Cambridge United 0-3 AFC Wimbledon
By George Jones – AFC Wimbledon Ladies (4/4/22)
Above: AFC Wimbledon find the net away to Cambridge United at St. Neots Town FC yesterday. Photo: Glyn Roberts.
AFC Wimbledon extended their unbeaten run in the FA Women’s National League Division One South-East to 18 games with an impressive 3-0 victory away to Cambridge United on Sunday.
The Dons went into the game knowing that due to there being only one promotion spot available, promotion was no longer possible despite their brilliant run of form but with a cup final still to come in a couple of weeks the South Londoners wanted to continue their form.
Wimbledon were without Gloria Siber for the trip to face Cambridge United due to her being called up for international duty by Hungary. Despite this, the Dons went into the game looking to build on the victory against Actonians in midweek and were keen to set a high tempo right from the start.
AFC Wimbledon dominated the opening stages and were awarded a penalty with United reduced to 10 players after Anna Re was sent off for a deliberate handball on the goal line. Ashlee Hincks stepped up and scored her 38th goal of the season in all competitions.
With the hosts being a player down Wimbledon continued to dominate and apply pressure and with 35 minutes on the clock, they doubled their lead thanks to an unlikely source with Steph Mann getting her first goal of the season from close range after a run-in from the back post gave the Dons a 2-0 lead at half time.
In the second half, Wimbledon continued their dominance and less than five minutes into the re-start, Megan Stow scored their third goal. With the game pretty much put to bed, the Dons continued to control the game in a professional manner whilst making changes with Kelly Highman, Steph Mann, Amy Taylor and Megan Stow all coming off at various stages allowing Emily Oliver to make her return after a spell out along with Emily Donovan, Angel Fowler and Chloe Sampson coming off the bench as Wimbledon ran out comfortable 3-0 winners.
Speaking after the match, Wimbledon defender Rosie Russell said: “It was a really enjoyable game in general, competitive. We raised the tempo which was good and brought in the success from Wednesday, started well moved it around, and yeah it was an enjoyable game.”
First-team coach Andy May was also positive “It was really pleasing. (Head coach) Kevin (Foster) spoke to them before the game and set a couple of challenges about what we do in terms of setting our standards and setting our tempo so to see that implemented in that 90 minutes was really pleasing.”
Teams: CAMBRIDGE UNITED: Webb, Re, Otten, Fox, Jenkins, Griffin, Hewitt, Rouse, Davies, Burt, Bennett. Substitutes: Markwell, Emmings, Marwell, Cantwell.
AFC WIMBLEDON: Baker, Russell, Highman (Fowler), Sargent, Billingham, Mann (Sampson), Stow (Oliver), Taylor (Donovan), Stanley, Hincks, Carter.
Scorers: Hincks (pen) 30′, Mann 35′, Stow 49′.