There’s a lot of talent in this level and they’re not really seen or really appreciated, says Rose
DULWICH HAMLET manager Gavin Rose says he wants fans to turn out in force to watch his side play Hampton & Richmond Borough on Saturday.
The game falls on Non-League Day and the club are giving fans the opportunity to pay what they like to watch.
Dulwich Hamlet rose up to fourth-place in the Ryman Premier League table with 16 points from 8 games after inflicting league leaders Margate’s first defeat of the season.
Unbeaten Margate took an early lead through Lewis Taylor’s stunning first time drive after fifteen minutes and Terry Brown’s side dominated the first half.
But Dulwich Hamlet equalised through Lewis Gonsalves fine finish ten minutes into the second half.
Both sides created chances in an excellent game of football but super-sub Laurent Hamici proved to be the hero for The Hamlet scoring the winner with the last kick of the game.
Dulwich Hamlet extended their 100% home record to four games after last night’s success.
Hampton & Richmond arrive at Champion Hill sitting in the bottom five in the table with six points.
The Beavers lost their first five games but have claimed back-to-back 2-1 wins over Lewes and Harrow Borough.
Six of Rose’s side that played last night have been produced from the club’s successful Academy and the manager believes fans should come out in force to watch his exciting side.
When asked about the Non-League Day initiative, Rose said: “I think it’s a great day for non-league football. I think everyone should come out and support these boys.
“There’s a lot of talent in this level and they’re not really seen or really appreciated. The players are honest at this level of football.
“There’s no airs and graces. Players talk to supporters, they talk to everyone and I think it’s a great day and everyone should come out to celebrate it.”
If anyone turns up at the turnstiles and decide NOT to pay any admission price, then they should feel ashamed.
The standard football on show from both Margate and Dulwich Hamlet last night was excellent!
“You want to win the game but you want to have a way of doing it,” said Rose.
“Everyone’s got a way and there’s no right or wrong way. Our way is to try and pass the ball, as much as we can and as much as the opposition will allow us.”
Margate’s visit last night attracted a crowd of 811, which was The Hamlet’s largest crowd of the season.
The club want to break the club’s record attendance – which stands at 1,835 against Southport in The FA Cup First Round back in 1998.
“We’re averaging crowds like that for the last year or so now so it’s not surprising,” said Rose.
“We’ve got a good bunch (of supporters) and I think it will grow in time as well. The club are doing many things off-the-pitch to get more people, more locals in and make them aware.
“No matter how many the numbers are, they’re always very vociferous and very loud and well-supported.”
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Dulwich Hamlet v Hampton & Richmond Borough
Ryman Premier League
Saturday 6th September 2014
Kick Off 3:00pm
At Champion Hill Stadium, Edgar Kail Way, Dog Kennel Hill, East Dulwich, London SE22 8BD.