Dulwich Hamlet 0, Bognor Regis Town 1
Dulwich Hamlet dropped three home points with a frustrating performance at home to Bognor Regis Town in the Ryman Premier League. An early second half goal from the fantastically named Doug Tuck was enough to see the Rocks move up to 16th in the table. Dulwich drop down to fourth.
An impressive crowd of 1,061 turned up at Champion Hill on what was a glorious South London autumnal afternoon. It was a shame that the football somewhat spoilt the Tuscany like weather.
After the meet ‘n’ greet was formally over, we took up our place at the other end of the ground. We were particularly impressed with the Dulwich approach to Health and Safety.
DANGER! Big puddle alert outside the gents. Please walk around the assorted collection of Tupperware to avoid any unfortunate trouser soakings.
The impressive crowd of 1,061 was helped along by the club very kindly allowing local students to gain free entry for the match. Many returning students live around the local area. Sadly our NUS card carrying days are well behind us, but it was great to welcome so many potential new fans to Champion Hill.
It was all a little tense on both benches as the game kicked off. Dulwich started with some promise against a Bognor team that was in the bottom four of the league ahead of the game.
This was a truly wonderful South London autumnal afternoon. Even the Car Wash End had a hint of Tuscany about it, if you squinted slightly and put on a pair of shades.
An intimidating pair of hands from the away ‘keeper. Sadly nothing would get past these all afternoon.
Dulwich did manage to create all of the early pressure. Bognor were boxed in their own half, but still managed t play a decent passing game whilst defending.
Dulwich seemed happy to attack from the wide positions. This led to a number of corners, but sadly no goal celebrations.
The Rabble behind the home goal was helped along by Amanda the Samba – we think that’s her name? Fine work Madam in keeping the rhythm tight for a bunch of singers that sometimes lack cohesion, but certainly not enthusiasm.
The Camberwell 5th Scout Group were another welcome addition to Champion Hill on Saturday. The young paps snapped away all afternoon. The club very kindly offered to organise a photo competition for the Scouts. The winner will receive a family season ticket.
High hopes from another Hamlet set piece. Live the dream, and the disappointment.
Keeping a tight line.
Time for the traditional ‘all kicking off in the Toilets Opposite Stand’ pic caption.
Just look at that space! But Bognor defended well. What was really frustrating is that as the afternoon wore on, the away team grew with more confidence. This wasn’t your typical hit them on the break away tactic. At times it seemed like Bognor were playing at home.
You thought you had scored. You were wrong. You were wrong.
Side netting, fella.
There was a sizeable away support for Bognor. Much like their team, they grew in confidence as the afternoon wore on.
The growing collection from the Dulwich Range.
All on sale from within the Mega Shed.
Subs do the subs thing.
It did feel at times like we were back in a Student Union bar. This is no bad thing.
Here come those big safe pair of hands again from the Bognor ‘keeper.
The early rhythm from Dulwich soon disappeared. The Bognor defending seemed to sap this out of the home team.
A change of ends at half time, and the Car Wash End was a wonderful place to be soaking up the South London sun.
This is Tuscany. Yeah.
Snappers snap, suppers sup.
That will be the keeper’s then.
Meanwhile back up the other end and disaster for Dulwich. Yer man Doug Tuck makes the most of a Dulwich defence that just couldn’t close down the attack. 1-0 to the away team.
Now it really is all happening in the Toilets Opposite Stand.
More wide play from Dulwich. Sadly the same outcome: a corner and the ‘keeper claims the ball.
If at first you don’t succeed…
Lovely lens flare. Take that, 5th Camberwell Scouts.
The Rabble hardcore did a great job in trying to create an atmosphere. We’ve heard louder Hamlet home support from a much smaller crowd.
Edgar Kail in my heart…
Rabble rousing The Rabble.
Job almost done for the Bognor ‘keeper, our personal Man of the Match.
Come full time and the Dulwich glass wasn’t even half empty.