Hamlet go to the top of the table, but all is not Rose-y for the gaffer

Orders from the bench: Gavin Rose is playing down being top of the Ryman League Division One South tree    SP68679

Orders from the bench: Gavin Rose is playing down being top of the Ryman League Division One South tree SP68679

First published in Sport Sutton Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

Dulwich Hamlet boss Gavin Rose has no desire to talk about being top of Ryman League Division One South, at least not yet.

Saturday’s 2-1 win at Three Bridges, in which Daniel Carr scored his fith and sixth goals in two games, put Hamlet two points ahead of Maidstone at the summit, although their rivals have three games in hand.

“I am not concerned about being top of the table right now. I just want us to be consistent, stay in the mix and make sure we’re in with a chance of promotion come the end of the season. If we’re still top then, that’ll be just fine,” Rose said.

"Don't get me wrong, it's good to be where we are, but there is no-one getting carried away. This may be a good time, but don't forget the bad times. Football has a habit of kicking you where it hurts.

“Against Three Bridges we missed a lot of chances in the first half and had to come from behind. Going on the chances we created, we should have been at least three up at the break.”

Hamlet host Eastbourne Town this weekend without the supsended Lewis Gonsalves and the injured Louis Hollingsworth.

Hamlet's 18-year-old striker Carr is catching the eye after scoring four goals in the League Cup win over Herne Bay, and then his brace at Three Bridges, taking his total for the season to eight in all competitions.

The former Reading trainee has moved to the Champion Hill Stadium looking to rebuild his career.

"He was not offered a professional contract at Reading," said Rose. "So he has come here to start again and try to get into League football.

"He's a big lad, about six feet tall - very technically sound and able to score goals.

"He has a lot to learn both on and off the pitch, but he has got natural ability."

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