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Match Preview: Dulwich Hamlet v Brentford B

Bees in search of fifth win in five at Champion Hill

28 July 2017

On Saturday, the Brentford B Team play their fifth pre-season game against Dulwich Hamlet away from home.

Kevin O'Connor's team are four from four in July, scoring 14 and conceding two. The squad have beaten ETO Gyor, MSK Zilina, Benfica B and Chelsea XI so far this month.

The Opposition

Dulwich Hamlet FC are a team from Southwark in London who play in the seventh tier of English football. They play their games at Champion Hill, a ground shared by the Millwall Lionesses. The squad includes former Brentford player Gavin Tomlin, now 33, who played 12 games for The Bees in 2006.

The past three seasons have seen the team almost make it into the National League South but each one has ended in defeat. Twice they have been to the Play-off Final, losing the most recent to Bognor Regis 2-1 in May.

The boss

Gavin Rose is Dulwich's longest serving manager. The former midfielder took over in 2009 after spending some time playing for The Hamlet.

In the 2012/13 season he lead the squad to the Ryman South league title following two years of Play-off heartache. Since that time, Rose has won eight Manager of the Month awards.

As a player, Gavin made appearances for Wimbledon, Charlton Athletic, Queens Park Rangers and Southend United. In 2002, he joined for The Hamlet, while doubling up as their Youth Team manager.

Brentford B

Only five players have started every game so far in pre-season; Ellery Balcombe, Ilias Chatzitheodoridis, Chris Mepham, Theo Archibald and Ali Coote. Of those players, Balcombe has played every one of the 360 minutes so far, Chatzitheodoridis a close second on 339 and Mepham third on 336.

Coote and Marcus Forss have scored the most goals on four each, however Forss' came all in one match against Benfica. Coote has netted in three of his four appearances for The Bees.

The squad is still missing Henrik Johansson (injured), while both Herson Alves and Bradley Clayton seem to be fighting fit after shaking off injuries sustained last season.

There will be a full match report on after the full time whistle.

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