Dulwich Hamlet put their off-field worries to one side to start November the way they ended October and claim their sixth successive win at the weekend.
Reise Allassani scored the only goal of the game five minutes before half-time at Thurrock to keep Hamlet top of the Isthmian League Premier Division table.
Allassani’s goal made it eleven wins in twelve games in all competitions for Gavin Roses’s side to leave them five points clear of Metropolitan Police in second.
Although Thurrock started quickly they failed to test Hamlet goalkeeper Preston Edwards and it was Allassani who had the game’s first shot on goal but it was saved by Oshane Brown.
In the eighth minute Edwards made a block to deny Dennis Oli before Rionnie Winn shot wide and Allassani again saw an effort deflected over. Thurrock were succeeding in stifling their opponents but the visitors almost took the lead when Nana Boakye-Yiadom fed Sanchez Ming but his shot was saved by Brown.
Dulwich then hit the woodwork before their pressure finally paid off when Allassani cut in from the left before firing past Brown at his near post.
Rose’s side had an escape on the stroke of half-time when they cleared the ball off their own line. In a tight and fraught second half Allassani and Ming went close to giving their side more breathing space before James Scammell – on for injured stopper Brown – denied Nathan Ferguson.
But a goal was enough for all three points as Hamlet closed the game out with Edwards relatively untroubled.
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