The Saints return to Clarence Park on Saturday looking to get back to winning ways, but they will need to overcome a resilient Duwlich Hamlet side if they are to achieve that aim.
The Saints made it three 2-2 draws on the bounce last time out against Welling United, with Sam Merson securing the point with a late penalty after Zane Banton had earlier given City the lead with a 10th minute header.
It was a dramatic afternoon full of incident and controversy as the hosts had two men sent off, but even with the advantage of playing against only nine men for the final ten minutes the Saints could not find a winner against a Welling United side that was dug in.
Following the game, City boss Ian Allinson expressed his disappointment with the result “Despite them (Welling United) having nine men it never felt like we were good enough to go and get the winner even though we had one or two really good chances, a little bit more composure and we could have come away with the win but for me in the end its two points dropped”.
Dulwich Hamlet have enjoyed a reasonable first campaign back at this level of the non-league pyramid having been promoted from the Isthmian League Premier Division via the play-offs at the end of the 2017/18 campaign.
The Hamlet are currently in sixteenth position on 35 points, level with two other sides and eight points above the bottom three and the threat of relegation. The South London club have moved clear of the sides currently in the relegation places thanks to two significant and impressive victories against play-off chasing sides in the last three weeks.
They defeated Welling United 2-1 at Champion Hill thanks to goals from Nathan Green and Decarery Sheriff, and Sherriff was on the score-sheet once again last Saturday when the Hamlet won 2-0 against Dartford.
Sherriff joined the Hamlet on loan in January from Colchester United and the 21-year-old has scored three goals in his last four league games, and he will be one for the City defence to watch if they are to keep a clean sheet on Saturday
We have already taken on the Hamlet once this season, at their temporary home of Imperial Fields, and it was an afternoon to forget for the Saints as they went down to a 1-0 defeat thanks to a first half Nyren Clunis strikes. City did grow into the game and came close to grabbing a point in the final ten minutes, but Lewis Knight’s ferocious volley rebounded off of the post.
Ian Allinson may be without two midfielders going into this weekend’s game following the knock that Clovis Kamdjo picked up during the first half against Welling United, while club captain David Noble continues his recovery from a foot injury that he picked up over the Christmas period. Kamdjo, in particular, will be a miss if he is ruled out following his impressive first half display at Park View Road last weekend.
Kick-off is 3pm and turnstiles will be open from 1:30pm.
- Adults £15 with free transfer to seating
- Concessions* £10 with free transfer to seating
- Oaklands and Herts Uni students £5 with free transfer to seating
- Other students £10 with free transfer to seating
- Juniors (U16s) £5 with free transfer to seating
- U12s One under 12 admitted free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult
- Family ticket £25 – Two adults + two children