THIS EVENING'S MATCH PREVIEW – TUESDAY 21st AUSGUST 2012 – WALTON AND HERSHAM AWAY (KO 7.45 PM)
Dulwich Hamlet's annual trip to Stompond Lane usually seem to foresee the coming of a season's end but the bigwigs atop Isthmian Towers have instead chosen to seen the Pink and Blue Army marching off to leafy suburbia before the first leaves turn crinkly brown, autumn nights draw in and the urban footpad tests some unguarded deadbolt.
And what a Tuesday night taster is promises to be as, the Hamlet, nosed ahead of the field by dint of their Saturday afternoon rout of Ramsgate in the heat of a Champion Hill cauldron, come face to face with the opening day paper poopers after Swans left their mark on Maidstone. It was supposed to be the triumphant homecoming, Maidstone's Gallagher Stadium, the smell of fresh glue and sundried paint still lingering on the breeze, welcoming back the Stones to their home town after far too wandering in the wilderness, vain assurances that the Promised Land would soon be theirs starting to wear thin. Up against the Stones, a Walton and Hersham side that have so often underperformed despite investment in players of quality, players of experience, players of finesse. Dulwich fans only need to recall the last two trips to Stompond Lane for that to register true. Yet when the time came, it was the Swans that flew high, the Stones that rolled over. Short odds favourites for the title prior to the game Maidstone United's defence was as leaden footed as Frankenstein's creation putting on a defensive horror show saw them ship five goals, the preternaturally mercurial wingman Phil Williams, late of this parish, bagging a brace as did that ever dangerous poacher, Graeme Purdy, Jason Hendry completing the scorers.
Last season Dulwich enjoyed a three nil victory at the Lane with Sanchez Ming downing a double and Frankie Sawyer chipping in with the third. That win came just ten days after Dulwich had recovered from a goal down and a missed spot kick to turn over the Swans in a fiery Alan Boon Cup clash. Unfortunately it was not to be a triple as in the league encounter at Champion Hill a regimented display of defending kept Dulwich at bay in a dour match of few chances.
The evening's game kicks off at 7.45 pm at Stompond Lane, directions can be found by clicking here
Match Day Ticket Prices
OAP's and Children (under 16) £5
OAP's and Children (under 16) Free
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