DULWICH HAMLET’S chances of promotion received a huge shot in the arm after they defeated Kingstonian 4-2 at Champion Hill on Monday night.
Kingstonian hadn’t won in nine games and it showed. Ashley Carew put his side ahead from the penalty spot – his 44th goal in 150 games for the club – in the first half before Ibra Sekajja doubled the lead soon after the break.
Goalkeeper Rob Tolfrey denied Hamlet a third when he brilliantly pushed Ibrahim Kargbo’s header onto the bar However, Tolfrey could little to prevent the dominant home side extending their lead in front of the 595 attendance when Nyren Clunis surged down the right wing before crossing accurately for Dipo Akinyemi to finish. Kingstonian got a goal back with just over 20 minutes left through a Pico Gomez free-kick that eluded Preston Edwards.
Sekajja made the game safe for Dulwich two minutes into added time, before Joe Turner grabbed a consolation for the visitors.
In a busy week for the Isthmian League Premier Division side, with three crucial league games in six days, boss Gavin Rose showed the strength of the squad by resting Gavin Tomlin, Kargbo and Sanchez Ming, with Sekajja and Panutche Camara starting and Clunis returning from injury.
Monday’s result left them in seventh place in the table, with between two and four games in hand on all of the sides above them except Leiston, who are sixth. Dulwich were playing second-placed Havant & Waterlooville on Wednesday night at Champion Hill after the News went to press.
They play Billericay Town – who have former West Ham and England defender Paul Konchesky in their squad – on Saturday, before the return fixture against the Essex side next Tuesday.