Report - Dulwich Hamlet 0-1 Oxford City
Self Sees City to Victory
Jack Self’s first goal for the club ensured that Oxford City had the perfect preparation for their FA Cup First Round Replay on Tuesday evening as they ran out 1-0 winners away at Dulwich Hamlet, who were playing potentially their last fixture at their temporary home of Imperial Fields.
Mark Jones continued to rotate his squad ahead of Tuesday night’s big match as he made four changes to the side that lined up at Dartford. Sam Nombe, Reece Fleet and Kabongo Tshimanga were all rested, while captain Joe Oastler wasn’t risked after picking up a knock on Tuesday, the first time had missed a game in which he was eligible to play since joining the club.
Josh Ashby and Zac McEachran returned to the lineup after being rested on Tuesday night and partnered Jack Self in the centre of midfield. Bobson Bawling and Kunle Otudeko occupied the wings and provided support to lone striker Craig Fasanmade, who made his first start for the club. At the back, Craig King remained ever-present in goal, protected by a back four that had Kyran Wiltshire and captain for the day Eddie Jones as full backs, while Udoka Godwin-Malife and Frankie Musonda were the centre back pairing.
Both sides started with spells of possession, however it took time for the first sights of goal to come. These came from two set pieces – City had the first as a corner was headed at Preston Edwards who held with ease, before a free-kick from Ashley Carew up the other end was hit straight at King.
It was the 22nd minute before Fasanmade was able to test the keeper. A great run through the middle from Self saw the midfielder feed through the striker who got a shot away on his left foot, however it was deflected and required Edwards to grab ahead of the waiting McEachran.
The hosts’ afternoon got harder just three minutes later. As Fasanmade looked to break down the left wing, Quade Taylor took the striker down with a horrible, two-footed challenge on the half-way line that left referee Alex Blake with little other choice than to send the centre-back off.
It took the Hoops a further 20 minutes to make the most of their man advantage. McEachran was sat waiting on the penalty spot as a high ball came to him, controlling well as he turned, however his fierce strike was too close to Edwards who was able to beat away.
On the stroke of half time, Godwin-Malife was able to head towards goal from a corner, however once again Edwards beat away.
Dulwich’s best chance of the match came within seconds of the restart. They earned possession wide at the edge of the box and struck from range, however, with King off his line this was just wide of the target.
Just five minutes later, the deadlock was broken. Self was able to time a run forward to perfection as he beat the offside trap to meet McEachran’s ball forward. The midfielder, slightly wide of goal, was then able to slot under Edwards to open his account for the Hoops on his second appearance.
Five minutes later and it perhaps should have been two. McEachran was fed through one-on-one with Edwards, the stopper doing brilliantly to gamble and get down low as the midfielder looked to double his side’s advantage.
Mark Jones freshened his side up for the final 20 minute onslaught from the hosts. His first two substitutions, on 73 minutes, saw Kabongo Tshimanga and Sam Nombe introduced in place of Bobson Bawling and Craig Fasanmade.
Dulwich were close to finding an equaliser with 8 minutes to go, however Craig King had other ideas as he earned his clean sheet the hard way. An effort from the edge of the box was well saved initially, however with the ball loose he sprawled across his goal magnificently to intercept the follow up effort which would have otherwise ended with a certain goal.
With four minutes added on, the Hoops ran down the clock well to see themselves to three valuable points for their push up the league.
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