Dulwich Hamlet 0, Worthing 3
FA Cup First Qualifying Round
The Road to Wembley ends in SE22 for Dulwich Hamlet after a disappointing 3-0 home defeat to Worthing in the First Qualifying Round of the FA Cup.
“And now you’re going to believe us – we’re going to win the London Senior Cup”
…was the chant from The Rabble behind the goal at full time. Not once in the 90 minutes did Dulwich even threaten to dominate this cup fixture against a team from the Isthmian League Division One South – one league lower than Dulwich.
This didn’t deter The Rabble, who although not quite swelled by the record-breaking 2,865 attendance of last Saturday, still continued to show their support throughout what was a very dire second half for Dulwich.
489 was given as the official attendance. Our back of a fag packet calculations make this around 15% of the figure from Non-League Day last weekend.
This match was given the status of showing support for the Anti-Homophobia Rainbow Laces. All the Dulwich players wore them in solidarity for the cause. Many Rabble members also bought a pair and made a donation. All money was split equally between the 12th Man scheme and the Gay Supporters Football Network.
Kick off at Champion Hill. I’m not quite sure why this happened, but even from the first touch of the ball, Dulwich just couldn’t control the play and make the home Cup tie advantage count.
The visitors from the South coast had plenty of early pressure. Dulwich simply couldn’t get hold of the ball during the opening exchanges.
A relatively calm away bench. This would soon liven up as the afternoon at Champion Hill progressed.
Set pieces were key for the visitors. Here’s the free kick that led to the first goal after only six minutes for Worthing, scored by Brannon O’Neill.
Blank faces from the Dulwich players as they look around to see who should have been marking who as the away team celebrate a 1-0 lead.
This match may have been something of a promotional afterthought after the amazing push for Non-League Day; but it was still a family friendly crowd with plenty of young support for the Hamlet.
It was all kicking off over in the Toilets Opposite Stand.
Disclaimer: I don’t think that these young folk are actually the Worthing Exiles on Tour. Nice banner though.
The Rabble tried their best to at least get the ball down to the Dulwich attacking half of the pitch during the first half. Yer man Brannon grabbed a second after 34 minutes. I’m afraid we were too busy admiring the growing canine contingent within The Rabble to capture it on camera.
Half-time and a trip to the tea bar to try and find some enthusiasm for the afternoon. We quite liked the celebration of ‘fusion’ food – a fusion of burger AND chips. The service was slightly on the slow side, but the food was just about worth the wait.
An expectant Rabble congregate behind the goal for the second half. Still only 2-0 down, and Dulwich’s Wembley dreams hadn’t yet become a nightmare.
If you didn’t look at the less than inspiring play on the pitch, it was all very pleasant in the South London sun with a view of the Transpontine Tuscany at the other end of the ground.
Don’t look now though…
A huddle of away players and a running ref reminding them to get on with it all suggests that Dulwich have just let in a third against the lower league opposition.
And so 3-0 to Worthing and Dulwich most certainly aren’t Up for the Cup this year. One wag behind the goal suggested:
“We’ve outplayed Worthing, but have shipped the goals.”
This was slightly generous.
There’s nothing wrong with the London Senior Cup by the way…