Welcome along to Champion Hill in South London as they take on Bath City. I’m Joe Zelinger and I will be talking you through this afternoon’s game.
Hamlet are going well this season so far, in mid table but with a chance to go into the play-offs with a win today, which is far better than their form of the last couple of seasons where they’ve been dangerously close to the relegation zone. Bath on the other hand are struggling for form and sit 17th in the table, although they ended a run of four successive defeats in all competitions last time out. Will they build on last week’s win today?
The teams are out to warm up.
Peter Crouch is here for today’s game after becoming a director at the club. He aims to help Dulwich from financial ruin, returning to the club after playing for them over 20 years ago.
Today’s line ups are out.
It is absolutely rammed in here today. I’ve heard just as we’re about to kick off people are still queuing outside. Must be a sell out.
The teams are out to observe a minute’s silence along with the last post ahead of kick off.
KICK OFF: Dulwich Hamlet 0-0 Bath City
1 min: Dulwich Hamlet 0-0 Bath City
Early throw in by Hamlet’s corner flag for Bath won by Joe Raynes. He goes for a long throw into the box but Taylor for the home side is fouled.
2 mins: Dulwich Hamlet 0-0 Bath City
Moments later after an excellent passing move Raynes is involved down the right again. The ball comes to him but his cross at the crucial moment is poor.
4 mins: Dulwich Hamlet 0-0 Bath City
First bit of action involving the big number nine Danny Mills who is very well appreciated here. He chests it down from a long ball forward and plays it over to Higgs but Bath deal with it.
GOAL: Dulwich Hamlet 1-0 Bath City (Quade Taylor 9 mins)
The ball comes in from a corner and Taylor gets his head to it and powers the ball past Clarke in goal. Great start for the hosts.
11 mins: Dulwich Hamlet 1-0 Bath City
Good defending from Green for Hamlet to stop Delaney getting past him to put a cross in on the left.
13 mins: Dulwich Hamlet 1-0 Bath City
Green does well in the attacking third now as he runs down the right wing and puts a cross in but McQueen can’t quite hook it goalwards.
16 mins: Dulwich Hamlet 1-0 Bath City
Confusion as the ref gives a foul to Dulwich when it appeared McGregor was brought down by his own teammate Vint. The Bath players appeal but the ref sticks with his decision.
18 mins: Dulwich Hamlet 1-0 Bath City
Grainger has to come out and clear after Fletcher tries to latch on to a ball over the top.
Moments later a great cross comes in from Mehew looking for Cooke but the Bath striker can’t get it under control and before he can shoot Dulwich clear.
20 mins: Dulwich Hamlet 1-0 Bath City
Opportunity for Bath again. Fletcher is through but a brilliant lunging challenge from the Dulwich captain Holland denies him from testing Grainger. Bath certainly have a case to be level here.
26 mins: Dulwich Hamlet 1-0 Bath City
McGregor lines up a shot from range but it’s well wide.
28 mins: Dulwich Hamlet 1-0 Bath City
Green goes on a fantastic run into the box, but he’s stretching with his shot and it’s into the keepers arms.
29 mins: Dulwich Hamlet 1-0 Bath City
Great cross by Blackman looking for Mills at the back post but it’s cleared for a corner before he can get anything on it. The corner is headed on by Vint but eventually cleared by the Wood.
33 mins: Dulwich Hamlet 1-0 Bath City
CLOSE: Brilliant freekick in by McGregor but Mills misses with his header from close range.
35 mins: Dulwich Hamlet 1-0 Bath City
CLOSE: Higgs for Hamlet gets free on the right. He takes it to the by-line and cuts it back to McQueen who takes one touch and shoots, but it’s fantastically blocked when it looked as if it was heading in for 2-0. Bath then get it away with a big clearance up the pitch.
40 mins: Dulwich Hamlet 1-0 Bath City
Hamlet have really taken control since the goal. Bath with a few half chances but it’s been comfortable for the home side.
44 mins: Dulwich Hamlet 1-0 Bath City
Corner to Dulwich but it’s low and cleared easily.
45+1 mins: Dulwich Hamlet 1-0 Bath City
Another corner for Hamlet to bring the half to a close. It’s glanced on but into Clarke’s hands.
HALF-TIME: Dulwich Hamlet 1-0 Bath City
Strong half from Dulwich and as it stands they’re in the play-offs. Bath looked lively in the opening ten minutes but they’ve been quiet since and Dulwich have gone from strength to strength. They’ll hope they can add a goal or two more in the second half to make sure of the points.
The teams are emerging from the tunnel and we’re about to get back underway. Can Dulwich finish the job?
46 mins: Dulwich Hamlet 1-0 Bath City
Good flick on from Mills for McQueen and he’s dragged down. The crowd shout for a freekick but nothing is given.
GOAL: Dulwich Hamlet 2-0 Bath City (Jordan Green 48 mins)
McGregor drives through the middle and slides in Green who takes a touch and slots it past Clarke. Great play from the Dulwich centre midfielder to create that goal.
52 mins: Dulwich Hamlet 2-0 Bath City
Half chance for Bath. Fletcher is played in but from a tight angle he blazes over.
58 mins: Dulwich Hamlet 2-0 Bath City
Blackman takes on his man down the left, he gets in behind but when he’s about to cross he seems to be brought down. The referee however, shows a yellow card to the Dulwich man for simulation. It did look as though he could of stayed on his feet there, but there was definitely some contact from the Bath defender.
61 mins: Dulwich Hamlet 2-0 Bath City
McQueen is set free on the wing by a brilliant ball over the top from Timlin. He attacks his man and wins a corner, but it is cleared.
Meanwhile, Lloyd James replaces Josh Owers for Bath.
It’s all Hamlet in the second period. Bath haven’t given the home side any problems.
67 mins: Dulwich Hamlet 2-0 Bath City
Green wins a freekick for Dulwich on the right in a dangerous area. McGregor floats it in and it’s headed into the keepers arms by Holland.
Another change for Bath. Smith makes way for Jones.
GOAL: Dulwich Hamlet 3-0 Bath City (Darren McQueen 70 mins)
Green, who’s been a thorn in Bath’s side for the entire match, races down the right. He puts a low cross in on a plate for McQueen who slots it home via a slight deflection. Game over.
72 mins: Dulwich Hamlet 3-0 Bath City
Freekick from McGregor has Clarke scrambling across his goal but it goes narrowly wide.
Dulwich Hamlet 3-0 Bath City
CLOSE: Green lays it off to McQueen who takes a few touches to his left and fires one off the post from the edge of the box! So close to four.
77 mins: Dulwich Hamlet 3-0 Bath City
First sight of goal in this half for Bath but it’s comfortable for Hamlet after Fletcher’s cross is smothered by the keeper.
80 mins: Dulwich Hamlet 3-0 Bath City
Two changes to note for Hamlet in the last few minutes. Danny Mills is off for Ricardo German and Andre Blackman is replaced by Jazzi Barnum-Bobb.
83 mins: Dulwich Hamlet 3-0 Bath City
So close to four. And it should of been. Vint misses a sitter with his head after another good ball in from a freekick from McGregor.
I’ve barely mentioned any Bath players in this half. They’ve been so short of ideas.
McQueen is now off for James Dayton.
85 mins: Dulwich Hamlet 3-0 Bath City
CLOSE: This game could of been seven or eight. A lucky deflection off Dayton when Bath attempted a clearance puts Green through. He takes it around Clarke but his shot is scuffed and blocked on the line!
90 Mins: Dulwich Hamlet 3-0 Bath City
Dulwich just seeing this game out now. Very professional performance from them today. Bath want to go home.
Bath have it on the right but Vint comes in and boots it out of the ground. Making sure.
FULL-TIME: Dulwich Hamlet 3-0 Bath City
A perfect day for Hamlet. A win, clean sheet and now into the play offs. Once they got in front it was really only going to go one way today, and fantastic performances from McQueen, Green and McGregor to name a few helped them to win this game with ease. Bath had spells of possession in the first half and even looked capable of scoring at one stage, but after the half way mark offered nothing. They’ll need to improve if they are to avoid a relegation battle this season.
Really good performance and atmosphere at Dulwich today. It really is a special club and I have loved being at the game this afternoon and describing the action for you. Cheers.