COMEBACK COMPLETE BUT HAMLET SEEING RED
SLOUGH TOWN twice came from behind against Bostik Premier Dulwich Hamlet, who were reduced to ten men in first-half stoppage time.
This tie between two of the strongest sides in their respective divisions was expected by many to be an entertaining contest, and it did not disappoint as the 712 supporters in attendance were treated to a great advert for the famous old competition.
During a tight opening 45 minutes, both sides enjoyed passages of possession, but chances were few and far between.
Dulwich’s Nyren Clunis was denied by Jack Turner after a short backpass had put the ‘keeper in trouble, and the dangerous Dumebi Dumaka saw a strike held by Turner before he later had a goal disallowed by an off-side flag.
Slough also had their moments, but too often their final ball was lacking and as a result, they did not register a shot on target in the first half.
Then, on the stroke of half-time, the game came to life when Sanchez Ming caught Slough winger Matt Lench with a high boot, and referee Stephen Bates decided it warranted a straight red card.
Slough joint manager Neil Baker had sympathy for Dulwich.
“I don’t think [it was a red card] personally. It’s a topical issue at the moment, and that’s the reason he’s been sent off.”
Slough’s fortunes turned as quickly as the weather at Arbour Park as heavy rain started to fall.
The second half was less than a minute old when Turner kept out Clunis’ strike, but the resulting corner was headed firmly past him by Mark Weatherstone to give Dulwich the lead. Slough responded strongly and, after forcing a series of corners, Brad Wadkins diverted a shot past Preston Edwards to equalise. The home side looked the more likely to score next, and made changes as they looked to win the game, but they shot themselves in the foot after failing to clear the ball led to Clunis firing the ball into the bottom corner on 75 minutes. Just three minutes later, Slough were level again through the allaction Lee Togwell, who finished neatly from James Dobson’s cross. And six minutes from time, Dulwich’s resistance was broken as Manny Williams touched Chris Flood’s cross past Edwards to turn the game on its head. “We’ve shown brilliant character to come back twice and then go and win it”, said Baker.
WAD A WAY TO GO! Brad Wadkins is all smiles after equalising for Slough Town in their come-from-behind win against Dulwich