12th Man helps Rose reinforce squad

Sports Desk (12 February, 2015) Dulwich Hamlet Football

Fans' ponied up the dough for Hamlet gaffer Rose to secure two new strikers

400Gavin Rose has brought in two new faces with the help of the 12th man scheme at Hamlet (Photo: Dave Anderson)

A fans funded scheme at Dulwich has enabled gaffer Gavin Rose to bring in two strikers to help Hamlet secure automatic promotion.

Only the team in top spot in the Ryman Premier League will be guaranteed a place at the next level of the non-league ladder, and Rose hopes Serge Makofo and Mu Maan will bring the goals to secure that target.

The frontmen’s stay in East Dulwich will be funded by the 12th Man Scheme, a programme where Hamlet fans give donations in order to help with player purchases and wages.

Speaking about 28-year-old Makofo, who scored on his debut in a Pink and Blue jersey, Rose said: “Serge has come to us from Whitehawk, where he hasn’t really been playing, and he needs to work on his fitness because of that.

“He is somebody who offers us a change of pace up front and a bit of know how.

“He is a player who loves getting goals and other players can see that and will feed off that, it was great for him to get off the mark in his first game last week.”

Mann is likely to have more of an impact towards the end of the season, provided he can get his fitness levels up.

Rose added: “Mu Mann has been around for a while but we need to work on his fitness. We want him to be playing reserve and friendly fixtures and if his fitness comes together he could give us something different.

“He is somebody who plays off the cuff and takes the game by the scruff of the neck so he could be good for us.”

The 12th man fund has also helped with the cash needed to secure left-back Fraser Shaw who has been a mainstay of the Hamlet first eleven this campaign.

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