AFC Wimbledon 1-2 Ashford Town (Middx)
Above: The view behind the goal as AFC Wimbledon go ahead from Ashlee Hincks’ corner yesterday. Photo: Glyn Roberts.
From George Jones – AFC Wimbledon Ladies (21/2/22)
AFC Wimbledon suffered a rare defeat yesterday after lower league Ashford Town (Middx) gained another impressive win in the Capital Women’s Cup Quarter-Final.
Kevin Foster’s side had their 13-match unbeaten run ended by the London and South-East Regional Premier leaders.
The Dons went into the game knowing it was going to be a tough fixture with Ashford unbeaten in the league all season and having beaten sides from the same level as Wimbledon and higher in other cup competitions this season.
And so it proved as Ashford started well, forcing Dons keeper Lauren Allen to make a fantastic save. The Dons took the lead though in the 19th minute when Ashlee Hincks scored direct from a corner. In the match played at Carshalton, visitors Ashford stormed back and earned a deserved equaliser from Impetus sponsored striker Ashley Cheatley, before their goalkeeper Sophie Shults made a fine save to stop Hincks from putting the Dons back in front.
Ashford had a dream start to the second-half as they took the lead with less than five minutes gone after the restart through Kalani Peart. The Dons responded by exerting more pressure, but Allen was required to made another superb save to keep the hosts in it. Though a free-kick by Hincks was well saved by the Shults, the visitors held on for an impressive victory.
El Sueno Tequila Player of the Match Lauren Allen said: “Fair play to Ashford. We knew it was going to be a difficult game, and a real challenge for us. They deserved it, but from our perspective, it was not good enough. We will go into training on Tuesday and we’ll work hard to bounce back from it.”
Teams: AFC WIMBLEDON: Allen, Oliver, Fowler, Highman, Billingham, Childerhouse (Mann), Taylor (Sargent), Stow, Pickett (Rebecca Carter), Hincks, Sampson.
Scorer: Hincks 19′.
ASHFORD TOWN (MIDDX): Shuls, Sitarz, Peart, Kinnane, Neufville, Down, Linton, Johnson, Cheatley, Clarabut, Hoesli-Atkins.
Scorers: Cheatley 30′, Peart 48′.