Non-league round-up: Dulwich Hamlet boss Rose – I always knew my team is a work in progress

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

Dulwich Hamlet have taken one point from a possible nine in National League South after a 1-0 home reverse to Maidstone United on Tuesday night.

Substitute Ibby Akanbi scored an 85th-minute winner as the hosts failed to register a shot on target.

Christian Smith headed an Aaron Barnes cross over the bar in the second half with substitute Danny Mills also failing to keep down a late chance from Jeffrey Monakana’s delivery.

Dulwich boss Gavin Rose said: “In the first half we enjoyed a lot more of the ball without being potent as a team in the final third. We seemed to turn down the opportunities to drive at defenders, cross the ball or shoot.

“It was pretty up until the final third and then petered out, which was down to ourselves.

“We had a couple of clearcut chances in the second half. Christian Smith was two or three yards out and missed an open goal with a header and it was the same with Danny Mills from another cross – he had a header which was pretty much on the goal line.”

Dulwich are eighth in the table.

“After we beat Eastbourne I heard some of our supporters saying we were going to win the league,” said Rose. “Much as I’d love that to be the case I have always known we are a work in progress as a group.

“The job I have got to do is to make us progress and get points at the same time. I’m fully aware where we are as a squad.

“The play-offs this season would be the minimum achievement – anything else is a bonus.

“We are one place outside the play-offs and we’ve got some big games coming up to get back into those play-off positions.”

Hamlet head to Braintree Town tomorrow.

Welling United drew 0-0 with Eastbourne Borough on Tuesday in National League South.

Isthmian South Central Division leaders Tooting & Mitcham are at home to AFC Vardenians in the FA Cup tomorrow.

Danny Bassett will be looking to score for a fifth successive match.

Nathan Chambers netted twice in extra time as Raynes Park Vale beat Lydd Town 2-0 in their FA Vase replay in midweek.

Greenwich Borough are also through after a 3-2 victory over Banstead Athletic. Kemo Darboe got a second-half brace with Fred Obasa opening the scoring.

PICTURE BY KEITH GILLARD

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