Dulwich Hamlet ensured their Champion Hill return had the perfect outcome – as they recorded a 2-1 National League South win over Eastbourne Borough on Boxing Day.
Ashley Carew and Nyren Clunis netted in the second half for Gavin Rose’s side in front of a crowd of 3,002.
It was Hamlet’s first match back at Champion Hill. They had previously been forced to groundshare with Tooting & Mitcham for nine months – left helpless victims in a dispute between landlords Meadow Partners and Southwark council.
All but one of their fixtures at the KNK Stadium this season had not managed to hit four figures in terms of attendances.
Charlie Walker netted in the 90th minute for Borough but Dulwich recorded their seventh victory of the season to move 10 points clear of the bottom three.
Eastbourne keeper Mark Smith denied Dan Thompson after the striker got his head to Carew’s free-kick as a low-key first half ended 0-0.
Clunis was the provider for Carew’s goal, the long-serving midfielder driving a low finish past Smith in the 61st minute.
Dulwich made it 2-0 on 74 minutes as Clunis headed Anthony Cook’s cross home.
Hamlet striker Dipo Akinyemi had a big chance to seal the contest but fired over after outpacing his marker from Carew’s ball over the top. Walker tapped in from close range as Hamlet managed to repel late pressure. Dulwich are at home again tomorrow against Slough Town.
Bromley lost 1-0 at Sutton United in the National League. They are at Havant & Waterlooville this weekend.
SCEFL Premier Division leaders Fisher go to AFC Croydon tomorrow. The Fish lost 2-1 at home to Erith Town before Christmas with Andy Mott getting their goal.
Tooting & Mitcham United did not have a Boxing Day fixture. They are at home to South Park tomorrow in the Isthmian League South Central Division
Photographs by Keith Gillard