THIS FORUM IS FOR FANS OF DULWICH HAMLET FC TO AIR THEIR VIEWS BUT IS COMPLETELY INDEPENDENT FOR THE FOOTBALL CLUB
well we lost 4-2 against a well organised 'professional' side. Their striker Danny Mills scored a hat trick and won a (dubious) penalty and we couldn't deal with him. We were 1 down when Kevin James ghosted past a static defence and slotted home. Then about 5 mins before half time Drage nearly had his head kicked off as he cleared a cross. This resulted in a corner from which we conceded. WE conceded another header before Carew made it 3-2 after Scannell was brought down. Mills completed his hat trick with the last kick
Now the other stuff, our selection had many of us wondering with Nelson and Hibbert as full backs Sankofa partnering Pinnock and Drage anchoring midfield with Carew . The rest of the formation I have no idea
Gavin was sent to the stands after a half time rant at the ref as he left the pitch.
Not sure why but I find Whitehawk a niggly unpleasant place to go, with a selection in their band (and I mean band)of about 200 fans who I have no desire to see again. Their keepers time wasting from minute 1 was pathetic, their whinging (no 7) was a pain and the dubious dive for the pen did nothing to cheer me
We may have a healthy budget these days but god knows what Whitehawk were paying. We were beaten by a physical organised unpleasant team but not outplayed
Oh well we can concentrate on the league
Re: v Whitehawk
Whitehawk are the strongest side I've seen us play in a league or cup match for several years. They had a bit too much individual quality and would probably have found a way to beat us without a sequnce of appalling decisions by the refreree, mostly in the early part of the game. We should have had a penalty inisde five minutes when Scannell was pulled back by the arm as he ran the ball into the box. They got a dubious looking one after ten minutes when Wilson came off his line to stop Mills, but there was a clear handling offence in the build up so we should have had a free kick. (If Wilson had committed a foul in that situation he should have been sent off, so the fact the ref only booked shim suggested he wasn't absolutely certain it was a foul in the first place. Then as mentioned we should have had a free kick instead of them being awarded the corner from which they go their second. Scannell was clearly pulling vigorously on his marker's shirt before peeling off and being brought down for our penalty. The linesman appearede to see that and the referee consulted him after complaints from the home players, then decided to stick by his initial decision! Their cheating runt of a number 7 should have had a second yellow card for a shameful piece of simulation, throwing himself dramatically to the floor after being outmuscled by Scannell, then near the end he went down as it he'd been blasted in the legs with a shotgun after an innocous challenge by lightweight youth teamer Jayesimi, before quickly recovering when he realised the ref wasn't going to book our man. The keeper's timewasting was ridiculous. He didn't really need to do it,. it just seemed to be almost something he felt he should to out of habit - a default reaction to being ahead.
I wouldn't mind watching Whitehawk regularly, because they are an excellent team, but their wage bill must be astronomical, and how on earth do you justify operating a full time professional squad on their crowds? They were only one match away from promotion to Conference National last season, yet their last home league attendance (agaisnt Chelmsford) was just 238. Clubs like this epitomiose everything that's wrong with non-league football for me. Power mad millionaire(s) splurging ridiculous amounts of money on players without improving the ground sufficiently (the two glorified second hand Meccano stands behind the goal hardly count) or pulling the crowds to sustain it in the long term. We've seen it all beofre. In a few years time they'll either go bust of go plummetting back down the divisions: Hornchurch, Fisher Athletic, Grays Athletic, Canvey Island, Farnborough (twice), St Leonards, Colne Dynamoes, Sittingbourne etc.