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Dorking Wanderers 0 Dulwich Hamlet 1
Posted: 10th September 2017
An early goal and missed chances in the second half condemned Dorking Wanderers to s first home defeat of the season against a strong Dulwich Hamlet.
The game was just two minutes old when a Dulwich corner was met by the head of Rickie Hayley unmarked in the box, and he powered a header past Harry Palmer into the Dorking net. It might have been worse for Wanderers as the visitors dominated the early stages - Palmer reacted smartly to smother the ball as Nana Boakye-Yiadon shot inside the six-yard box and Nyren Clunis whose pace was causing problems on the right, had time and space to pick out Sanchez Ming for a low drive that stung the Dorking keeper’s hands.
Clunis again broke free, this time through the middle and, with only the keeper to beat and a second goal looking inevitable, chipped a shot just wide of the far post.
“We had a shaky first quarter of an hour – and not for the first time this season,” conceded Wanderers’ manager Marc White. “We set ourselves up to play very positively, but we gave ourselves a mountain to climb with the poor marking for that early goal,” he added.
But, as Jerome Beckles began to impose himself in midfield, Dorking began to get a foothold in the game. Tom Tolfrey came close, then a quick exchange of passes with James McShane and Matt Briggs shot wide of the far post.
Still Dulwich looked dangerous and Michael Chambers’ pinpoint cross-field pass landed on the boot of Boakye-Yiadom at the far post, but his volley went straight into Harry Palmer’s grateful hands.
Despite dominating the first half, The Hamlet’s one-goal lead began to look rather slender as Wanderers, inspired by McShane’s creativity, had the best of the game after the break.
On the hour, Briggs ran through the middle and slid the ball through to Giuseppe Sole in the box, but his first time shot was driven wide of the post. There was a more glaring miss ten minutes’ later as Briggs played in Gareth Chedlik who turned on the spot before squaring to Dan Pearse, but the midfielder scooped the ball over the bar with the goal at his mercy.
“We’re not disheartened,” said White despite defeat. “We competed well and were the better side in the second half, but there are fine margins that make the difference between winning and losing at the level we're now playing. So we missed two good chances that could have got us something out of the game, but can't put it down to bad luck - we just have to work and turn those fine margins in our favour.”
Dorking FC: Palmer, Hamlin, Sheridan, Ray, Beckles, Pearse (O’Neil 82), Pinnock (Summerfield 66), Briggs, Sole, Tolfrey (Chendlik 65), McShane
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