Dulwich Hamlet 0
Metropolitan Police 0
For the second league game this season these two evenly matched sides played out a goalless draw as both clubs prime themselves for the run in to the end of the campaign.
A bumper crowd, supplemented by a free ticket offer to a number of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender groups, of 1,459 came through the Champion Hill turnstiles but on the day nobody saw the ball hit the back of the net. The closest either side came to breaking the deadlock was through Hamlet’s Jack Dixon.
His first time shot from eighteen yards was well saved however. Hamlet boss Gavin Rose told the News it was a case of more of the same when when Hamlet and the Met encountered each other. He said: “It has been tight in the three games we have played this season.
They have edged one when they won in trophy thanks to a set piece. “Again on Saturday I thought their main threat came from set pieces. But you have to give them credit. “They set themselves up well and they make it hard game to win.” But Rose thinks both should be in the shake up for the second promotion spot, awarded to the play-off winner, from the Ryman Premier League come the season’s end.
The Pink and Blues gaffer added: “I think we will both both in in the top five at end of the season, I certainly hope we will be. “Over the season the two of us have been in the top five for the majority of it but there is still a lot of work to do in the next ten games.”
As the season comes to crunch time Rose, who wrote off Hamlet’s title chances a couple of weeks ago, now believes top spot is not totally out of the equation totally but his side are not helping themselves in this quest. “In the last ten games of the season we will be looking to cement out place in the top five in the league.”
Rose said. “I know I said a few weeks ago that the title is out of our reach but maybe it’s not. Maidstone have been dropping points but we haven’t always took advantage of that, if we would have won those games that could have changed. “The problem is they have a cushion in terms of points and have games in hand but realistically it is a top five place we are looking to secure now.”
Three days before the draw last weekend Hamlet travelled to Lewes for a Wednesday night encounter. They fell to a disappointing 1-0 defeat. For the latest Hamlet news visit www.pitchero.com/clubs/dulwichhamlet.
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