Gavin Rose reckons his Dulwich Hamlet side need one more win – at least – to make sure of their National League South status.
The Champion Hill outfit are six points clear of the drop-zone after Saturday’s 2-1 win at Chippenham Town, with only four matches left to play. Truro City, in the final drop berth, have one extra match to go.
Rose said: “We definitely need another three points at the minimum, maybe more. And we don’t want to be waiting around until the end of the season to see if we can stay in the league.”
Hamlet only have two more home matches – tomorrow against Hungerford Town and then Easter Monday’s visit of Woking. The regulation season finishes at the end of this month.
“For us that is pretty weird because we have always gone into May [with the Isthmian League Premier play-offs],” said Rose. “So for us it is a little bit different. As long as we stay in the league I think we have done our minimum goal. It will give us a chance to assess where we need to improve as a club – that’s management team and players – for next season.”
Striker Decarrey Sheriff has returned to parent club Colchester United. Hamlet have signed midfielder Charlie Allen, the son of former West Ham United midfielder Martin.
“Decarrey was coming off the bench and he had got some vital goals,” said Rose. “But the way the team was set up I didn’t feel I could start him as much as he wanted and they [Colchester] wanted.
“Charlie has been injured for a little while and he has only just started coming back to football in the last six months.
“Charlie has been around the game a long time and he knows how to be competitive.
“He is a box-to-box midfielder. He’ll come in and give us something a bit different to what we have got in there.
“There is no guarantee I won’t be starting him or I will be starting him.”
The transfer deadline has passed.
“Sanchez Ming went on loan to Welling but he is only there for another two weeks,” said Rose. “Then he is due to come back to us.”