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Dulwich Hamlet 0
1 Tonbridge Angels
Turner (86')
Joe Turner hits the winner at Dulwich Hamlet 1-0 29.02.20. Vanarama National South

Joe lights up Hamlet with super strike

Angels put their current financial challenges behind them for the second successive Saturday taking maximum points and keeping a clean sheet. This time they only needed the one strike to seal the points but what a sweet shot it was from Joe Turner in the 86th minute.  

The ball came to him quickly and he hit a first time shot along the ground and with pace that ended up just inside Charlie Grainger’s right hand post, and no keeper was going to save it. 

The game was hardly a classic.  Storm Jorge was going to make sure of that, with windy conditions throughout and occasional squally showers. The ball inevitably spent much of the time up in the air and passes frequently and frustratingly sailed over the touchlines into the huge crowd of 2,663.

Angels were the first to show with as early as the 2nd minute Ben Greenhalgh forcing a terrific save from Grainger and this was followed by a couple of early corners for the visitors who threatened to take over the game. 

But gradually the match settled down and with the wind in their favour the home side had the better of proceedings for much of the 1st half. In particular Shamir Mullings created the spark for Hamlet but his colleagues were unable to capitalise on the opportunities his skills were providing. 

In the 4th minute Angels stopper Jonny Henly was forced into a sharp save improvising with his legs. Mullings himself launched a 30 yarder in the 8th minute and there were further home chances in the 24th and 29th minutes.

With the 2nd period underway and the wind in their favour Tonbridge were coming much more into the game with periods of possession in their opponents  half.  In the 57th minute Tommy Wood for the Angels came close with a header and eight minutes later Turner shot across goal and was just wide of the far post. 

There was huge scramble in front of the Hamlet goal in the 81st minute and only an outstretched defender’s boot prevented Angels from taking the lead. A nervous moment for Tonbridge supporters had to be endured in the 83rd minute a cross, or was it a shot, from the Dulwich left flank seemed to drift inches wide of Henly’s far post. 

It was followed three minutes later by Turner’s match winning strike and in truth although there was a total of eight minutes to be played including stoppage time, Angels were never severely tested by the home side after that. 

Afterwards, Angels Boss Steve McKimm, said: “I thought on genuine chances created we deserved the win and it was the kind of match that one moment of magic was going to win it. Joe provided that moment, but let’s be clear this was in every sense a team effort with the starting 11 plus subs all playing their part.”

Published Sunday 1st March 2020