Dulwich Hamlet boss Gavin Rose is discussing the futures of loan hits Dumebi Dumaka and Vas Karagiannis – with both notching in Tuesday’s 3-1 win over Staines Town.
The pair have chipped in with 13 goals since joining from Maidstone United, writes Tom Edwards.
Dumaka has seven goals in 12 matches – two behind the club’s leading scorer Nyren Clunis despite less than half as many games in pink and blue.
Karagiannis has netted six times. Since Hamlet last lost in the Ryman League on November 1, at least one of the prolific double act has netted in the last six fixtures.
“We’re discussing the renewal of both Karagiannis and Dumaka’s loan deal,” said Rose. “Primarily Dumaka, because his runs out a littler sooner.
“It’s all about whether we’ll continue the loan or try to sign them permanently. The impact they’ve had has been clear to see, especially in terms of goals. Just look at Tuesday – we didn’t play particularly well in the first half, but Dumaka led by example, held the ball up effectively and scored a goal to put us ahead.
“Keeping them on will clearly help us improve as a team, but we also feel that we can provide them both with the best opportunity to improve as players too.
“Apart from keeping Karagiannis and Dumaka, we’re certainly looking to strengthen the side, but we’re only interested in someone that’s better than what we have in the first team at the minute.”
Another player who has been integral to Dulwich’s recent unbeaten run is left-back Nathan Green.
“I’m playing some of my best football here at Dulwich and that’s down to the coaches Gavin [Rose], Kevin [James] and Junior [Kadi],” he said. “Their knowledge of the game is definitely far above this level and their attitude is perfect. They don’t accept anything but winning and they give you that winning mentality essential to success.
“While it’s easy to say that at the minimum we should at least be making the play-offs, I reckon that every single player in this squad believes, and is confident, that we can win the league.”
Dulwich’s players and manager seem confident that they’re heading in the right direction – and why shouldn’t they? They are unbeaten in eight matches.
Dumaka (thigh) is a doubt for the FA Trophy first round game against Royston Town.
Tooting & Mitcham saw their eight-match winning streak snapped by Greenwich Borough on Tuesday night – losing 3-2.
The Terrors are still top of Ryman League Division One South but a late goal by Robert Denness bagged maximum points for the hosts.
Sol Patterson-Bohner put Tooting in front on 22 minutes but they were pegged back just before half-time by Liam MacDevitt.
Denness netted from the spot in the 70th minute but Mike Dixon levelled things up.
Frank Wilson won the divisional manager of the month award for November. They had a perfect record and had equalled a club record of nine straight victories before defeat to Borough.