THIS AFTERNOON'S MATCH PREVIEW – RAMSGATE (HOME) KO 3.00 SATURDAY 18th AUGUST 2012
With a vintage summer of sport almost behind us, it seems churlish to remind supporters that the new Ryman League campaign kicks into gear this afternoon at Champion Hill with the visit of Ramsgate. Given the forecast for a steamy afternoon weather wise one cannot but cast a villainous look in the direction of Isthmian Towers and the insensitive souls ensconced there who have chosen to bring Ramsgate up from the seaside on such a day whilst denying hardboiled fans to chance to cool off in the briny.
Last season's two encounters produced much the same result, a single goal settling both encounters, Andre Costa's early maiden strike decided the destination of the points at Champion Hill. in the return encounter, postponed to a murky Tuesday night after snow and ice wiped out the original date, controversy abounded with then Rams manager, Jim Ward, left incandescent with rage, convinced that Peter Adeniyi's winner should never been allowed after his eagle-eyes s[potted an alleged handball infringement through the gloom that went unnoticed by all in officialdom. Ward has now departed the Southwood Stadium after so many loyal years of service to the Rams, taking up the cudgel at Sittingbourne and in his stead, the baton of leadership has passed to former player and assistant manager Tim Dixon. Ward's departure after so long in the hot seat saw many fans fear a mass exodus of some of their brightest long stars and long serving stalwarts but Dixon has done a fine job in keeping key members of the squad from departing, among then the veteran striker Warren Schulz, always a threat despite the advancing years, and exciting young local forward, Tom Chapman, fast maturing.
As for Gavin Rose, he has the weighty burden of expectation heavy on his shoulders after the double disappointment of a second successive playoff final defeat but this can only make him more determined to ascend the heights once more and cleanse the hurt from the Hamlet. Dulwich Hamlet, like all of us, is not immune from the economic pain that inflicts the world and the summer has seen a number of departures from Champion Hill, including the likes of Francis Duku, Sanchez Ming and Charles Ofusu-Hene, all of whom shone in Hamlet's charge to the playoff final. In addition, Ishmail Kamara and Omarr Lawson are currently trialling at Football League clubs whilst Andre Costa has been snapped up by our old Youth Team manager, Steve King, at Macclesfield. To all these players who strived so hard, yet are no longer with us, all at Dulwich Hamlet offer our best wishes and thanks.
And so to today. Rose has had a busy summer looking at triallists, some old faces, some new, the majority exciting, and we should see the fruits of his labours today. the ASPIRE Academy continues to produce the goods with the likes of Kershaney Samuels, Terence Carter and Xavier Vidal all playing their part in preseason whilst former Charlton youngster Erhun Aksel Öztümer excited in those warm up games. In addition young centre half Josh Turner, newly arrived from Carshalton, drew praise from several quarters for surefooted defensive displays. Even Rose himself pulled on the old boots again!
This afternoon's game kicks off at 3.00 pm at Champion Hill Stadium, Edgar Kail Way, East Dulwich, London SE22 8BD. Before the game why not enjoy a drink or snack in the ground cosy cocktail bar, conveniently situated just a short walk from the turnstiles? Right up until kick-off time there is ONE POUND OFF all pints in the bar with live sport on the big screens.
£9 for Adults
£4 for Concessions (Seniors - 60+, Under 16s, Unemployed (UB40) & Full Time Students with valid ID)
Under 12s FREE accompanied by a paying adult.
Correct change would be appreciated in order to speed admission. Many thanks!
Please note: Despite the presence of ticket machines in the lower car park, there is NO CHARGE for legitimate use of this facility by those attending Dulwich Hamlet games.