12:00am, Thu 19th Mar 2009
DULWICH HAMLET v WOKING
Surrey Senior Cup, Quarter-Final
7.45pm on Thursday 19 March 2009
The Cards travel to Champion Hill this (Thursday) evening to take on the Hamlet in the Quarter-Final of the Surrey Senior Cup. Dulwich knocked out AFC Wimbledon in the previous round. The Cards are expected to field a young team, given the priority which has to be given to Saturday?s away game at Kidderminster Harriers and our already lengthy injury list. The winners of Thursday?s tie will be away to holders Merstham in the semi-final.
Phil Gilchrist has said that he would like to win this competition and he has put out strong sides in previous rounds. But he has made it clear that Thursday night?s side will contain a number of Academy players, reinforced by any first team squad players not expected to be needed on Saturday. So, I suppose that might mean outings for Ross Worner, Joe McNerney, Michael Kamara, Abdou El Kholti (if recovered from his rib injury) and, possibly, Charlie Moone. It will be a good opportunity for these players and others to show what they can do.
The Hamlet sit just above mid-table in the Ryman Division One South with 13 wins, 11 draws and 9 defeats after Tuesday night?s 1-1 draw at home to Walton Casuals. They have scored 52 goals and conceded 41; they were deducted three points for fielding in ineligible player earlier in the season.
Dulwich have recently lost top scorer Laurent Hamici and young winger Billy Chattaway, both signed by Sutton United. I couldn?t spot any familiar names in the Dulwich squad but Scott Simpson, who has scored in both of the Hamlet?s last two games, seems to be the in-form striker.
We last met the Hamlet in the same competition in the 2006-07 season, winning 5-3 after extra time in the second round. The scorers were Steve Ferguson, Saheed Sankoh, Tom Hutchinson and Craig McAllister.
CUP PROGRESS SO FAR
Round 2: Croydon 0 Woking 2
Round 3: Woking 4 Leatherhead 0
Round 2: Dulwich Hamlet 2 Camberley Town 1
Round 3: AFC Wimbledon 0 Dulwich Hamlet 1
? The Hamlet last won the competition in 1974-75, beating Leatherhead 2-0
? The Cards last triumphed in 2003-04, beating Sutton United 4-2
Champion Hill Stadium
Edgar Kail Way
Dog Kennel Hill
London SE22 8BD
The Supporters? Club is not running a coach to this game.
Head for A3; follow signs for Central London, up past Wandsworth Common and Clapham Common North side; go past Stockwell tube station; take A23 towards Kennington Oval, following signs for Central London; take A202 and then A215; go past King?s College Hospital; turn left onto A2216 past Denmark Hill station; ground is down the bottom of the hill on the right.
Denmark Hill and East Dulwich stations are both nearby but are not easy to get to if starting from Woking.
Come on, you Cards!
P.S. Remember that there is a Southern Youth League game at Kingfield the same evening: see previous news item for details.