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Hamlet Inflict Fourth Successive Defeat On Billericay To Go Top

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Dulwich Hamlet re-claimed top spot in the Bostik League Premier on Tuesday night after inflicting a fourth successive league defeat on overnight leaders Billericay Town at New Lodge.

In front of a crowd of 988, Hamlet won, but were indebted to a terrific performance from debutant goalkeeper Cory Addai, who has joined on loan from SkyBet League Two side Coventry City.

Addai had already produced a couple of good saves before Dean Inman put the home side in front in the 9th minute.

He went on to make further fine saves, whilst demonstrating assured handling, as the home side dominated the first half played on a very difficult surface.

But the visitors were back on level terms 2 minutes before half-time when Tanasheh Abrahams` cross found Dipo Akinyemi, who powered a header past Alan Julian in the home goal.

The second half saw Addai continue to thwart everything that the home side could muster.

And with just 7 minutes remaining, Nyren Clunis picked up the ball around the halfway line and drove through the home defence before squaring to the onrushing Akinyemi to put Dulwich ahead.

A serious injury to Hamlet`s Reise Allassani meant there was an amazing 17 minutes of stoppage time indicated.

And in the 11th of those minutes added on, Clunis got away and took the ball past Julian and slotted into the empty net to secure a first win in seven games for Hamlet.

The table has really tightened up, and Folkestone Invicta and Margate are both now level on points with Billericay.

Folkestone beat lower mid-table Kingstonian 3-0 at the Fullicks Stadium to go third.

Ian Draycott gave his team the lead in the 42nd minute before Joe Taylor scored in the 79th and 90th minutes to finish the game off.

Margate`s long trip to Suffolk saw them return with a point from play-off contenders Leiston at the LTAA in a game that had an amazing finale.

Matt Bodkin broke the deadlock to give Gate the lead right on the stroke of half-time.

Sub Dominic Docherty equalised just past the hour-mark and in the 88th minute, new signing from Lowestoft Town, Jake Reed, put Leiston ahead.

Gate`s hopes of getting back into the game nose-dived soon afterwards when the impressive Sam Blackman was shown a second yellow card for an alleged dive.

The visitors` management team of Steve Watt and Steve Brown were then dismissed from the technical area and striker Jordan Chiedozie was also sent-off.

But in stoppage time, amazingly the nine-men grabbed a point through Jack Evans.

Staines Town missed the opportunity to move into the top five when they were held to a 3-3 draw at Wheatsheaf Park by a Worthing side who beat Billericay last time out.

The hero that day, Kieron Pamment, gave the Rebels a 38th minute lead that Max Worsfold cancelled out right on the stroke of half-time.

Nine minutes into the second half, Reece Myles-Meekums restored Worthing`s lead, only for Elliot Buchanan to level within 2 minutes.

Sub Zack Newton gave the visitors the lead for a third time in the match after 72 minutes, but once more Staines fought back with Mo Bettamer equalising 9 minutes from time.

Tuesday`s other game saw Worthing`s Sussex neighbours Burgess Hill Town remain bottom of the table after losing 3-1 at Bloomfields to a now fiftheenth-placed Needham Market outfit.

Gareth Heath scored the only goal of the opening half after 34 minutes to send the Marketmen into the break ahead.

Sub Sam Nunn doubled the hosts` advantage on 77 minutes and victory was confirmed 4 minutes later with a third from fellow sub, Brendan Ocran, with loan signing Lucas Rodrigues netting a consolation for the Hillians 2 minutes later.


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