AFC WIMBLEDON LADIES & GIRLS
Providing a progressive pathway for Girls to Ladies' Football
HASHTAG UNITED 1-2 AFC WIMBLEDON
A brilliant battling display from the Dons ensure that we left Hashtag United with a 2-1 victory. The Dons went into the game having already beaten Hashtag away from home once this season thanks to an Ashlee Hincks freekick that secured the Dons a 1-0 victory in the Vitality Womens FA Cup back in November. The trip to the league leaders was still always going to be tough test for the Dons especially coming at the end of a run of 3 consecutive away games inside 8 days.
The Dons got off to a rough start with league leaders Hashtag United having the better of the early exchanges. However the Dons adapted well despite having to make a late change to the lineup with Angel Fowler having to replace Rebecca Sargent at center back after an injury in the warm up. However after some brilliant defending from the back four of Emily Oliver, Hannah Billingham, Angel Fowler and Hannah Billingham the Dons survived the first 20 minutes. After that the Dons started to get a foothold into the game and in the 27th minute the Dons took the lead thanks to another long range effort from the Dons number 9 Ashlee Hincks for whom it was her 22nd goal of the season. This was enough to ensure that the Dons went into half-time a goal to the good.
The second half started the same way the first half ended with the Dons battling hard and coming out on top and with Megan Stow starting to come into the game the Dons were looking likely to extend their lead however it wasn’t until the double substitution in the 62nd minute where Rebecca Carter and Katie Stanley replaced Gloria Siber and Chloe Sampson that the Dons put Hashtag to the sword. Less than 2 minutes after coming on Rebecca Carter had doubled the Dons lead thanks to an excellent finish after some impressive pressing play from the Dons forced the error. However with 10 minutes to go Hashtag pulled a goal back and ensured the Dons were in for a nervy finish. However some excellent game management from the Dons especially from Ashlee Hincks in the closing minutes ensured the Dons left Canvey Island with all 3 points and further closed the gap on the league leaders.
Next up from the Dons is Cambridge City being played at Carshalton Athletic FC on Sunday 30th January with a 2pm kickoff. The game originally scheduled for Plough Lane had to be moved due to the heavy fixture congestion at Plough Lane throughout January and February.
Manager Kevin Foster said “I think this shows the belief in the girls, we knew what we were going to get here, we knew they were going to keep coming at us, the way they play and set up and what goes on in and around it and we kept on going and that resilience and mental strength was a pleasure to see”
Emily Donovan said “All we can do is keeping picking up points and we are picking up points against the teams that are above us then thats perfect but every game is winnable and this league is not finished yet and you have not heard the last from us.”
Dons: Faye Baker, Emily Oliver, Kelly Highman, Angel Fowler, Hannah Billingham ©, Steph Man, Emily Donovan, Megan Stow (Molly Childerhouse), Chloe Sampson (Katie Stanley), Ashlee Hincks, Gloria Siber (Rebecca Carter)
Unused Subs: Rosie Russell, Rebecca Sargent
ABOUT AFC WIMBLEDON LADIES FIRST TEAM
The club was founded after the ladies team representing Wimbledon F.C. decided to transfer to AFC Wimbledon, after the old club's relocation. The ladies team of Fulham F.C., known as Friends of Fulham, started its bonds with the name Wimbledon, when they voted yes on the decision to transfer to Wimbledon F.C., as a new entity. The AFC Wimbledon Ladies are now owned by The Dons Trust.
AFC WIMBLEDON UNDER 23
AFC Wimbledon Ladies Under 23s were formed in the 2019/20 season and despite the struggles of the seasons due to COVID we have seen a lot of success in the development of our young ladies. We look forward to the start of the 2021/22 season where we hope to see a continuous growth and development strengthening the pathway to first team football.
AFC WIMBLEDON GIRLS SECTION
Excited to announce that the coming 2021/22 season our AFC Wimbledon Girls section will consist of 16 teams