Dulwich Hamlet sweep past Tooting & Mitcham in lively derby match

Dulwich Hamlet sweep past local rivals Tooting and Mitcham in lively match

A very lively away crowd saw Dulwich Hamlet comfortably see off local rivals Tooting & Mitcham in the NK Stadium in deepest Morden yesterday.

The game had it all: passion, goals, smoke bombs, a mini-pitch invasion, banter, goalkeeper-taunting and, of course, another three points for the mighty Hamlet.

Dulwich Hamlet sweep past local rivals Tooting and Mitcham in lively match

It’s a bugger to get to, but Tooting’s ground is a decent enough affair, and it was a treat to be able to get a tasty Jamaican veggie pattie from their hot food bar.

Dulwich Hamlet sweep past local rivals Tooting and Mitcham in lively match

Dulwich (playing in blue) dominated the first half, but failed to convert their superiority into goals.

Dulwich Hamlet sweep past local rivals Tooting and Mitcham in lively match

The rambunctious Dulwich away support.

Dulwich Hamlet sweep past local rivals Tooting and Mitcham in lively match

Dulwich Hamlet sweep past local rivals Tooting and Mitcham in lively match

The first half ended 0-0.

Dulwich Hamlet sweep past local rivals Tooting and Mitcham in lively match

Great to see the German team. Altona FC being incorporated into a Dulwich banner. Around fifty of their supporters visited the Hamlet earlier this month and had something of a party.

Dulwich Hamlet sweep past local rivals Tooting and Mitcham in lively match

Dulwich Hamlet sweep past local rivals Tooting and Mitcham in lively match

In the bar. They could use more staff here – we gave up trying to get a pint at half time.

Dulwich Hamlet sweep past local rivals Tooting and Mitcham in lively match

Seconds after the second half kicked off, Ellis Green heading home for Hamlet – and the first of several flares went off in the Dulwich end.

Dulwich Hamlet sweep past local rivals Tooting and Mitcham in lively match

Dulwich Hamlet sweep past local rivals Tooting and Mitcham in lively match

There’s not many grounds where you can sit at a picnic table and watch the game!

Dulwich Hamlet sweep past local rivals Tooting and Mitcham in lively match

Dulwich Hamlet sweep past local rivals Tooting and Mitcham in lively match

Tooting centre half heads into his own net to make it 2-0 to the Hamlet in the 75th minute.

Dulwich Hamlet sweep past local rivals Tooting and Mitcham in lively match

Shoes off for the Hamlet!

Dulwich Hamlet sweep past local rivals Tooting and Mitcham in lively match

Dulwich Hamlet sweep past local rivals Tooting and Mitcham in lively match

Dulwich Hamlet sweep past local rivals Tooting and Mitcham in lively match

Dulwich Hamlet sweep past local rivals Tooting and Mitcham in lively match

The Tooting goalie found himself on the receiving end of a merciless ribbing and to his credit, he took it very well indeed. Nice one, fella.

Dulwich Hamlet sweep past local rivals Tooting and Mitcham in lively match

Dulwich Hamlet sweep past local rivals Tooting and Mitcham in lively match

A bit of a kerfuffle.

Dulwich Hamlet sweep past Tooting & Hamlet in lively derby match

Dulwich Hamlet sweep past local rivals Tooting and Mitcham in lively match

Hamlet nearly make it three in the dying minutes.

Dulwich Hamlet sweep past local rivals Tooting and Mitcham in lively match

Full time – and the 2-0 win sees Dulwich now on equal points with leaders Maidstone but with a game in hand. The league title is for the taking!

Dulwich Hamlet sweep past local rivals Tooting and Mitcham in lively match

A mini pitch invasion.

Dulwich Hamlet sweep past local rivals Tooting and Mitcham in lively match

Dulwich Hamlet sweep past local rivals Tooting in lively match

The Dulwich end.

Dulwich Hamlet sweep past local rivals Tooting and Mitcham in lively match

A final flare goes off as the stadium empties out.

Kudos must go to the Tooting security staff who almost certainly had a more stressful afternoon than they would have liked. To their credit, they handled the high spirits of the Hamlet fans well and didn’t over react.

A great day all round – and hopefully I’ll be back at Champion Hill tomorrow for the home match against Chipstead