20 March 2009
Dulwich Hamlet 1 - 1 Walton Castle
Hamlet cannot be dealing in draws at this stage of the season, and while recent form has been solid it looks like it will only end up in a secure mid table finish at the year end.
On St Patricks Night, where entry to the ground was free, Dulwich flew out of the blocks and took an early lead to hint that the night might end more cheerily than it did.
With barely minutes gone keeper Jamie Lunan launched one of his a long punt to a collection of players on the edge of the box, and while the home team watched the ball fly over their head Marc Cumberbatch proved to be more alive.
Scampering to the by-line to keep the ball in he managed to centre the ball where an onrushing Scott Simpson smashed the ball into the net from four yards.
Despite being on top Hamlet failed to build on their advantage, and to compound things Simpson has another effort chalked off for offside.
Before the break the scores were level when Michael Cayford bent a fine free kick past Jamie Lunan. Hamlet were clearly peeved at the award of a free kick but the quality of Cayford's effort could not be disputed.
The second half became a bit of a battle with both team matching each other for effort and application, and chances were rather at a premium.
While it is now four unbeaten games for Dulwich if they were to consider promotion he had to be four wins.
Considering the financial restraints at the club the effort of staff and players this year is still to be commended, but the pre-Christmas form promised much more than a mid table finish which is where Hamlet will end up.
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