Friday, 17 April 2015

Jordan HibbEEERRRTTTTTTTT


What's happened?
Hendon 2 - 2 Dulwich Hamlet


Photo: Mike Urban












Last Saturday (10th April) Dulwich Hamlet crossed the river and ventured into deepest, darkest, doomed North London to take on the league's form team. Unchanged from the momentous 2-1 victory over Enfield 5 days prior, DHFC quickly took control.


With Hendon defending resolutely (unsurprising given their 13-match run of 10 wins and 3 draws), it seemed Dulwich would need a moment of genius to gain the upper-hand. Instead, it was a moment of 36th minute-madness. Hendon's James Fish(bad tackl)er almost snapped Luke Wandio in half and, before he'd had time to pick himself up, the referee's hand was already unleashing the coloured card of doom. Red.

However, the man advantage didn't bear fruit and our brand-new 'GOAL!' graphics remained under lock and key. Thankfully, gleefully, gloriously, that all changed but 5 minutes into the second half. One would've been forgiven for thinking namesake Arturo had pulled on the pink and blue as Xavier Vidal found a yard of space in the right-hand channel of the Hendon penalty area and arced a shot over Ben McNamara's right hand and under the cross-bar. The Rabble went wild, I high-fived Vidal's left palm and then Luke Wanadio's face (too excited to remember the 'watch the elbow' rule) and our 'GOAL!' graphic sent Twitter into meltdown.

Of course, the goal only served to breathe life into the title-chasing opponents. 15 minutes later, Harry Ottaway manfully tracked a counter-attacking winger into the box and mistimed a sliding tackle. Yellow card and penalty. Crashing against the underside of the bar and past Phil Wilson, the penalty was almost worth 2 goals. 10 minutes before time, an unmarked header dragged Hendon into a 2-1 lead and The Rabble feared the worst.

Then, oh and then, Jordan Hibbert happened. Cutting inside about 30 yards out, he absolutely belted a drive high over McNamara, against the crossbar, and down over the line. Erik Edman's 2005 goal of the season was mentioned, as was Gio van Bronckhorst's goal vs Uruguay but this, this was even better. It hit the bar for a start - double points. After much conversation between the match officials, the goal was given and DHFC saw out injury-time for a valuable play-off-push point. 4 points from Enfield and Hendon - a fine return given previous form. Forward The Hamlet.

Oh - where's the video The Tank took of us all as he drove off after the match? Anyone know?

Check out Brixton Buzz's photo match report here.


FTH 19
Our latest episode came out on Tuesday. It features a catch-up with Harry Ottaway and Phil Wilson, a chat with Joe 'The Tank' Benjamin and we also meet Peckham Town FC founder Bryan Hall.

Listen here.


Sponsorship appeal
Our campaign to enter the DHFC 2015-16 sponsorship prize-draw continues. We're doing well but there are only a few tickets remaining and so we need all the help we can get! A huge thank you to all who have donated so far.

Find out more here.








What's next?
Dulwich Hamlet v Maidstone United
Dulwich could confirm a play-off place, Maidstone could win the league. Honestly, we don't have time to go through the permutations so you'll have to take our word for it. 2,600 tickets already sold tells the story.

MAKE SURE YOU'RE BEHIND THE GOAL AT THE GREENDALE END FROM 14:30 TO GET THE PARTY STARTED.

If you can, of course. We're also looking forward to an outing for the DHFC Supporters' Team against their Maidstone counterparts. Belair Park, 10.30 kick-off. Feast of football.

Check out the league table to the right and tell us you're not excited. See you there.



Forward The Hamlet scarf
Available to your good selves for £6 tomorrow at Champion Hill. Keep an eye out.



Injury time
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.

Forward The Hamlet.

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