Friday, 10 April 2015

Enfields of gold

What's happened?
Dulwich Hamlet 2 - 1 Enfield Town

Photo: Mike Urban

Last Saturday (4th March), DULWICH WON A GAME OF FOOTBALL! Not only that, DULWICH SCORED FROM OPEN PLAY! The pink and blue always looks that little bit better in the sunshine, and Dulwich looked a helluva lot better during a first half which blew Enfield away.

The centre-midfield trio of Jack Dixon, Ashley Carew and Xavier Vidal made a welcome return to the starting line up in a 3-5-2 formation that quickly gave DHFC the upper-hand. Add to this the pace and guile down the wings provided by Luke Wanadio (Wanads) and Albert Jarrett (Jazzy Fizzle), it was no surprise when Wanads was tripped in the box and a penalty given after just 16 minutes. Ash Carew buried the spot kick and the home fans celebrated as if they'd beaten Leatherhead and Tooting at the same time. Truth be told, there was also huge relief given there had yet again been a couple of defensive mistakes before the penalty crashed into the net. 

Just before the break, Jazzy made great progress down the left wing and delayed his cross until Xav was in a goalscoring position. Meeting the ball as it bounced on the 6-yard line, Xav half-volleyed Dulwich into a 2-0 lead. A first goal from open play in over 400 minutes of football and only the second since a 3-1 win at Bury Town on Valentine's Day. 

As many feared, the second half proved to be a nerve-wracking mess of a game. Enfield came out the brighter of the two teams and in the 68th minute, it happened. Nathan Livings belted a loose ball past Phil Wilson and all of a sudden the clock atop the Tommy Jover Stand appeared to stop ticking (or had it stopped ticking already, who knows?).

Even after having a man sent off for something (we still have no idea what for), Enfield pushed for an equaliser. Thankfully, gloriously, Dulwich held on for a first win in 8 league games to move 4 points clear of the visitors in the race for a playoff place. YEEEAAAAAHHHHHH. The first half was widely agreed to be the best DHFC have played for at least 2/3 months, possibly longer.

We have to mention the Enfield Town fans too - they made a brilliant racket for most of the game. Makes such a difference when there's noise coming from the other end of the ground - top work. We hope they make the playoffs.

Check out Brixton Buzz's photo match report of the game here.

Check out The Luxury Fan's match report here.

We launch appeal to fund entry to DHFC 2015-16
sponsorship prize-draw

Before last Saturday's game, we launched an appeal to fund £300 for us to purchase a quarter-page advert in a DHFC match programme. Along with the advert, this also guarantees one ticket to a prize-draw for a huge range of DHFC 2015-16 sponsorship packages.

The big prize is home shirt sponsorship for the whole of next season, there's also away shirt sponsorship, tracksuit sponsorship and player sponsorship amongst many others.

We have absolutely no budget to pay for such things (we make no money from tshirt sales and don't particularly want to) and so have asked for help from Dulwich Hamlet fans and podcast listeners.

We hope you'll agree that the chance of having something linked to the club on DHFC homeshirts next season is too good to miss - more than anything it surely beats having an estate agent on there!

The initial response to the appeal was absolutely incredible and we're completely humbled by the generosity of those who've donated (there was almost a tear shed after the 6th pint on Saturday).

DHFC Commercial Manager Claudia Dukes has informed us that there are only around 20 tickets left and so we need everyone who has kindly said they'll help out to please please please take 5 mins to donate.

Episode 18 with Gavin Rose, Jordan Hibbert and The
Luxury Fan
Gav sheds light on what's been going wrong on the pitch over the past couple of months and answers the question 'Where's Dean Lodge?'

Jordan tells us of his overseas experiences in Portugal and Sweden, and what it's like to play in midfield alongside a world-class deep-lying playmaker*.

The Luxury Fan (Will Magee) gives us an insight into a life of artisan food, fine wines, and cold and windy nights at various non-league grounds across London.

*Ash Carew.

Listen here   |   iTunes here

Peckham Town 2 - 1 Long Lane
With no more midweek DHFC league games this season, we headed down to Southwark Sports Ground (brilliantly self-titled the Menace Arena) to take in this feistiest of local derbies between Peckham Town and Long Lane in the Kent County League Division One West.

On a previous visit to the Arena, a Peckham Town player had told us "I don't hate them [Forest Hill Park] as much as Long Lane. I f*cking hate Long Lane".

Boy did it show - a penalty, a red card apiece and numerous full-blooded challenges later and Peckham came from behind to triumph 2-1.

Check out our photos from the game on our Facebook page.

Visit Peckham Town's website here.

What's next?
Hendon v Dulwich Hamlet
Saturday 11 April, Earlsmead Stadium, Harrow. Hendon have won 10 and drawn 3 of their last 13 league games - a run which has propelled them into the league title race. During this period, they've also defeated Margate and Maidstone in the Isthmian League Cup. Check out the league table opposite.

It's the first of two huge games in a row for Dulwich - Maidstone visit Champion Hill the following Saturday. These two weekends will likely decide whether or not Dulwich secure a playoff spot.

Postcode for the ground is HA2 8SS. We hope to see you there!

Episode 19 out on Tuesday (14th)
Featuring Joe 'THE TANK' Benjamin, Phil Wilson & Harry Ottaway and Peckham Town FC founder Bryan Hall. Keep those ears open. 

Injury time
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Don't forget we've added a gallery of DHFC supporters wearing club attire on their travels across the world. Check it out.

Listen to all past episodes here.

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