I was angry post Whistable - I thought we blew it. Slightly differing characteristics today - same outcome. The goals conceded - less said the better. Again Casey making timely interventions at the back.
The lad Oztumer, pulling the strings, reminded me of Luton, they are a useful outfit. I have never seen a side, (Dulwich), play with such a high line. I felt we were good value and a'la Whitstable a gift or two and the games gone.
Which was a shame for all our effort and input. Looking at their record, I travelled in trepidation - I expected a ruddy onslaught - I not only thought we coped admirably, I thought we had them rattled.
Only the Stones and Horncurch have won there and it's testimony to our efforts we could/should be on that list. But you just can't defend like that..
In the past month we have missed out on key tests and have fallen short in the same manner. On the one hand, It's a positive to come away from Dulwich crestfallen when so few have tasted success, on another hand it's a shame for all concerned because of the team the management have assembled and what we have in our locker. The lads work-rate has been exceptional.
Keep working hard.
Re: Mixed emotions...again!
A mate of mine who watches Dulwich said that's the worst he's seen them play all season, yet they still won, and won comfortably in the end. The defending was slapstick at times, they are the smallest side in the league and they scored from two aerial crosses, the goalkeeper looks very suspect indeed, hope Berkley is back soon. Jefferson was isolated up top, and we only threatened when we brought on a second striker, which was after the horse had bolted as that didn't happen until it was 0-2. All that said, the referee and linesmen didn't help, very one sided decision making all afternoon and completely ignored the two penalties we should have had second half, or the goalkeeper tripping over and handling the ball outside the box in the first half. I expect Dulwich to stay where they are, go into the playoffs but not go up. Cray away next, if the proper mid table pattern continues, we'll beat them quite comfortably.
Re: Mixed emotions...again!
From a Dulwich perspective that was certainly our poorest attacking performance in a league match this season. Our two most experienced wingers, Dean Lodge & Ellis Green, were missing which didn't help, while our best other winger Nyren Clunis was out of position on the left. (Lodge is suspended and Green appeared from the bench but is well short of match fitness after two months out with a hamstring injury.) Having conceded 13 goals in our previous four league matches, and shown a worrying tendency to concede two or three in the space of five or ten minutes, the clean sheet was welcome, but I thought Hendon were very disappointing. Considering you occupy a respectable mid-table position and had scored more goals than almost anyone else I expected our defence to have a difficult afternoon, but apart from Jefferson Louis (exactly the type of number 9 we lack; quick, mobile and capable of playing as a single striker) Hendon posed little attacking threat. All your scoring chances of note seemed to come from Louis, and he seemed to have to create them all for himself with little support.
That referee has officiated in our league since at least 1996 and I've always found him worryingly erratic. How he missed the handling offence by our keepr is beyond me as it was clearly visible from the back of the stand fifty yards away and he seemed to be looking right at it with nobody to impede his view. However, he gave a sting of baffling decisions to the detriment of both sides. (Louis clearly shoved Peter Adeniyi in the back to win the ball before that narrow miss early in the game.) I'm also fairly certain your captain committed the foul for which your number 4 was booked just before halftime, and he'd already been deservedly booked, in which case you should have been down to ten men for the second half.
I guess mid-table sides by nature are inconsistent. You'll probably field the same side next weekend and play much more convincingly.
As for Dulwich, we're well established in the top five right now, but we haven't taken a point off any of the other top six sides yet, and we've only played away to two teams in the top half of the current table. We're the most predictable team in the division in terms of results: we beat the teams below us and lose to those above us. Our remaining fixtures look a lot more testing than those we've already played, so I think it will be a great achivement if we make the play-offs