DULWICH HAMLET 2 NEEDHAM MARKET 0
DULWICH HAMLET moved up to second with this victory over Needham Market in front of a bumper Champion Hill crowd.
Newcomer Adam Mills went close for the Marketmen with an early header, but Dulwich gradually took control with Nyren Clunis and Nana Boakye-Yiadom missing decent chances.
Nathan Ferguson forced visiting keeper Danny Gay into a full-length save on 20 minutes, and Mark Weatherstone headed Michael Chambers’ farpost cross wide.
Hamlet opened the scoring in the 31st minute, Ferguson beating Gay with a precise 20-yard shot into the bottom corner.
The Marketmen squandered a great chance to equalise three minutes later when Mills’ penaltykick was brilliantly saved by Preston Edwards following a clumsy aerial challenge by Weatherstone on Jack Simmons.
But Dulwich pressed hard as the interval approached. Gay made an important double-save from Boakye-Yiadom, before the striker increased Hamlet’s lead with a tidy finish from Ferguson’s through ball.
The second half was a bit of an anti-climax.
And except when Edwards made a fine late save from Luke Ingram, the Marketmen never threatened a comeback.
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