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ENFIELD TOWN 1 - 2 AFC WIMBLEDON

January 16, 2022

 

The Dons got our first win of 2022 after a hard fought win over Enfield at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium. The Dons went into the game looking to build on a good point earned against Billericay the previous week and knew that the game marked the start of a tough week of games with trips to London Seaward on wednesday and promotion contenders Hashtag United on Sunday still to come. 


The Dons started the better of the two sides but struggled to carve out any clear cut opportunities to open the scoring and were restricted to long shots mainly from Ashlee Hincks. The Dons got their reward for their positive start as they were awarded a penalty on the 20 mark. Ashlee Hincks made no mistake from the penalty spot to continue her fine goal scoring record so far this season. The goal seemed to make it a more open game as Enfield started to get opportunities of their own however the Dons were able to double their lead on the stroke of half time as Megan Stow scored an outstanding goal which some will claim was intended as a cross. This ensured the Dons went into half time with a deserved 2-0 lead after they dominated the first half.

Photo credit to Glyn Roberts @Rabidbarfly


The second half was a different story however and the Dons were sloppy and were unable to get going again after the restart which allowed Enfield to start getting a foothold in the game and they started to create some clear opportunities. Faye Baker was forced into a fine as she did well to hold onto a well struck shot from close range to ensure the Dons remained 2 goals to the good. However Enfield’s pressure was rewarded with a goal on the hour mark as they capitalized on a defensive mix up by the Dons. This forced a nervy finish but some great game management from Ashlee Hincks and Hannah Billingham ensured the Dons left north London with all 3 points.


The result means the Dons move upto 4th in the table and still have games in hand over the teams above them. We are back on the road Wednesday night as we make the trip to the Mile End Stadium where we face London Seaward (Formally Leyton Orient) and then on Sunday we make the trip to Canvey Island where we face promotion contenders Hashtag United.



Dons first team coach Andy May said “It was a game of two halves really, started really strong first 45 then did not set our standards to what we expect in the second half. To be fair to Enfield they made it a good game and made it a challenge for us but the pleasing thing is we came out with 3 points in a three game week.”


Megan Stow said “We went 2-0 up and coming out we knew they would have to come at us and they did. They got on top of us around 60th minute but we held our own and saw the game out.”


Dons: 23. Faye Baker, 3. Rosie Russell, 5, Kelly Highman. 8. Rebecca Sargent, 20. Hannah Billingham, 2. Angel Fowler, 12. Megan Stow, 16. Emily Donovan, 7. Lauren Pickett,  9. Ashlee Hincks, 11. Rebecca Carter.


Subs:
55’ 10. Chloe Sampson replaces 7. Lauren Pickett

67’ 34. Molly Childerhouse replaces 16. Emily Donovan

75’ 4. Steph Mann replaces 2. Angel Fowler

80’ 39. Gloria Siber replaces 11. Rebecca Carter


Unused Subs: 14. Katie Stanley