Non-league round-up: Dulwich and Tooting target FA Cup progression – with Hamlet boss Rose saying the memories last longer than prize money

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Gavin Rose is hoping for a different outcome tomorrow to the last time that Dulwich Hamlet faced Eastbourne Borough in the FA Cup.

The South London club are bidding to reach the fourth qualifying round but were knocked out by the same opposition in the previous campaign.

“We were 4-0 down at half time and came back to lose 4-3,” said boss Rose. “We were very close to nicking a draw.

“It was quite an eventful tie last year and I’m hoping not to go through that sort of drama.

“Luckily enough we’re at home this time around and I hope to take some advantage from that.”

Dulwich won 3-0 at Champion Hill when they faced Borough in National League South action in August. They will received £11,250 in prize money if they progress in the cup.

“Over the last few years the financial rewards have got greater,” said Rose. “For a club at our level that is very important, it can give you more resources or stem the tide.

“You can’t get away from the fairytale of getting to the first, second or third round and playing some big clubs – maybe getting on the telly. That is what everyone dreams about.

“Not everyone in their career gets to do that. The revenue is a short-term thing but the memories last a lot longer.”

Hamlet won 5-1 against AFC Croydon Athletic on Tuesday night in the London Senior Cup with a hat-trick from Ade Yusuff. Connor Hunte and Dominic Vose completed the scoring at Champion Hill.

Tooting & Mitcham will look to cause another FA Cup exit when they face Poole Town tomorrow.

A goal from Danny Bassett saw the Terrors dispose of National League outfit Dorking Wanderers last month.

Tooting’s Velocity Cup tie against Whyteleafe on Tuesday night was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

PICTURE BY KEITH GILLARD

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