By Ben Henderson
NATIONAL LEAGUE South football returns to south London this weekend as Dulwich Hamlet host Chippenham Town. The match will kick off at 3pm on Saturday at Hamlet’s temporary home, Imperial Fields.
The tie may appear a mismatch when viewed in the context of the league table. Chippenham are in sixth place and a win could lift them to second. Hamlet, meanwhile, are hovering just above the relegation zone in eighteenth.
However, both sides enter the contest in fine form.
In the league, Chippenham have claimed three wins on the bounce and four in their last five games, including an impressive victory over title chasers Billericay Town.
Dulwich, likewise, are enjoying a purple patch. The Londoners have lost only one of their last five matches in all competitions, including a superb league victory at table-topping Woking.
The tie, therefore, contains an intriguing plot. Have Gavin Rose’s side come of age in the National League South after a shaky start, or is their recent form simply a flash in the pan?
Dulwich will be buoyed by the news this week that their Premier League neighbours Crystal Palace have agreed to play a friendly at Imperial Fields. The match, taking place on October 11, will provide Hamlet with a much-needed cash infusion.
Last league results:
Woking 1-2 Dulwich Hamlet
Chippenham 1-0 Gloucester City
Hamlet 13/10 Draw 12/5 Chippenham