Dons bounce back in style

Actonians 1-2 AFC Wimbledon

by George Jones – AFC Wimbledon (6/2/23)

Above: AFC Wimbledon (red) battle away at Actonians yesterday. Photo: Emily Topping.

AFC Wimbledon got back to winning ways on Sunday as they earned a well-earned three points at Actonians in the FA Women’s National League Division One South-East.

Coming into the game off the back of a defeat to Championship side Charlton Athletic, The Dons were keen to bounce back well.

Wimbledon had the better of the opening exchanges as Ashlee Hincks and Emma Plewa both had shots that were narrowly off-target inside the opening five minutes.

Actonians had their first chance after 20 minutes as they forced Faye Baker into a fine save. Hincks then threatened again as she took on a left-footed effort from range that was well-matched by the home keeper.

Shortly after this, the visitors got the opening goal as Ellie Dorey finished off a fine move. However the Dons’ lead would last for just two minutes as Actonians capitalised on some lapse defending to equalise.

The second half started the same way the first did with Wimbledon dominating. The pick of the chances came via a lob from Hincks that was hacked clear off the line.

With 25 minutes left, Dons took the lead from the penalty spot after an Actonians defender was adjudged to have handled in the area. Hincks duly stepped up and dispatched for her 23rd goal of the season, which in turn wrapped up the three points.

Speaking afterwards, AFC Wimbledon’s Amy Taylor said:  “Credit to Actonians, they were really good, they stuck to their gameplan and made it difficult for us. I think we showed good desire and character to see the win through.”

The Dons are back at Carshalton Athletic on Sunday as they welcome Hounslow for what will be their first home league fixture since October.

Teams: ACTONIANS: Butler, Edine, Coomson, Drage, Shimizu, Ishmael, Graham, D’Santos, Netschova, Ledezma-Viso, Kanno. Substitutes: Williamson, Shakes, Barecca, Khan, Nee Chambers, Brereton.

Scorer: D’Santos 26′.

AFC WIMBLEDON: Baker, Russell, Brooks, Mann (Taylor), Highman, Plewa, Hincks, Donovan, Bath (Stow), Billingham, Dorey (Siber).

Scorers: Dorey 24′, Hincks (pen) 64′.

Attendance: 60.

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