DULWICH HAMLET claimed a point at Concord Rangers on Saturday but it should have been much more as they search for a first league win of 2019.
Hamlet struck the woodwork twice, had a goal controversially chalked off and could have had two penalties against promotion-chasing Rangers.
Gavin Rose’s side, playing with the wind at their backs after the break, went close in the 65th minute when Sol Pryce – who was making his debut after signing on loan from League Two Swindon Town last week – saw his effort saved by Sam Beasant.
With seven minutes left, Quade Taylor appeared to be brought down in the box, but the referee instead awarded a free-kick and Anthony Cook’s effort came back off the crossbar.
Less than a minute later, Nyren Clunis beat Beasant but not the post before the ball bounced behind off the goalkeeper’s head. From the resulting corner Taylor again looked like he was fouled but this time play was waved on.
Incredibly, the drama was far from over as Nathan Green headed in only to see the linesman’s raised flag deny him.
Hamlet then could have lost a game they deserved to take all three points from when, in injury-time, Ahmed Abdullah’s effort hit the woodwork with goalkeeper Preston Edwards relieved to see the ball bounce clear.
The point leaves Hamlet nineteenth in the National League South table, five points above the relegation zone.
Meanwhile, Hamlet offered their support to lifelong fan Mishi Morath after he was taken ill last week.
The club today learnt that lifelong fan and former committee member Mishi Morath (@DulwichMishi) has been taken seriously ill today while watching a game in Kent.
— Dulwich Hamlet FC (@DulwichHamletFC) February 1, 2019