AFC Wimbledon 2-0 Stevenage
From George Jones, AFC Wimbledon Ladies
Above: AFC Wimbledon celebrate yesterday at Carshalton. Photo: Glyn Roberts.
The Dons ran out eventual winners at Carshalton Athletic on Sunday in a game that was overshadowed by a serious injury sustained by the Stevenage keeper in the first 10 minutes.
Wimbledon went into the game after last Sunday’s incredible penalty shoot-out victory away to Portsmouth to secure their place in the semi-final of the FAWNL Plate. With second place Billericay Town not playing, the Dons knew a victory would further close the gap to the top two.
The hosts got off to a perfect start when Katie Stanley opened the scoring after only nine minutes. However whilst the Dons were celebrating the Stevenage keeper stayed down having sustained a shoulder injury in the process of attempting a save. There was then a 30-minute break in play whilst she received treatment before being transferred to hospital. When play restarted the rest of the first half was a scrappy affair with neither team having any clear-cut chances.
In the second half, the Dons started in a much stronger fashion and doubled their lead just before the hour mark as Ashlee Hincks continued her scoring streak. Wimbledon continued their dominance and kept searching for more goals. However, a well-disciplined Stevenage side dug in and made life difficult for the Dons and prevented them from extending their advantage.
El Sueno Tequila Player of The Match Angel Fowler said “The main thing was we got the win today, it was not our best performance either but we certainly played our game and did what we needed to do to get three points”
First-team coach Andy May reviewed the game saying: “It was a difficult one to be fair looking back at it, we didn’t set our standards and the intensity we wanted to work at but at the end of the day it’s three points so it’s a pleasing thing but I think there is more from us than that performance today.”
Next up, AFC Wimbledon are back at Plough Lane on Wednesday night against Queen’s Park Rangers with tickets now available via: https://tickets.afcwimbledon.ltd.uk/selection/event/seat?perfId=101594902329&ot=0>mStepTracking=true
Teams: AFC WIMBLEDON: Baker, Childerhouse, Fowler, Sargent, 20. Billingham, Mann (Russell), Donovan, Stow (Oliver), Pickett (Sampson), Hincks, Stanley (Taylor).
Scorers: Stanley 9′, Hincks 57′.
STEVENAGE: Brooks, Webster, Gunn, Neal, Nebbitt, Straver, Sharos, French, Bellinger, Schofield, Makewell. Substitutes: Southby, Greenwood, Manning, Bennett, Swarres.