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While results for The Hamlet as a whole remain hit and miss, there have at least been goals! Goals! And more goals! All thanks to the Women’s First XI and their rip-roaring autumn cup exploits.
Over an eight-day period at the turn of last month Ryan Dempsey’s side beat Aylesford 6-1 away, before putting another six past Barking in the FA Cup. In between was a 9-1 drubbing of Cheshunt, away in the Isthmian League Cup. That’s 21 spicy goals – scored by ten different players – and quite some harvest! Hats off to the scorers and to the whole squad.
Recent winning form, and a thrilling late penalty winner against Saltdean, has also seen our women’s side climb up the league, so hopes are high for November. First up, though, is more cup action as we host Eastbourne United on Sunday 5th in the League Cup. After that it’s Millwall Lionesses away in the league on the 19th. Progress on three cup fronts means the women may have other fixtures coming up, so keep an eye out for those and don’t miss more glorious goal action.
Meanwhile the men’s home November schedule sees the visit of Margate on the 11th and Folkestone Invicta on the 18th, giving us tantalising thoughts of seaside returns to come. On the road, there’s a trip to Kingstonian on Wednesday 1st for the third round of the League Cup; then on to Haringey Borough on the 4th and Cray Wanderers on the 25th. For all fixture news check: pitchero.com/clubs/dulwichhamlet
By mid-October the men’s side remain in a lowly league position, but there’s still plenty to celebrate around Champion Hill. In fact it’s party time as fans’ favourite, legendary goalkeeper Preston Edwards is back at the club. On his delight at returning to Dulwich, Preston said “It’s not just about the football. It’s the camaraderie, the community and the shared passion for the game with the supporters.” Cue a chorus of No Preston, no party!
October also saw a milestone for our 100 Club, the monthly lottery run by the Supporters’ Trust. Since the 100 Club started we have now passed £60,000 in funds raised to invest in the future of Dulwich Hamlet. Hats off, once more!
Talking of hats, for all your pink ‘n’ blue merchandise needs head to the Champion Hill Mega Container on matchday. This season’s replica shirts are still available, as well as plenty of hats, and what’s more we have not one but two new scarves to keep you wrapped up and stylish as the nights draw in. There’s the ‘hipster’ or the ‘Pepper Army’ to choose from. If you can’t get to the ground, you can shop online at dhst.org.uk – where you can also join the Supporters’ Trust or sign up to volunteer. The Trust is the voice of our supporters, and our volunteers are the heart and soul of our club. Up the Hamlet!