vs Walton Casuals
7.45 pm (Admission Free)
|Dulwich Hamlet||Walton Casuals|
|Jamie Lunan||Craig Bradshaw|
|Ryan Adams||Jack Francis|
|Nathan Simpson||Michael Cayford|
|Mohamed Coly||Craig Lewington (Captain)|
|Shayne Mangodza||Richard Orlu|
|Marc Cumberbatch||Francis Duku|
|Daniel Francis||Michael Barima|
|Cedric Ngakam||Gavin Bolger|
|Ahoua Steven||Luke Roodenburg|
|Stuart Myall||Paul Armstrong|
|Scott Simpson||Kristian Webb|
|Ryan Myers||Patrick Damali-Songe|
|John-Paul Collier||Sonny Farr|
|Peter Martin||Nick White|
|Daryl Plummer||Anthony Gale|
|Scott Simpson 12||Michael Cayford 40|
|Scott Simpson, Marc Cumberbatch, Stuart Myall||None|
|Peter Martin (for Mo Coly 64), John-Paul Collier (for Ryan Adams 74)||Patrick Damali-Songe (for Luke Roodenburg HT)|
The night before last, we drew 1-1 here with WALTON CASUALS in a League fixture. Early indications were that it was going to be a very open encounter, but as the game wore on defences established a stranglehold and both sides had to settle for a draw, which was about the right result.
The game certainly got off to a lively start, and we were particularly bright during the first quarter of an hour. Daniel Francis stung the palms of Craig Bradshaw with a ferocious shot from the edge of the box which the Casuals 'keeper did well to parry and in the 12th minute we went ahead. Jamie Lunan's long free-kick was chased to the bye-line by Marc Cumberbatch who whipped in a cross for Scott Simpson to slam home from close quarters. Midway through the half, Marc Cumberbatch had to leave the field with a cut above the eye; during the ten minutes he was off receiving treatment our opponents almost snatched an equaliser, but Jamie Lunan pulled off a good save above his head from Kristian Webb's close-range shot. Our skipper eventually returned to the fray but five minutes before half-time Casuals equalised. Ryan Adams was harshly penalised when he appeared to win a tackle fairly just outside the box and visiting left-back Michael Cayford drove the free-kick past our defensive wall and low inside Jamie Lunan's right-hand post.
Marc Cumberbatch had to go off for further treatment when his wound reopened early in the second-half, but once again he came back and bravely soldiered on at the heart of our defence. Walton had their own heroes in the shape of central defensive pairing Richard Orlu and one-time Hamlet player Francis Duku who were outstanding throughout the game. Our forwards certainly got little change out of them in the second-half and apart from the occasional darting runs of Ahoua Steven and Daniel Francis we never looked like scoring again. Neither did Casuals for that matter, apart from a solitary effort from substitute Patrick Damali-Songe who stabbed the ball wide after manoeuvring himself into a reasonable shooting position just before the hour mark.