Wealdstone wobble as Dulwich battle back to deny leaders
PUBLISHED: 19:17 31 March 2014 | UPDATED: 19:17 31 March 2014
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Ryman League Premier Division:
Wealdstone 2 Dulwich Hamlet 2
Wealdstone’s pursuit of the Premier Division crown suffered a wobble on Saturday as Dulwich fought back from two goals down to take a point.
Scott McGleish’s 21st goal of the season and a fine strike from Tom Pett had Wealdstone in cruise control at half-time in front of a record 1,151 crowd at The Vale.
But second-placed Dulwich composed themselves after the interval, halving the lead through Tommy Kavanagh just past the hour-mark.
And seven minutes from full-time, Ahmed Deen beat Jonathan North with a long-range shot as Dulwich left Ruislip with a point.
There was little sign of Dulwich’s fightback during a first half in which Wealdstone barely worked up a sweat. Wealdstone had already gone close through Wes Parker’s powerful header, when they opened the scoring on 33 minutes.
Parker was instrumental, flicking on Pett’s corner into the path of McGleish, who spun on the spot and fired a shot past Phil Wilson.
The lead was doubled just before the break, as Luke Pigden released Millwall loanee Charlie Penny, who rolled a pass to Pett to stroke the ball into the net.
Wealdstone looked well set for a stroll in the afternoon sun, but Dulwich emerged a different side in the second half as the game turned.
Kavanagh made it 2-1 with a long-range shot, beating North low from 20 yards.
Wealdstone, suddenly nervous, composed themselves through the introduction of Glen Little in midfield. He embarked on several trademark surging runs and setting up a chance for Pett, whose lob was saved brilliantly by Wilson.
But Dulwich were not finished, and they pulled themselves level through Deen, who unleashed a spectacular shot which caught North by surprise.