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Enfield Town v Dulwich Hamlet

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Everyone will be looking forward to this return match with the Hamlet. They are a much respected club with great support, history and tradition, and we are always guaranteed a very lively, keenly contested match against our old friends from Champion Hill.

At present Dulwich are 11th in the Ryman Premier Division  table and Town 13th, with one point separating the two club's.

After narrowly missing out in the play-offs last season, todays opponents were many peoples pre-season favourites for promotion in the new campaign. So far, their form has been somewhat erratic, much like our own, but they haven't yet lost on their travels in the League, while Town remain unbeaten at home.

Something has to give. It promises to be one helluva keenly-fought contest at the QE2 Stadium tomorrow afternoon, too close to call. Everything points to a draw, but having narrowly lost 2-1 at Dulwich mid-August, Town will be pulling out all the stops, and fighting tooth and nail to win this match and continue their climb up the table.

Don't miss this ding-donger of a match, which will most probably attract our biggest gate of the season to date. Brad and the boys need maximum support and encouragement from a loud noisy home crowd. Let's hear it for the lads! 

Good luck everyone!


'COME ON YOU TOWN'



 

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Team


 


McDonald, Kiangebeni, Gabriel, Muleba, Kirby, Crook, Parcell, Bihmoutine, Wynter, Dickson, Ottaway


 


Subs


 


Lockie, Mendy, Collins, Campbell, Nelta


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Dulwich have a penalty 60 mins (foul outside the box?)

Edited by seemgee

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Double substitution Campbell on for Parcell and Mendy on for Wynter 66 mins

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Town get a soft penalty and Crook makes it 2-2

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Disappointing not to have won yesterday, but a draw was not totally unexpected, and by all accounts it was a fair result. At least we are still unbeaten this season at the QE2, and Dulwich maintained their undefeated away record. So honours and pride still intact, but did either side deserve more from the game? Be very interested to hear your own thoughts on the outcome.

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Best game of the season so far, would've been even better if we took one of two very late chances that we created.

Thought Dulwich bossed most of the game particularly between the 10th-70th mins.

We started fast and Ottaway could've/should've scored earlier than he did.

Dulwich are very good going forward and a strong powerful outfit but so so careless when in and around our box , they should be whipping teams but lack of brains/composure lets them down and I can see how it all goes wrong for them once they've gone a couple down,

Our fortunes changed when Tyler and Mendy came on, they both instilled direct running at the Dulwich defence which they struggled with, both should have scored the winner near the very end. However, a fair result overall played in fine competitive spirit on and off the pitch.

Edited by Enfield United

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unbeaten at home.

unbeaten in five league and cup games.

five points off the play zone.

 

Not looking too bad now I would say.

 

Burgess Hill Town (A) and then Billericay Town (H) are two tough games. Both had good wins in the Cup yesterday...

 

'Ricay have brought in a lot of new players but are doing okay - sixth in the league...

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Merstham, Not Burgess Hill.

Merstham will be very tough, they are scoring lots of goals ( incl 5 against Tonbridge last week )

Billericay will be the "usual" tough encounter.

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Beards,

Agree, but the players have to start thinking about how each other play and what they do.

 

Yesterday Harry must of won 25 or more headers and flick-ons, but not a single player anticipated his efforts and waited until the header was won before moving.....far too late and ball cleared.

 

Players need to learn and anticipate more, they should know by now and move with the thought that Harry WILL win the header.

So frustrating.

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* Lucky I never went to BURGESS HILL then.... Merstham are scoring bundles at present.... tough game

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After a very average (poor) start to the season, we do at last seem to be getting our act together, albeit a bit Jekyll & Hyde. Hopefully, we will push on in the run-up to Christmas, and not leave ourselves too much to do in the second half of the season. Is there genuine belief amongst Town supporters that we are good enough to last the course and make a strong challenge for the title / play-offs this season?

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New signings still need to settle in a bit, but we have good quality individual talent. I think we look good for the latter half of the season as long as we play football and avoid getting drawn into pointless long ball and physical battles.

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The discipline was good yesterday. I note that 3 Dulwich players got booked including disputing our penalty. Although there was some dispute over their penalty I do not think that anyone of ours was booked for that. Our sole booking was for the clumsy challenge in the second half which stopped the Dulwich player breaking through the back line

 

Ottaway had another good game. The defence played well but we still lack that killer touch in front of goal. Dernell still seems to be out of sorts. Is he carrying an injury? Getting to bed late?

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I admire the optimism and Brad and the team deserve credit for the recent improved results but I don't think we can get away from the reality that we've played some poor sides/teams struggling for form. 5 points off the play offs but only 3 points off the relegation zone so we need to avid complacency! Both Met Police & Dulwich could have got more out of those games than they did....

 

Admittedly I missed the Hendon game but I'm not sure I can see much quality in the way we're setting up at the moment. We seem particularly devoid of a midfield, with Keir Dickson playing advanced and Jonathan Meluba playing very deep, its leaving too much running for Billy Crook to do (well though he's doing it!).

 

Tyler's got to be the first name on our team sheet at the moment for me, though he clearly isn't and what's happened to Bobby Devyne? 

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if a player gets treatment he must go off until the ref allows him back on so when did the Dulwich no 11 stay on???? did the ref not see nor the other officials ????

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