By Paul Griffin
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date. After the international break for a World Cup which promised surprises but surprised no one in the end..
Much has changed in the Hamlet ranks with the talismanic Erhun Öztümer about to be unleased on the unsuspecting ranks of the professional game in colours new whilst throughout the Dulwich squad new faces abound. After one of the busiest pre-seasons of recent years that has posed as many questions as it answered, now is the time for the revamped Dulwich squad to show their true (pink and Blue) colours as Harrow Borough make the trek across town for this afternoon’s Ryman League Premier Division opener.
Despite finishing in a lowly 18th spot last season, the Borough proved tough opponents last term, shocking the Hamlet at Earlsmead early season, losing in the FA Trophy in the last seconds to Kershaney Samuels stunning strike before battling hard at the Hill going down 3-2 in match interrupted by thunder and lightning as Dulwich leapt to the top of the table. The Met Office has been predicting similar weather for this afternoon; could there be a similar tight match in prospect?
Experienced manager Dave Anderson spent a busy summer ensuring that the core nucleus of his squad in place, whilst making key signings to bolster his ranks including Lewis Driver, a striker who joined from Burnham. Of last season’s squad 19 re-signed for the new campaign with only Danny Leech (retired), Victor Osobu (off to Canvey Island) and goalkeeper James Shea (snapped up by League Two AFC Wimbledon) departing Earlsmead. Most heartening of those for the Boro’ faithful must have been the retention of striker Spencer Bellotti who created a big impression with the terraces but was forced out of contention by serious illness before the season’s end. Last Saturday Bellotti was on target for Harrow in the last of their preseason friendlies as last year’s Southern League champions Hemel Hempstead suffered a surprise 2-0 defeat at Earlsmead. After failing to bag a victory in five previous preseason performances that win must have come as welcome relief.
This afternoon’s game kicks off at 3.00 pm at Champion Hill Stadium, Edgar Kail Way, East Dulwich, London SE22 8BD.
The turnstiles will be open from approximately 1.00 pm with refreshment facilities available in the ground for early arrivals. As a very healthy crowd is expected, why not avoid the late rush and relax. Before the game enjoy a drink or snack in our clubhouse with live sport on the big screens, conveniently situated just a short walk from the turnstiles?
- £10 for Adults
- £4 for Concessions (Seniors – 60+, Under 18s, Unemployed (UB40, Full Time Students and Members of the Armed Forces and Blue Light Services. PLEASE present valid ID)
- Under 12s FREE accompanied by a paying adult.
Correct change would be appreciated in order to speed admission. Many thanks!
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