Going back will be great for the supporters, great for all the officials of the club as well and also for the management and the players, says Dulwich Hamlet boss Gavin Rose

Friday 30th November 2018

DULWICH HAMLET manager Gavin Rose says it’s been very tough to have any stability during the clubs exile away from Champion Hill.


The Hamlet booked a trip to Bostik Premier Division side Wingate & Finchley in The Buildbase FA Trophy First Round on Saturday 15 December after beating their highflying Vanarama National League South rivals Welling United 2-1 at Imperial Fields in their replay in midweek.

Rose’s side welcome Torquay United tomorrow, their last game to be played at Tooting & Mitcham United’s ground, as their nine month exile from Champion Hill comes to an end.

Dulwich Hamlet sit in fifteenth-place in the table with 22 points from 18 games, while Torquay United are in fourth-place with 30 points from 17 games, a place and a point behind Steve King’s Welling.

“From what I’ve seen, they’re the form team in the league so it will be another tough test for us but we seem to relish that,” said Rose.

“I think our biggest work and our biggest concern now is against teams at the lower end of the table and maybe people expect us to beat them and we find it a little bit harder to break them down or show the patience that we need so there’s still some work still to be done, a lot of work to be done actually.

“We need to pick up points in the league, it’s great that we won but it’s a Trophy game, but we need to pick up points and be more consistent.

“We need to show the same endeavour, the same fight and will. If the boys work hard as they did and listen to instructions as they did (against Welling) and come through, I think we’re a match for any team to be honest with you.

“If we get that consistency out of the team, hopefully we can enjoy the second part of the season.”

When asked how it has been for him during the club’s enforced exile away from Champion Hill, Rose replied: “Very, very tough! It’s hard for stability. There’s no stability within the club when you’re away from home.

“You’re not sure how long it’s going to take to get back and also you can’t plan for the future because you’re not sure what gates you’re going to get and things like that, but also it’s not great for the community. 

“Going back will be great for the supporters, great for all the officials of the club as well and also for the management and the players.”

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Dulwich Hamlet  v  Torquay United
Vanarama National League South
Saturday 1 December 2018
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Imperial Fields, Bishopsford Road, Morden, Surrey SM4 6BF