Dulwich Hamlet 1 Maidstone Utd 1 – honours even in top of the table clash

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Maidstone Utd 1 - honours even in top of the table clash

A big crowd of over 1,000 people braved the freezing temperatures to watch an enthralling battle between the league leaders Maidstone United and our very own Dulwich Hamlet, currently in second place.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Maidstone Utd 1 - honours even in top of the table clash, 26th March 2013

Back in the days when they were in the Fourth Division, Maidstone took on the mighty Cardiff City four times (and never lost to them), so it’s strange seeing them all the way down in the  Isthmian League Division One South.

They still have a good support though, as witnessed by this line of coaches up from Kent for the match.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Maidstone Utd 1 - honours even in top of the table clash, 26th March 2013

A spectacular strike in the third minute by Nyren Clunis put Dulwich one up early in the game. Go Hamlet!

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Maidstone Utd 1 - honours even in top of the table clash, 26th March 2013

The teams were evenly matched, and there was some good football on display.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Maidstone Utd 1 - honours even in top of the table clash, 26th March 2013

Players in front of the vocal travelling Maidstone fans.

There was a far bigger away turn out for this match than when I saw the same fixture back in 2007.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Maidstone Utd 1 - honours even in top of the table clash, 26th March 2013

Maidstone keeper Deren Ibrahim had a great game, saving a Dulwich penalty in the 38th minute.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Maidstone Utd 1 - honours even in top of the table clash, 26th March 2013

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Maidstone Utd 1 - honours even in top of the table clash, 26th March 2013

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Maidstone Utd 1 - honours even in top of the table clash, 26th March 2013

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Maidstone Utd 1 - honours even in top of the table clash, 26th March 2013

A secondary game of football going on at the stadium!

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Maidstone Utd 1 - honours even in top of the table clash, 26th March 2013

Ade Olorunda equalised for Maidstone with just nine minutes left,and despite late Dulwich pressure, the score remained 1-1.

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Maidstone Utd 1 - honours even in top of the table clash, 26th March 2013

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Maidstone Utd 1 - honours even in top of the table clash, 26th March 2013

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Maidstone Utd 1 - honours even in top of the table clash, 26th March 2013

The Turkish Dulwich Hamlet ultras light up the stadium!

Dulwich Hamlet 1 Maidstone Utd 1 - honours even in top of the table clash, 26th March 2013

The Hamlet have an excellent bar in the ground – perfect for a post match drink!

This Saturday: Tooting & Mitcham away

Dulwich are still in with a great chance for automatic promotion (see table below), and I’m hoping to make Saturday’s away match at rivals Tooting & Mitcham.  For news and match info, check out the Dulwich Hamlet website.

 Isthmian League Division One South as at 27th March 2013

League table

 

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