Dulwich Hamlet are through to the next round of the Buildbase FA Trophy after trouncing Chesham United 4-0 at the weekend, writes John Kelly…
Boss Gavin Rose switched to 3-5-2 for the fixture, with Mark Weatherstone, Matt Drage and Michael Chambers playing in the centre of defence and Nyren Clunis and Nathan Green the wing-backs.
Gavin Tomlin was prominent early on and saw a shot that Chesham goalkeeper Ashlee Jones spilled cleared off the line.
The home side took the lead in the 23rd minute, Green firing home Clunis’ cross from the right.
Dulwich continued to press before the break, with Vas Karagiannis and Dumebi Dumaka goiung close, before Preston Edwards pulled off a superb point-blank save to prevent Chesham from levelling.
It took Dulwich just two minutes of the second half to extend their lead when Dumaka eventually finished after Jones had kept out Karagiannis’ initial shot.
Karagiannis made it 3-0 in the 69th minute when he received the ball on the right and cut inside to strike a left-footed shot beyond Jones into the far corner.
And Dulwich completed the rout in injury-time after Jones was harshly penalised for handling a back-pass. The free-kick was played short to Ashley Carew and when his shot fell to Clunis the defender stuck out his leg to divert the ball past Jones.
Dulwich will play Winchester City away in the next round on Saturday, November 26.