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Dulwich Match Thread

By PF2/1/2017 15:30Mon Jan 2 15:30:50 2017

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I was just about to type good things. Lo and behold we've just let in. Bundled in as the keeper couldn't hold his initial save. Was doing ok but we've shown almost nothing going forward. We need to get to ht only 1 down then really push second half.

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By PF2/1/2017 15:59Mon Jan 2 15:59:13 2017In response to Dulwich Match ThreadTop of thread

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Well only 1 at ht. But how are we gonna create any chances? Our midfielders can't get a hold on the ball and our free kick delivery has been shocking pretty much the couple of times that I remember. Give it 20 min and then get some subs on and go for it. Defence mainly looks ok for once. Maybe they've been listening! Come on Greens - battle second half!

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By PF2/1/2017 16:26Mon Jan 2 16:26:14 2017In response to Re: Dulwich Match ThreadTop of thread

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2-0. It's been coming. They look better and sharper. It was a bit lucky with the deflection but well deserved. Their no 3 left back is almost unplayable He's burning up the left wing in front of me. No hope for us today. Dulwich by far the better team unfortunately.

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Re: Dulwich Match Thread

By PF2/1/2017 16:29Mon Jan 2 16:29:25 2017In response to Re: Dulwich Match ThreadTop of thread

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2-1! Come on!. Out of the blue! Looked deflected but they all count. Last 10. Lay siege Hendon!

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Re: Dulwich Match Thread

By PF2/1/2017 16:41Mon Jan 2 16:41:41 2017In response to Re: Dulwich Match ThreadTop of thread

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We've waited to the last 10 minutes to play! Come on.

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By PF2/1/2017 16:47Mon Jan 2 16:47:30 2017In response to Re: Dulwich Match ThreadTop of thread

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Our goal's led a charmed life since our goal. Last hope. A lump and scramble.

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Re: Dulwich Match Thread

By PF2/1/2017 17:13Mon Jan 2 17:13:48 2017In response to Re: Dulwich Match ThreadTop of thread

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Overall the right result. First half was pretty insipid by us and average by them. Second half they were excellent and Should've scored about 4.

We were just looking for scraps. Good perseverance by us to keep going and we could've stolen a point if we were more clinical but that would've been daylight robbery really. They looked a team ready to go up a division and we looked exactly what our position says we are. A team in desperate trouble.

10/10 for effort but effort alone is not gonna keep us in this division unfortunately. But the performance was ok at least and I enjoyed my first visit to Champion Hill. It's obvious the club is geared for better things if they can get out of the Ryman this season.

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Re: Dulwich Match Thread

By Jeff Hill (Malc)2/1/2017 20:14Mon Jan 2 20:14:44 2017In response to Re: Dulwich Match ThreadTop of thread

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Thanks for the updates PF.
You say our free kick delivery was poor, can you tell me which player or players were responsible?
I haven't seen the last few games (nothing to do with our poor form) but I couldn't believe the absolute **** being served up from our free kicks and corners. Either not clearing the first man or clearing the far post by miles. Yet the same player was taking these kicks every time, if that really was our best dead ball player then we are ******. If it wasn't, then why was he still taking them?
How about free kicks conceded around our own area, this has been a problem for at least 2 seasons, any improvement today?
You say Dulwich are destined for a higher league. Yeah right, one of the great things about our league is watching them implode every year.
Keep up the posts, very entertaining.

Jeff - please watch the language. No problem with frustrations being aired on here, but please remember that we do have youngsters reading this. - Hendon FC Web Team

Edited by HendonFC at 20:20:54 on 2nd January 2017

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Re: Dulwich Match Thread

By PF3/1/2017 10:06Tue Jan 3 10:06:46 2017In response to Re: Dulwich Match ThreadTop of thread

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Naming names in public is a bit mean spirited but Sam Murphy definitely took two very poor kicks that I recall. He may not have been the only one though. As for free kicks conceded it wasn't that bad. There were a couple but you expect that over the course of 90 minutes. The issue wasn't defending at all yesterday though how we only conceded two was mainly due to very poor finishing from them in the main. The problem yesetrday was creating chances which were very few and far between.

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Free Kicks

By richhend3/1/2017 13:15Tue Jan 3 13:15:29 2017In response to Re: Dulwich Match ThreadTop of thread

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The free kick and corner problem isn't a recent problem. Apart from a couple of seasons back when Andre was on top of his game I struggle to think of the last time we had a decent free/corner kick specialist.

In no particular order, I'm thinking Martin Duffield, Dave Metchick, Rod Haider and the peerless Bobby Childs.

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Re: Free Kicks

By David B3/1/2017 16:12Tue Jan 3 16:12:27 2017In response to Free KicksTop of thread

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I think our assistant manager would make that list too!!! Blakenall and Margate at home in the FA Cup, Slough away in the League, all in autumn 1999, are three that spring to mind.

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Re: Free Kicks

By richhend3/1/2017 17:48Tue Jan 3 17:48:08 2017In response to Re: Free KicksTop of thread

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You always forget the one right in front of you!

Another one that I occurred to me after I posted was Phil Fry. He used to bend those hard flat free licks on the right wing into the near post for Derek Baker to get headers in.

The opposition was concentrating on marking our big forwards and defenders so tended to ignore a relatively short player like Baker. The routine nearly produced the winning goal at Newcastle.

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Re: Dulwich Match Thread

By SteveHFC2/1/2017 20:40Mon Jan 2 20:40:43 2017In response to Re: Dulwich Match ThreadTop of thread

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Can't argue with much of what PF has posted - summed it up well.

However, if today's game hadn't been part of this awful run of results, I think we would have just written it off as being beaten by the better side on the day.

Positives for me were that we do look more organised and solid at the back. Yes, there were nerve jangling moments, but there were less of them, and whilst he's only played twice so far, the back four do seem to have more confidence in Tom Lovelock. Thought we looked less vulnerable down the left with Arthur playing there.

Jeff makes a good point about giving away free kicks around the box - one of my frustrations this season has been this. Certainly less of this today.

What did really impress me was the desire, workrate and effort by the team throughout the 90 minutes. Yes, we struggled to break them down and consequently chances were at a premium, but it wasn't for the want of trying. Certainly the right team won, and I don't think anyone was surprised by that - Dulwich are a very good side. We'll play worse than that and get a result this season, and probably already have. However, for me, the jury is out on Aaron Tumwa and Quba Gordon - although the latter did make some very important challenges in the second half.

Speaking to a number of our supporters after the game, I think we've all identified Saturday's game against Merstham as a must win.

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Re: Dulwich Match Thread

By Jeff Hill (Malc)2/1/2017 20:52Mon Jan 2 20:52:21 2017In response to Re: Dulwich Match ThreadTop of thread

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Please remove my previous post. Can't swear at the ground, can't swear on here. I ******* give up. Won't bother you again. Goodbye.

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Re: Dulwich Match Thread

By Scarborough_Rob2/1/2017 23:24Mon Jan 2 23:24:01 2017In response to Re: Dulwich Match ThreadTop of thread

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IF the unthinkable happens at the end of April it won't be because of days like today.

Fool and his money and all that. I had a fiver on us at 5/1, but at least I got a proper run for my wager.

Agree with the comments above. Defence looking so much better thanks to the quality signing of Tom Lovelock between the sticks. Dulwich were quality today. Perhaps they got a talking to after drawing at home on Saturday?

If we'd have played Dulwich with the same personnel and keeper as on Boxing Day it would have been ugly. Well done everyone today for giving absolutely everything until the final whistle.

A couple of other positives. I like the look of both Malachy McGovern at Staines and Mickey White today in their cameo's. White's body language and willingness today gives me huge hope. If he can finish as well as he seems to read the game, we could have a real diamond.

Excellent stuff as ever at Dulwich. Some really friendly folk down there, even if the greedy ********* had supped most of the real ale on Saturday! It's fair to say I've been in many less aesthetic boozers than the East Dulwich Tavern; in terms of both d├ęcor and customers.

Unfortunately a spell of the dreaded afternoon shifts sees me on the sidelines until Enfield away in the MSC. Please give the lads a shout for me until then.

Edited by Scarborough_Rob at 23:25:07 on 2nd January 2017

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Re: Dulwich Match Thread

By rwakeley2/1/2017 23:44Mon Jan 2 23:44:39 2017In response to Re: Dulwich Match ThreadTop of thread

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I expected to come home tonight to a headline along the lines of there being Something rotten in the state of Denmark Hill. Shakespeare aside - credit to the staff today - tough ask.
My bone of contention the left flank, finally appears to have been confronted. Arthur looks like a lad of whom demonstrates the right qualities. Early doors both he and Casey under immense pressure coped well. I thought Casey was, and frankly usually is, in that covering role excellent. Those lads put in a shift. We need to replicate that on the other flank. Whilst both flanks are not totally functional it's obvious progress. Stronger down the middle. Interesting to see how the front pair shape up. Resulting in better link-up play. We looked more stable with players operating in their natural positions. Plenty of room for improvement and hope going forward.
I believe we have made mistakes. The gaffer noted post Whyteleaf we need a centre-half. The early formation, the way we started against Worthing set the tone. The middle of the park. Today for me personally was the first semblance of a genuine turning of a new leaf. As with the new year it looked a tad more transformational.
Let's hope this develops into something tangible at home. Merstham without an away win - time to push on.
Something at last to pin our hopes on.

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