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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Dyer's droogs cut through Lions into last 32

DREAM TEAM: Danny Dyer (right) and Tamer Hassan (left), the new guv'nors down the Eltham Green Road.

Harrow Meadow, FA Vase, Round 3:
Greenwich Borough 2-1 Wembley



DANNY DYER was a riot of delight as he watched his new acquisitions stay on the road to Wembley with a win over Wembley.

The Football Factory star only took control of Greenwich on Monday, amidst dreams of glory.

Dyer, who plays hard nut Tommy Johnson in the cult film, has joined forces with Borough chairman and fellow actor Tamer Hassan.

"What else you gonna do on a Saturday?" asked Dyer. "I'm a man's man and I love the game.

"This level of football is where the passion's at. Real men playing real football - if they don't win I'll get the boys down!

"And if I can help get some more birds down here even better. We'll be laughing!!!"

Greenwich Borough    Wembley

Greenwich left it late to secure a place in Monday's fourth round draw, Peter Smith's calm finish ten minutes from time proving just enough to see off a wayward Wembley.

Smith pounced after Ben Yiadom's effort could only be parried by Wembley keeper Mark Jessop, the striker strolling into the box and unleashing a fierce strike from 15 yards out.

Borough had taken the lead on 30 minutes in controversial circumstances, scoring from a re-taken free kick.

Having tried to steal a yard or five, referee Graham Atkins ordered the set-piece to be taken from its original spot, whereupon Yiadom swung in a deep cross and Dave Walters glanced the ball into the net from eight yards.

Wembley, totally outplayed for most of the first half, came out much the stronger after the break, equalising within minutes of the re-start.

Paul Shelton collected the ball on the edge of the Borough area, shook off a couple of feeble challenges and smashed the ball slap bang in the middle of the goal and straight through Michael Holder.

But Smith's goal ensured there would be no replay at Vale Farm for the visitors, now able to devote all their energies to promotion back into the Ryman League.

Star Man: Smith (Greenwich); Entertainment: ***

Read my full interview with Danny Dyer and Tamar Hassan in next week's edition of The Non-League Paper - out Sunday 16th November.

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