Match report: Margate v Dulwich Hamlet

Margate 1-2 Dulwich Hamlet

Saturday 17th January 2015
Ryman League Premier Division

This was a fantastic performance from The Hamlet (and their hordes of supporters) that was fully deserving of the victory.

With Michael Abnett fit to return to the starting line up, the side was arguably the strongest available to Gavin Rose and every one of them was to turn in a high calibre performance.

Although Margate opened the brighter, they were unable to make any impression on the Dulwich defence, before The Hamlet found their passing rhythm which was to dictate the tempo of the proceedings throughout the game.

For long periods of the game Dulwich dictated the proceedings with their accurate passing game, as they looked to bring in their wide players. In midfield, Ashley Carew dictated play and Jack Dixon was just as effective in thwarting danger and distributing the ball efficiently.

An early effort from Taylor that was easily saved by Phil Wilson was Margate’s sole early effort before The Hamlet took control. Luke Wanadio was consistently requiring the attention of two defenders as Dulwich spread the ball wide.

Frazer Shaw fired too high when well placed and Michael Abnett embarked on a run from inside his own half that resulted in a corner. Good interplay around the edge of the box saw Dulwich begin to pose some problems for the Margate defence as they looked to sl a series of short passes into the gaps behind the defenders.

It came as no surprise when Dulwich took a 20th minute lead. More good play on the right saw Ashley Carew get to the byline and deliver a low cross that Nyren Clunis, coming in from his position on the left wing, swept past Bull in the home goal.

Dulwich were now on the front foot. Bulll did well to hold a Carew free kick and then produced a fantastic save to tip a shot from Xavier Vidal wide.

It came as a real surprise when, from a rare attack, Margate levelled on the half hour. A swift break saw the ball crossed into the box by Kane and Ryan Moss headed home with ease.

However, this didn’t stop The Hamlet from continuing to dictate the proceedings, although Ladapo and Taylor were both thwarted by Phil Wilson. At the other end Ashley Carew could only find the side netting with a clever free kick that he curled around the wall after Vidal had been fouled inches outside the penalty area.

Right on half time, Luke Wanadio delivered a low driven cross that flashed across the six yard box just out of the reach of the lunging Terrell Forbes.

Half Time 1-1

The second half opened with both sides feeling each other out before, on 56 minutes, Dulwich grabbed what turned out to be the winner.

A foul midway inside the Margate half was floated into the penalty area by Ashley Carew and Ethan Pinnock glanced his header out of the reach of Bull and into the bottom corner of the net.

Ladapo forced a good save from Phil Wilson but Dulwich pushed forward in search of a third. Nyren Clunis and Xavier Vidal both fired narrowly wide and Vidal was denied a penalty when he was bundled over by a clumsy challenge just inside the box.

Margate threw on attacking substitutes and one of those, giant centre half Gerring, should have done better with a far post header that he actually sent across the goal and out for a throw in.

Attwood’s cross passed harmlessly across the box as Margate struggled to really put The Hamlet under any meaningful pressure.but, with the game deep into stoppage time, Taylor had a shot tipped wide and volleyed the resulting corner over the top.

However, Dulwich held out for a fully deserved victory that their domination of possession for long periods fully merited.

Full Time 1-2
Attendance 786.


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