Dulwich Hamlet Reserves vs Clapton CFC preview: Trip south for women’s first team

Dulwich Hamlet Reserves vs Clapton CFC is on Sunday, September 24 2023 at 2pm at St. Saviour’s & Saint Olave’s Sports Ground, Green Dale, East Dulwich, London SE22 8TX

This Sunday sees our women’s first team renew old rivalries with an away trip to Dulwich Hamlet Reserves.

It’s been a solid start to the new league season for CCFC, with three successive home wins, two in the league and one in the FA Cup. We’ve scored 22 goals without reply in the process.

But our only away game so far resulted in a 2-1 loss at Sport London e Benfica so we’ll be looking for a first win on the road of the season.

The opposition

The current Dulwich Hamlet women’s team story began in 2010 under the name AFC Phoenix. The self-funded, fully independent and exclusively women’s club worked its way up the football pyramid. In 2018, the club decided to merge with the men’s club Dulwich Hamlet, and the first team and reserves have played in the pink and blue since.

Having shared two seasons in the Greater London Women’s Football League Premier Division, our hosts were promoted to the London & South East Regional Women’s League Division One North the year before us. The Hamlet have finished in third and ninth place in their two seasons in this division.

It was a busy summer, with manager Jack Badu leaving to join AFC Whyteleafe and the team temporarily withdrawing from the division. Having played on various school pitches in recent seasons, they are now at St. Saviour’s & Saint Olave’s Sports Ground, a training ground near to the main stadium.

Previous meetings

In our first meeting during the 2019/20 season, an injury hit CCFC succumbed to a 5-1 home defeat on the Wadham Lodge 3G. The away game was then postponed four times then the season later abandoned due to Covid-19.

We opened our 2020/21 campaign with a narrow 2-1 defeat away at Edward Alleyn Club behind closed doors. However, the team finally gained some revenge by overturning that 5-1 scoreline in that season’s return fixture at the Stray Dog in Walthamstow.

Last season, we won a thrilling early season game 2-1 away, then drew the home game 1-1 at the Old Spotted Dog Ground

Form guide

Both teams have started the season in identical fashion in the league, with two wins and a defeat.

Players to watch

Forward Lucy Monkman has played for both the first team and reserves this season and also has a Wikipedia page for her DJ and media career.


Looks like it’s a park football kind of vibe and therefore free entry.

Food and drink

Hot & cold soft drinks are available.


The address is given as Green Dale, London SE22 8TX, which appears to be a road to the back of their main Champion Hill stadium. The What3Words link is decide.noted.credit.

Our hosts have now shared a map of how to find it


It is a 10 minute walk from East Dulwich station, 10 minutes from North Dulwich, and 18 minutes from Denmark Hill.

Dulwich say ‘we have local parking available for this game but do be prepared to find further parking as we are hosting a game in the main stadium as well.’