Thursday 01st September 2005

Dalhouse demolishes Dulwich

Two Bromley youngsters shine after training with first team squad

Dulwich Hamlet 0-4 Bromley
MUSH Kent Youth League Under 18 Northern Division
Sunday 21 March 2004
By Stephen McCartney

MUSH Kent Youth League Under 18 Northern Division leaders Dulwich Hamlet were comprehensively beaten by Bromley at the South Bank University Sports Ground on Sunday morning.

After winning the toss and electing to kick with the wind in the first half, Bromley created many chances and went into the half time interval with a 1-0 cushion through former Queen’s Park Rangers striker, Andrew Alphonso-Dalhouse’s 25th minute strike.

After the opening goal, Bromley missed quite a few chances with Chris Hill having a couple of chances saved by the Hamlet goalkeeper.  Ryhs Robinson, who has progressed into the under eighteen squad from the under sixteen’s, almost doubled the Ravens lead but his header was comfortably saved.

Bromley manager Derek Parnham asked his players to “keep doing what they were doing” and in the second half, against the wind, the visitors came out to dominate again and soon turned their dominance into a second goal.

A superb Chris Hill pass over the top of the Dulwich right back found Alphonso-Dalhouse who ran on and coolly slotted underneath the goalkeeper.

From the resulting centre kick, Bromley soon won the ball back and started to create more chances and more problems for the home defence.

On 70 minutes the ball was played through by James Falaise, who once again found Alphonso-Dalhouse, and the striker held off a defender before slotting past the helpless goalkeeper.

A couple of forced changes were made, Ricky Hill and Jack Hicks made way for Sol Meer and Ugar Ozdemir respectively.

With ten minutes left on the clock, and Bromley in control with a three goal lead, a corner was cleared to Ozdemir who kept a clear head and smashed the ball over the goalkeeper to give Bromley a four nil victory.

Dulwich created a chance with time ticking away but Bromley goalkeeper Kunle Lanal easily dealt with and Parnham chose to replace Michael Sibley for Tobi Mackinde as Bromley secured a vital three points but most importantly, a clean sheet.

Speaking after the game, Parnham was full of praise for the players, he said: “The performance was very pleasing after last week’s dismal display against Long Lane where we lost 3-0.  To be fair to the lads I told them I was to blame for that defeat and not them, as I should have prepared better for that game than I did.  Also, in today’s game, I was pleased with the lads who, after a rocky first ten minutes, adapted very well to a new formation of 4-5-1.

“I did tell them before the game we had to dominate our own personal battles first and once you’ve done that you can dominate as a team, which was exactly what happened.”

Striker Alphonso-Dalhouse and midfielder and skipper Chris Hill both trained with Stuart McIntyre’s first team squad last Thursday and it would appear that this gesture has given both players a confidence boost.  Now they must continue to impress in the youth set up before they can knock on the first team manager’s door for a chance to shine in the pressure pot of Ryman League football.

Parnham agreed: “Since Alphonso-Dalhouse scored five goals against West Wickham in the 12-1 win, he missed some easy chances against Fisher Athletic in a game we lost 3-2.  It was pleasing for him and for me to see him score a hat-trick which has upped his confidence.

“Chris Hill had a storming game from the centre of the park and seems to be growing in confidence and stature as under eighteen captain.  Alphonso-Dalhouse is strong, quick, and aggressive and I think with him training with the first team squad last Thursday it has given him a lot more confidence that we have seen in the past couple of weeks.

Pleased Parnham also gave a special mention to several youth team players.  He added: “Special mentions for me today go to Rhys Robinson, Jamie Leggett, Jack Hicks, Chris Hill and Andrew Alphonso-Dalhouse and also a big pleasing factor for me was the second game for Joe Bell who has just returned from a dislocated patella in his left knee.

 “Joe Bell will only get better and he is another one which I hope we can have a look at in the first team set up.”

Bromley collected their fourth point from arch-rivals Dulwich Hamlet, and Parnham believes his side can rise up the table.   He added: “Hopefully we can now move on, pick up some more wins and move up the table.”


Back with Bromley's first team, they entertain Dr Martens League Eastern Division side, Folkestone Invicta at Hayes Lane in the semi-finals of the John Ullman Kent Senior Cup on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Bromley return to Ryman League Division One South action next Saturday, looking to complete the double over Bracknell Town, at Hayes Lane (3pm).  Bromley defeated Bracknell on a Tuesday night late in September 1-0 and will be looking for victory to keep their dream of a top six finish alive.

Bromley are holding a race night in their clubhouse immediately after the Bracknell Town game on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Bromley's trip to Egham Town in the Ryman League Division One South, which was postponed on Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch at the Runnymeade Stadium, has been re-arranged for Tuesday 6th April (7.45pm)