Dulwich Hamlet 2 Harrow Borough 0: Boro slip to fifth straight loss in league
PUBLISHED: 11:00 15 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:45 15 November 2017
©TGS Photo tgsphoto.co.uk +44 1376 553468
Bostik Premier: Dulwich Hamlet 2 (Carew 59p, Weatherstone 73) Harrow Borough 0
Harrow Borough’s poor form in the Bostik Premier shows no signs of ending after a 2-0 loss at leaders Dulwich Hamlet stretched their losing run in the league to five matches.
One short of 1,200 assembled at Dulwich, with no doubt most expecting a slaughter of the team bottom of the ‘current form’ table by the one at the top of it.
But that wasn’t how things turned out in an evenly-matched first half.
Harrow were disciplined in their shape and although Hamlet had the bulk of the play, Borough were sharp on the break and had chances.
It was the hosts who threatened first though, as Melvin Minter turned round Gavin Tomlin’s shot at the near post.
One-time Harrovian Michael Chambers headed the resulting corner narrowly over.
Ryan Moss and Shaun Preddie were then off-target with headers at the other end.
Tomlin spun Enock Soganile to fire narrowly wide, before Preston Edwards in the home goal had to make two smart saves.
First, Sahr Kabba arrived at the near post to flick Michael Bryan’s cross goalwards, and then Charles Banya cut in from the left to force a tip round the post.
Tomlin was wildly off-target with a free-kick, but again Banya threatened, his shot blocked after an interchange with Kabba.
The hosts’ Sanchez Ming got away with a two-handed shove in the chest on Kabba, not spotted by an otherwise excellent referee, and the half’s final action saw Ming thwarted by Minter’s save of his cross-shot.
Curtis Ujah made a fine double-block of Hamlet shots as the second period began, before Harrow missed that golden opportunity.
Moss headed on a long ball downfield and Kabba raced onto it. Marc Weatherstone hacked him down, but the referee played a great advantage as the ball ran on to Banya.
With only Edwards to beat he made the cardinal error of not even hitting the target, hurriedly screwing his shot wide when he had time to compose himself.
Nathan Ferguson shot across goal before the opening goal arrived in the 59th minute.
Tomlin was moving away from goal and all that George Moore needed to do was to continue shepherding him in the same direction.
But, showing his lack of experience as a defender, he ‘bit’ with a tackle, which he mistimed. Penalty, and Ashley Carew smashed it home.
Trying to atone at the other end, Moore had two shots off-target, but Dulwich nearly doubled their lead when Ferguson rose at the near post to head Tomlin’s cross wide.
Minter then made a brave save at the feet of Reiss Allassani, breaking into the box on the left.
Rickie Hayles rose above the visiting defence to power a header goalwards from a corner, but it was blocked.
It was a warning, as in the 73rd minute, another corner was driven long by Carew and this time Weatherstone rose at the far post to power home the hosts’ second.
Kabba was inches from reducing the arrears, his powerful angled shot from 20 yards crashing off the far post, but he then missed an easier chance, heading wide at the far post after Moss had cleverly taken the ball away from Edwards and lifted it across goal.
At the other end Minter saved again at Allassani’s feet, and Soganile blocked another home effort.
Harrow: Minter, Moore, Soganile, Davis-Coker, Ujah, Preddie, Banya (Pashaj 70), Cumberbatch (Beggs 86), Moss, Bryan, Kabba.