Dulwich Hamlet vs Faversham Town – Tuesday 1st December, 7.45pm kick-off (Champion Hill Stadium, Edgar Kail Way, London. Postcode: SE22 8BD).
Lilywhites continue Cup run against Ryman Premier League leaders
Faversham will continue their Robert Dyas League Cup run, the only Cup competition Town’s first-team remain in, with a trip to face Ryman Premier League leaders Dulwich Hamlet in this Third Round tie.
The visitors reached this stage of the competition through a 5-4 penalty shootout victory over local rivals Whitstable Town after a 1-1 draw, in which, George Monger was on the scoresheet.
Ray Turner’s Lilywhites come into this contest unbeaten in their past four fixtures, having continued their eight-game unbeaten Ryman South run on Saturday against Walton Casuals through a goal from Stuart King in a 1-1 draw.
However, the away team’s last defeat came in their last Cup match against Ryman Premier League opposition – Turner’s men falling to a slender 1-0 loss at Tonbridge Angels in that particular Kent Senior Cup tie.
The hosts come into this game on the back of their 2-1 home win over Vanarama National League South opponents Margate on Saturday in the FA Trophy Third Qualifying Round. Goals from central defender Ethan Pinnock and a late Ashley Carew penalty were enough to move The Hamlet into the First Round for the first time in 10 years.
The home side have also impressed in the Ryman Premier League this season and currently top the table with 42 points from 22 league matches but may be overtaken at the top of the pile by Tonbridge Angels, who have three games in hand and are just two points behind in 2nd position.
Turner’s men last visited the Champion Hill Stadium in September 2013, as Referee Mr Neil Davies awarded three penalties with Town falling to a 3-1 defeat in the Ryman League Charity Shield Final, despite a Wayne Wilson penalty.
Meanwhile, the last time the two outfits met in a league encounter, James Peacock was sent-off for Faversham but Jamie Maxted produced a stunning goal, which saw the away team earn a 1-1 draw.
Turner may use the tie as an opportunity to make some changes to his starting line-up with Renford Tenyue and Matt Bourne in contention, although, the visitors are expected to resist the temptation to bring too many youngsters into the squad with the under-21 team due to visit Whyteleafe on Wednesday evening.
Former Town starlet Jack Baldwin, who has recently recovered from a long-term knee ligament injury, and ex-Dulwich midfield maestro Erhun Oztumer now both play together for League One outfit Peterborough United.
The tie will go straight to a penalty shootout if the scores are level after 90 minutes.
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