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    MATCH REPORT
Saturday 28 August 2004
Ryman League, Division One

AFC Wimbledon    3 - 1    Walton & Hersham
Richard Butler (35)
Robert Ursell (73)
Joe Sheerin (90)
  (22) Neil Lampton
 
 Danny Naisbitt 1 Nick Gindre 
 
 Michael Woolner 2 Francis Dolan 
 
 Ryan Gray 3 Wes Goggin 
 
 Antony Howard 4 Adam Thompson 
 
 Matt Everard 5 Michael Brady ( 40) (sub 55) 
 
 Steve Butler 6 John Pomroy (sub 78) 
 
(sub 88)  Robert Ursell 7 Neil Lampton ( 26) 
 
 Chris Gell 8 Sam Keevill (sub 33) 
 
(sub 84)  Richard Butler 9 Mark Nwokeji 
 
(sub 68)  Martin Randall 10 Carl Gibbs ( 78) 
 
 Gavin Bolger 11 Phil Parsons 
 
  ---  
 
 Steve Gibson 12 Lee Doherty (sub 55) 
 
 Paul Smith 13  
 
(sub 88)  Jon-Barrie Bates 14 Alan Dowson 
 
(sub 84)  Jamie Taylor 15 Ricky Alexander (sub 78) 
 
(sub 68)  Joe Sheerin 16 Elliott Favell 
 
  17 Rob Wimble (sub 33) 
 

Match report

Wimbledon made it five wins out of five with a fine performance against a battling Walton & Hersham side.

As on Tuesday night against Banstead, the game started slowly as both sides settled down. And when they came, the first chances fell to the Dons. First, on 15 minutes, Robert Ursell jinked and twisted into the box to engineer a shooting chance, but his near-post shot went behind off the woodwork.

Then the referee played advantage as Richard Butler was scythed by a late challenge on the half-way line. His flick sent Gavin Bolger free, who squared it to Ursell, but Gindre managed to scramble out and save on the edge of the box.

But it was the visitors who took the lead, thanks to the intervention of the linesman, who flagged for a penalty for handball against Michael Woolner. Lampton lamped it down the middle for 1-0.

As Walton & Hersham broke from a Dons corner two minutes later, it should have been two. With the home defence struggling to get back, Nwokeji had the freedom of the penalty box to fire the cross home, but somehow blazed it over the bar.

A goalmouth melee prevented Wimbledon getting back on terms, as first Ryan Gray and then Richard Butler had shots cleared off the line. Two further corners were somehow blocked and scrambled away, before the home pressure finally told on 35 minutes.

Chris Gell won the ball in midfield and sent a quick chipped ball over the Walton defence. Richard Butler scampered through to round Gindre on the edge of the box and smash his shot past the defender?s desperate lunge from a narrow angle.

Then a shot from Butler was blocked by Gindre and fell to Martin Randall. He sent it goalwards but the keeper scrambled back to collect. As half-time neared, Richard Butler then sent a header over the bar from a corner. Despite the Dons finishing the stronger, it remained 1-1 at the interval.

The Dons dominated in the second period. Everard narrowly avoided giving the Dons the lead from a corner as his header was blocked at the far post. A Richard Butler flick then gave Randall a yard of space and Gindre came out to block well for yet another corner, which Gindre came out to punch. The goalkeeper was then nearly caught out by an Ursell curler, and flapped to tip it behind.

Good hold-up play from Randall set up Ursell, but his whipped cross was headed away from Richard Butler, who was surprisingly flagged for offside.

Some questionable decisions from Alison Chapman brought Dons? attacks to a premature halt, the highlight being Richard Butler conceded a free-kick for being pushed over. Walton & Hersham were restricted to looking for chances on the break, and headed narrowly over from a corner.

Joe Sheerin replaced Randall and laid the ball off for Bolger, but his shot was well saved by Gindre. On 73 minutes the Dons took the lead in slightly bizarre circumstances. Sheerin ran clear on the right wing and Gindre charged out of his goal to meet him. Sheerin?s chipped ball was lifted over him and as Richard Butler attempted to head it into the empty net, Thompson bundled him over. Ms Chapman pointed to the spot, but despite the foul occurring practically on the goal-line gave Thompson no card.

Ursell?s spot-kick was well saved by Gindre but fell back to the wizard himself, who calmly controlled it and fired home at the near post past the unlucky keeper.

There were a few half-chances for the Dons after that, with Walton restricted to throwing men up-front for a solitary corner. Finally, a piece of Sheerin magic put the game beyond doubt. He controlled a long clearance on his chest and took a touch, before looking up and chipping Gindre from about 25 yards for a sublime goal. ?You should have stayed on your line,? chanted a delighted West Bank.

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