Dulwich Hamlet 3 Lowestoft Town 1: Jessup performs heroics but injury-hit Blues can’t keep Hamlet at bay

Lowestoft's Harvey Hodd, right, goes in for a forceful tackle at Dulwich Hamlet. Picture: Shirley D

Lowestoft's Harvey Hodd, right, goes in for a forceful tackle at Dulwich Hamlet. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow - Credit: Archant

Injury-ravaged Lowestoft Town were well beaten by play-off chasers Dulwich Hamlet – and thankful to an inspired Jake Jessup for preventing an even bigger defeat.

Shaun Bammant gets in a header for Lowestoft at at Dulwich Hamlet. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow

Shaun Bammant gets in a header for Lowestoft at at Dulwich Hamlet. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow - Credit: Archant

Already without Rossi Jarvis, the Trawlerboys lost Rory Mcauley in the pre-match warm-up, Harry Barker within 10 minutes of kick-off and even stand-in full-back Harvey Hodd in the second half.

Lowestoft keeper Jake Jessup in action during a fine performance at Dulwich. Picture: Shirley D Whi

Lowestoft keeper Jake Jessup in action during a fine performance at Dulwich. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow - Credit: Archant

And to make matters worse, Travis Cole was sent off in the second half and is likely to kiss the final three league games of the season.

Jamie Forshaw got the winner for Dereham against Cheshunt. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow

Jamie Forshaw got the winner for Dereham against Cheshunt. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow - Credit: Archant

Dulwich made their intentions clear from the start and in the opening minutes Nyren Clunis robbed Adam Smith and forced Jessup into the first of his many saves. The keeper was then called upon to save from Dumebi Dumaka and then block Ibra Sekajja's shot with Dumaka blazing the rebound high over the top.

Lowestoft keeper Jake Jessup in action at Dulwich. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow

Lowestoft keeper Jake Jessup in action at Dulwich. Picture: Shirley D Whitlow - Credit: Archant

Lowestoft mounted their first attack on 20 minutes with Dulwich keeper Preston Edwards bravely saving at the feet of Jake Reed following an excellent Shaun Bammant cross.

However, Dulwich took the lead in the 23rd minute. Clunis again won the ball just outside the area and crossed low to the far post where Sekajja turned it in.

Edwards saved bravely again at the feet of Reed from another Bammant cross but the half finished as it had started with Jessup denying Dumaka.

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Lowestoft stunned Dulwich with an equaliser two minutes after the break. Ryan Jarvis' left-wing corner saw Cole racing in to head home from six yards.

But Town were hit by a goal of the season contender as Dumaka won a header on the halfway line before moving forward and unleashing a thunderbolt that screamed into the top corner giving Jessup no chance.

Lowestoft's woes were compounded with Cole's harsh red card following a clash with Dumaka, but they continued to attack, with a Nico Cotton free-kick collected under the angle of crossbar and post before Dulwich put the game to bed with 15 minutes left when Panutche Camara added their third.

Lowetsoft: Jessup, Cole, Smith, Fisk, Barker (Cotton 10), Blake-Tracy, Hodd (Forshaw 78), Ryan Jarvis, Reed, Henderson, Bammant. Ref: M Meeton. Att: 1,806.

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