Dulwich Hamlet end 21-year FA Cup wait

Sports Desk (20 October, 2019) Sport Dulwich Hamlet Football

Gavin Rose's side defeated their National League South rivals Havant & Waterlooville

32808Christian Smith scored the Hamlet's first. Photo: Ollie Jarman

Dulwich Hamlet are into the first round of the FA Cup for the first time in 21 years after they defeated Havant & Waterlooville 2-1 on Saturday. 

Dulwich were 2-0 up after 18 minutes through goals from Christian Smith and Aaron Barnes, before Alfie Rutherford halved the advantage in the 28th minute.

A minute earlier Smith thought he had his side’s third when he finished following Dominic Vose’s shot, but he was in an offside position.

Jack Connors fired narrowly wide in the 60th minute before the visitors had an escape when Havant’s Jonah Ayunga saw his effort cleared off the line.

The hosts’ last chance came in the ninth minute of added-time when Smith blocked Ryan Seager’s shot.

The Hamlet will hope to go at least one better than in 1998, when they lost 1-0 at home to Southport.

Dulwich are ball number 64 in Monday evening’s draw, which will take place from 7.10pm on BBC One. The club are opening their bar from 6pm.

Image: @Ollie_Jarman 

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