and he was the architect of the clinching third goal with just nine minutes remaining. He burst forward into the penalty area and was sent crashing by a rash challenge. Dipo Akinyemi confidently converted the penalty.
Wealdstone did get a consolation goal in the 86th minute when Grant's long range effort was deflected past Edwards by Okuonghae. In fact, there could have been a nervy end for Dulwich when Monakana saw his effort saved and Allarakhia could only shoot straight at Edwards from the follow up.
Dulwich soon steadied matters and comfortably saw out the last few minutes to secure a fine away win.
Final Score 1-3