Late defeat by Hamlet tough on Beavers
By Rob Overfield
Dulwich Hamlet sneaked into the 2nd qualifying round with a late Ashley Carew penalty, but the Beavers will feel they should have won.
The Hamlet had the first chance on 8 minutes as Nyren Clunis fired a shot in, but Hampton keeper Seb Brown parried the ball away.
10 minutes later, Hampton's Charlie Moone had a shot cleared off the line by Pinnock following a defensive error and the Beavers were starting to look like they were more than a match from their south London visitors.
Just before the break, Dulwich had another chance when Matt Drage's header drifted just over the bar from Kevin James' corner.
Hampton's best chance during the first half came in stoppage time at the end of the half, as Nicke Kabamba scampered down the right wing, in plenty of space and pulled the ball back into the middle where Jerome Federico struck a shot that took a flying save from Phil Wilson to prevent the goal that the Beavers deserved.
Wilson was on hand to deny Dean Sinclair just before the hour, after the returning midfielder picked up a Charlie Moone flick just outside the box; 10 minutes later, a Jake Rose free kick was lifted into the box and Moussa Diarra's header had Wilson stretching but the header drifted wide.
The game was drifting to a replay at Champion Hill, a draw being the likely result, when it jolted into life on 88 minutes. Ethan Pinnock was in space down the right, he gathered the ball and sprinted with it into the box, where he was clipped by the unfortunate Joe Hicks, who had just come on as replacement for Dean Sinclair.
Ashley Carew picked up the ball and buried the spot kick past Seb Brown to give the Hamlet a berth in the next round, denying Hampton, who deserved more than the early exit.
Hampton & Richmond Borough (0) 0
Dulwich Hamlet (0) 1
Ashley Carew (p) 88
1 Seb Brown, 2 Michael Kamara, 3 Tom Jelley, 4 Eddie Hutchinson, 5 Moussa Diarra, 6 Dean Sinclair (16 Joe Hicks 86), 7 Jake Rose, 8 Josh Casey, 9 Nicke Kabamba, 10 Charlie Moone, 11 Jerome Federico.
Subs: 12 Richard Pacquette, 13 Matte Pierson, 14 Ryan Newman, 15 Herson RODRIGUES ALVES, 16 Joe Hicks, 17 James Richmond.
1 Phil Wilson, 2 Matt Drage, 3 Jordan Hibbert, 4 Kevin James, 5 Mitchell Nelson, 6 Ethan Pinnock, 7 Nyren Clunis (14 Damian Scannell 35), 8 Ashley Carew, 9 Callum Willock (12 Dean McDonald 79), 10 Charlie Penny (17 Josh Fernandes 60), 11 Rhys Murrell-Williamson.
Subs: 12 Dean McDonald, 1 Oshane Brown, 14 Damian Scannell, 15 Jamie Mascoll, 17 Josh Fernandes, 19 Siado Khan, 20 Diallianc Jayasimi
Photo - (C) Stuart Airey