Cambridge City 0-2 AFC Wimbledon
by George Jones – AFC Wimbledon Women.
Above: AFC Wimbledon celebrate Ashlee Hincks’ (9) opening goal at Cambridge City, including Impetus sponsored Mia Lockett (21). Photo: Glyn Roberts.
Ashlee Hincks led the way once again with her two-goal blast sparking an impressive victory at Cambridge City on Sunday.
A double by last season’s top scorer took her tally to nine goals in just four games as the Dons secured a 2-0 league win with Faye Baker keeping her third clean sheet at the other end. The victory moved Wimbledon up to fourth place in FA Women’s National League Division One South East.
The Dons got off to an encouraging start as Ellie Dorey’s long-range effort had the Cambridge City keeper scrambling, but it ended up on the roof of the net inside the opening five minutes. This was a sign of things to come as the Dons dominated much of the game, creating several chances inside the opening half hour.
All the pressure paid off on the half-hour mark as Hincks finished from close range after a fine pass from Emily Donovan. However, the next chance of the game fell to City, who forced Faye Baker into a fine save to ensure the Dons went into the break with the lead that was very much deserved.
Wimbledon started the second half on the front foot with Becki Bath having a great chance, but she could not quite get on the end of a cross by Donovan, who then came close herself with a shot that flashed narrowly wide. The Dons continued piling on the pressure with Remmi Gardner having a shot well saved by the City keeper.
With just a slender 1-0 lead heading into the latter stages, the Dons still hadn’t killed off the hosts, but that all changed with five minutes remaining with Hincks striking home emphatically to ensure all three points for Wimbledon.
“It was a pleasing result as we produced a really professional performance, dominating most of the game in and out of possession.”Andy May, AFC Wimbledon Women First Team Coach.
There is little rest for the Dons with Kevin Foster’s side hosting London Seaward on Wednesday night (7.45 pm kick-off at Carshalton Athletic FC).
Looking further ahead, there will be an exciting match for Wimbledon next month with the Capital Cup game against Fulham to be played at Craven Cottage on Sunday 20th November.
Teams: CAMBRIDGE CITY: Bodily, Callum, Fitzpatrick, Hudson, Marson, Mulheron, Reed, Stanley, Stephenson, Struthers, Tomlinson. Substitutes: Gillies, Shaw, Steele.
AFC WIMBLEDON: Baker, Russell, Brooks, Highman, Billingham, Mann (Oliver), Donovan, Bath, Lockett (Gardner), Hincks, Dorey.
Scorers: Hincks 29′, 88′.