WIMBLEDON 8-0 CAMBRIDGE UNITED
AFC Wimbledon ended our season in style on Sunday as we ran out 8-0 winners against Cambridge United at Carshalton. We went into the game looking to end the season in strong fashion and put last weekend’s FAWNL Plate Final defeat behind them. Before the game there was a touching tribute to our long standing player Katie Stanley who has retired from football at the end of the season.
The game itself saw Wimbledon get off to the perfect start as Rebecca Carters cross was deflected in off a Cambridge defender to give the Dons the lead with less than 5 minutes on the clock. 5 minutes later Wimbledon doubled their lead with Rebecca Carter again involved as her shot hit the post before Emily Donovan scored the rebound. Just before the 30 minute mark it was 3-0 as Gloria Siber scored after a brilliant run beating several defenders in the process.
With the Dons 3-0 up at half time manager Kevin Foster took the opportunity to to make a double change with Amy Taylor coming on alongside Angel Fower who was making her farewell appearance for the Dons before going to America. Less than 5 minutes into the second half Wimbledon further extended their lead as Hannah Billingham scored an incredible lob from over 30 yards whilst close to the touchline. With 55 minutes on the clock the moment we had all been waiting for happened as Ashlee Hincks scored her 40th goal of the season in all competitions by scoring the Dons 5th goal of the afternoon. With 30 minutes left it was 6 as Emily Donovan converted from close range to get her second of the game. 10 minutes later Molly Childerhouse got in on the action scoring her first goal from the Dons with an excellent finish from close range. With 5 minutes left there was a fairy tale ending for Angel Fowler who scored an excellent header after a brilliant flick on by Amy Taylor to ensure Angel signed off from the Dons in perfect fashion.
As the final whistle blew with the Dons 8-0 up we had confirmation that Ashlee Hincks had won the league golden boot award adding to the club player of the year award she had won the previous day. There was also confirmation that Faye Baker had kept the most clean sheets in the league meaning she would have won the Golden Glove award.
El Sueno Tequila Player of the Match Emily Donovan said “We didn’t quite get the end to the season that we wanted obviously no lie we wanted promotion at the very start of this year but we finished off as strong as we could and that is testament to the group, the people behind the players and the whole set up at the club so we are happy to today.”
First team coach Andy May said “It’s a really pleasing positive result. We said earlier in the week we were going to take it seriously even though we know that promotion push is not there so it’s really pleasing because there are elements there that we have been working on for months and its really good to see them in that performance today so we finish on a high which is so important to us.”
Dons: 1. Lauren Allen, 28. Emily Oliver, 5. Kelly Highman (2. Angel Fowler), 8. Rebecca Sargent (34. Molly Childerhouse), 20. Hannah Billingham ©, 4. Steph Mann (17. Amy Taylor), 12. Megan Stow (10. Chloe Sampson), 16. Emily Donovan, 21. Gloria Siber, 9. Ashlee Hincks, 11. Rebecca Carter (3. Rosie Russell)
FAWNL PLATE FINAL:
WIMBLEDON 1-2 NOTTINGHAM FOREST
AFC Wimbledon came up just short against a strong Nottingham Forest side as we attempted to win the FAWNL Plate competition. After beating Norwich, Chesham, Portishead, Portsmouth and Sporting Khalsa just to reach the final we knew that the game against Forest who are a division above the Dons would be our toughest so far.
With the early kick off at Solihull Moors the Dons started the game strongly in front of a good sized crowd where despite the long journey Wimbledon fans heavily outnumbered Nottingham Forest and were making plenty of noise as we set out to make history. We came close to opening the scoring only 5 minutes into the game as a long range free-kick from Ashlee Hincks landed on the roof of the net. However it would be Nottinham Forest who took the lead in controversial circumstances. With Emily Donovan off the pitch after receiving treatment for extended period of time during witch Nottingham Forest took advantage of having the extra player and took the lead in the 11th minute. Despite the set back Wimbledon rallied and looked fo an equalizer however the Dons needed Faye Baker to make a couple of fantastic saves to keep the game alive and as the half went on Wimbledon began to find our feet. With 25 minutes gone we got our mutch deserved equalizer as Kelly Highman expertly headed home from an Ashlee Hincks free kick to ensure parity was restored. However less than 10 minutes later Forest were back in front after a stunning freekick left Faye Baker with no chance.
The second half saw Wimbledon push for an equalizer and despite piling on the pressure and making several attacking changes there was a feeling that perhaps it just wasn’t going to be the Dons day as we couldn’t quite convert a chance with substitute Gloria Siber coming closest however her shot went wide. There were worrying scenes in the closing minutes from the Dons as Katie Stanley was carried off the pitch after suffering a serious knee injury. The game finished 2-1 to Nottingham Forest and Wimbledon will perhaps feel unlucky not to have taken the game to penalties.
Wimbledon season is not over yet as we still have one more league game as we host Cambridge United at Carshalton Athletic on Sunday 1st May 2pm kickoff. Tickets are available on the gate priced at Adults £5 and U18’s Free. So come and cheer us on as we celebrate an historic season for the Dons and we look to sign off in style.
Dons captain Hannah Billingham said “I feel we had a good performance, especially in the second half, we could have got more from this game. So I am just gutted, few tears at the end there as it’s hard because we have done so well this season and we could have got more from that game.”
Dons Manager Kevin Foster said “Credit to Nottingham Forest, I thought they were excellent in the first half, they moved the ball well, played between lines and they got in between us. It’s frustrating because the first goal has come when we have had a player off the pitch for a minute and a half nearly when we were trying to get them back on so its frustrating on that point. In the second half we showed a bit of resilience, we could’ve had a couple and we’ve come back against an excellent Nottingham Forest side.”
Dons: 23. Faye Baker, 3. Rosie Russell, 5. Kelly Highman, 8. Rebecca Sargent, 20. Hannah Billingham ©, 4. Steph Mann, 12. Megan Stow (17. Amy Taylor), 16. Emily Donovan, 14. Katie Stanley (10. Chloe Sampson), 9. Ashlee Hincks, 11. Rebecca Carter (21. Gloria Siber)
Unused Subs: 1. Lauren Allen, 2. Angel Fowler
NORWICH CITY 1-0 WIMBLEDON
AFC Wimbledon suffered our first league defeat since August on Sunday as we slipped to a disappointing 1-0 defeat away to Norwich. Wimbledon went into the game without Kelly Highman, Steph Mann and Captain Hannah Billingham who were all unavailable however it presented the opportunity to Dons U23s players Remmi Gardner and Olivia Clement to potential make their league debut after being named on the subs bench.
The game itself got off to a scrappy start with both Faye Baker and the Norwich keeper being called into action in the first 10 minutes. However then it looked the like the Dons were starting to control the game even if we did lack the composure that’s normally a key part of our game. However then with 30 minutes gone Norwich took the lead with the ball being bundled past Faye Baker in the Dons goal. With Wimbledon lacking the clinical edge up front and snatching at several half chances we went into the break a goal down.
The second half followed much of the same fashion with Wimbledon taking shots from long range forcing the Norwich keeper into action however the Dons never really looked like scoring and the game ended goalless. There were positives for Wimbledon though as Remmi Gardner and Olivia Clement both came off the bench to make the league debuts for the Dons.
Next up for us is our FAWNL Plate Final against Nottingham Forest taking place on Sunday 24th with an 11 am kickoff. This game is being played at Solihull Moors and it would be incredible to have a massive crowd supporting us on the day.
Emily Donovan said “Credit to Norwich they did not give up, they pushed us hard and had a lot to play for today and ultimately they have gone and got it so credit to them.”
First team coach Andy May said “Firstly credit to Norwich, they came here with a game plan and a result that they needed and they have gone and got that result and made things difficult for us. At the same time that is not a performance that we are proud of, we didn’t do the basics that we look for, didn’t set the standards, the tempo or the intensity that we look for”
Dons: 23. Faye Baker, 3. Rosie Russel (7. Olivia Clement)l, 2. Angel Fowler (Molly Childerhouse), 8. Rebecca Sargent ©, 28. Emily Oliver, 12. Megan Stow, 16. Emily Donovan, 17. Amy Taylor, 9. Ashlee Hincks, 10. Chloe Sampson (14. Katie Stanley), 11. Rebecca Carter (Remmi Gardner)
Unused Subs: 1. Lauren Allen
WIMBLEDON 7-1 HARLOW TOWN
AFC Wimbledon signed off the final game at Plough Lane this season in style after an outstanding 7-1 win against Harlow Town. The Dons went into the game wanting to make a statement against a Harlow side that held us to a goaless draw in the reverse fixture only two weeks ago. Ashlee Hincks went into the game joint top of the league goalscoring charts adding extra incentive for Wimbledon.
The Dons got off to a flying start when Kelly Highman;s header flew into the back of the net with Ashlee Hincks claiming the assist with only 8 minutes on the clock. Having got the first goal early Wimbledon began to control the game and started to build pressure in the hunt for the second goal. With 25 minutes gone we got it in stunning fashion as Ashlee Hincks scored an incredible goal from 25 yards out. With the Dons 2-0 up Harlow began to have their best spell of the game as they searched for a much needed goal knowing that anything less than a win would confirm their relegation. Some fine saves from Lauren Allen in goal meant we were able to withstand their best spell of the first half. In the closing stages it was Wimbledon who looked the more likely to get the next goal with efforts from Megan Stow and Katie Stanley coming close and two headers from Rebecca Sargent which hit the bar however the score remained 2-0 at the break.
Wimbledon started the second half strongly knowing they needed to re assert their dominance and take control of the game once again. With only 7 second half minutes gone Ashlee Hincks got her second goal of the game as she cooly took the ball around the keeper before rolling it into the empty net. Less than 2 minutes later it was 4-0 to the Dons with Katie Stanley getting in on the action, Again with less than 2 minutes gone after the restart the Dons got another as Ashlee Hincks completed her hat-trick with a composed finish. The 10 minutes it took for the Dons to take the game from 2-0 to 5-0 delighted another impressive crowd and took the game beyond a spirited Harlow side who kept giving it their all and got their rewarded with a consolation goal just before the hour mark. Despite the setback Wimbledon kept their composure and began reasserting themselves and set out looking to dominate the remaining time. With 73 minutes gone we got our 6th of the afternoon and Ashlee Hincks her 4th with an amazing goal finished with a cheeky lob. With 10 minutes remaining Chloe Sampson got in on the act and completed the scoring as we finished 7-1 winners ensuring we finished our Plough Lane season with the same scoreline as we started it.
El Sueno Tequila player of the match Ashlee Hincks said “We had a bit of a disappointing result a couple of weeks ago to them so it was nice to finish the season at Plough Lane and get some goals in front of a crowd.”
Manager Kevin Foster said “Really enjoyable performance. The pleasing thing is that there were a number of attacking aspects that we worked on over the Tuesday and Thursday and it was nice to see them coming to fruition.”
Wimbledon play their final away league game next Sunday 10th April as we travel to Norwich City for the second time this season looking for a repeat of our 4-0 victory in the FAWNL Plate from earlier this season. Following this is our massive FAWNL Plate Final against Nottingham Forest which is being played at Solihull Moors with an 11am kickoff. We end the season against Cambridge United at Carshalton Athletic on the 1st May with a 2pm kickoff.
Dons: 1. Lauren Allen, 28. Emily Oliver, 5. Kelly Highman (2. Angel Fowler), 8. Rebecca Sargent (17. Amy Taylor), 20. Hannah Billinghman © (34. Molly Childerhouse), 4. Steph Mann (3. Rosie Russell), 12. Megan Stow, 16. Emily Donovan, 14. Katie Stanley (11. Rebecca Carter), 9. Ashlee Hincks, 10. Chloe Sampson
CAMBRIDGE UNITED 0-3 AFC WIMBLEDON
AFC Wimbledon extended their unbeaten league run 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 their being only one promotion spot from their league that promotion was no longer possible despite their brilliant run of form but with a cup final still to come in a couple of weeks wanted to continue their form.
Wimbledon were without Gloria Siber for the game against 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. With the Dons dominating the opening stage we were awarded a penalty and Cambridge were reduced to 10 players after 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 we doubled our lead thanks to an unlikely source with Steph Mann getting her first goal of the season from close range giving the Dons a 2-0 lead at half time.
In the second half Wimbledon continued their dominance and less than 5 minutes into the second half Megan Stow scored the Dons 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.
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 said “It was really pleasing Kevin 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”
Dons: 23. Faye Baker, 3. Rosie Russell, 5. Kelly Highman (2. Angel Fowler), 8. Rebecca Sargent, 20. Hannah Billingham ©, 4. Steph Mann (10. Chloe Sampson), 12. Megan Stow (28. Emily Oliver), 17. Amy Taylor (16. Emily Donovan), 14. Katie Stanley, 9. Ashlee Hincks, 11. Rebecca Carter
AFC WIMBLEDON 2-0 ACTONIANS
AFC Wimbledon Women got back to winning ways on Wednesday night under the lights at Plough Lane to extended our unbeaten league run to 7 months. We went into the game against Actonians on the back of consecutive goaless draws against league leaders Hashtag and on the road to Harlow. Having drawn in the reverse fixture at Actonians earlier this season we knew it was going to be a tough test.
The Dons had some positive news before the game as Ashlee Hincks was cleared to start the game having recovered from an injury that had kept her out of the side for the last couple of weeks. The first half saw both teams carrying attacking intent with some great link up play between the Dons front three of Ashlee Hincks, Chloe Sampson and Katie Stanley causing Actonians problems on a regular basis but Wimbledon needed some fine defending from Hannah Billingham and a good save from Faye Baker to ensure that it was goalless at Half time.
The second half started in much the same way with the Dons back 4 bing called on on a regular basis to keep the score level however as the half went on Wimbledon began to dominate. The Dons got their opening goal from a freekick about 25 yards out with who else but Ashlee Hincks putting Wimbledon in front. Ashlee doubled her tally in the closing minutes of the game as Actonians were caught on the counter attack. The brace from Ashlee means the Dons got all 3 points and moved her onto 37 goals this season in 28 games. The clean sheet our 7th in a row in the league means we still have the best defensive record in the league.
Wimbledon are back at Plough Lane on Sunday 10th of April with Harlow Town visiting with kickoff scheduled for 2pm. Keep your eyes on our social media for more information regarding tickets. Before this game the Dons are back on the road as we travel to Cambridge United on Sunday with the game due to be played at St Neots Town kicking off at 2pm.
El Sueno Tequila Player of the match Steph Mann said: We always knew it was going to be a physical game, it always is against Actonians but we came in with a game plan and we executed it perfectly.”
Manager Kevin Foster said: “Actonians are always a good side, they always make it difficult and credit to them they made it difficult today but I thought it was a very good professional performance. We stayed with it, dug it out and played some good football at times/”
Dons: 23. Faye Baker, 3. Rosie Russell, 5. Kelly Highman, 8. Rebecca Sargent (16. Emily Donovan), 20. Hannah Billngham ©, 4. Steph Mann, 12. Megan Stow, 17. Amy Taylor, 10. Chloe Sampson (21. Gloria Siber), 9. Ashlee Hincks, 14. Katie Stanley (11. Rebecca Carter)
Unused Subs: 1. Lauren Allen, 2. Angel Fowler
HARLOW TOWN 0-0 AFC WIMBLEDON
AFC Wimbledon were held to a 0-0 draw away to Harlow Town on Sunday. The Dons went into the game full of confidence after a performance to be proud of saw them draw with league leaders Hashtag last weekend despite illness severely depleting the Dons.
Wimbledon got off to a good start when Katie Stanley forced the keeper into action inside the first two minutes. The Harlow keeper was again forced into action a few minutes later as Angel Fowler got on the end of Megan Stow’s cross. The Dons continued to build on the early pressure as a fine move involving Kelly Highman and Katie Stanley before Jessica Lewry shot was deflected away by the Harlow keeper. However after a good first 20 minutes the Dons began to fade as the physical nature of the game began to take its toll as the first half ended goaless.
The second half was a disappointing one from the Dons as they never really got going again after the restart. The physical nature of the game was starting to make a bigger impact on both teams with Dons head of medical Steph Cantelo fresh from helping out with the men’s first team the day before being called on several times with multiple player struggling. The were some positives in the second half as Ashlee Hincks made her return from injury for the final 30 minutes after having a spell out injured for the last couple of weeks. As the game was coming to a close the Dons were forced to bring off Gloria Siber due to injury and the only unused sub was goalkeeper Lauren Allen meaning Lauren had to come on and play upfront for the final few minutes. The final chance of the game fell to Lauren but she was not able to get on to the end of Megan Stow’s cross.
Kelly Highman said “Really frustrating to be honest, you know we had quite a few chances today and to be fair to them so did they but we could have easily taken three points and we obviously didn't.”
Dons first team coach Andy May said “Difficult day in the office, we probably just… well theres no probably we were not at our best today. We created some good chances, good clear cut chances but it just felt like one of those days if I am being honest.”
Wimbledon are back in action at The Cherry Red Records Stadium Plough Lane under the lights on Wednesday with a 7.45pm kickoff. Tickets are available now via: https://tickets.afcwimbledon.ltd.uk/selection/event/seat?perfId=101630941850&ot=0>mStepTracking=true
AFC WIMBLEDON 0-0 HASHTAG UNITED
Wimbledon went into Sunday’s game against league Hashtag knowing realistically that a win was required to keep our chance of promotion alive but a draw would majorly derail the away teams chances of promotion. The Dons had less than ideal preparation for the game with a virus spreading through the camp in the days preceding the game meaning that several players went into the game at significantly less than 100%, Wimbledon were also without star striker Ashlee Hincks who was ruled out with a hamstring injury sustained in last weeks victory against Enfield at Plough Lane.
Hashtag United got off to a great start with Faye Baker producing a fine save to prevent the visitors from taking an early lead, the rest of the first half was a very physical affair with Dons physio Steph Cantelo being called into action on several occasions The second half was much more open with Gloria Siber having a lot of success including one incredible run starting inside her own half beating several players before having her shot saved by the keeper. Wimbledon kept building pressure and came close again when Rebecca Sargent's header from a corner went agonizingly over. With 30 minutes left on the clock Hashtag were reduced to 10 players as Cairns was given her marching orders by referee Lucy Clark after kicking out at Megan Stow off the ball. The Dons looked to keep building pressure with the visitors down to 10 players coming close to getting a deserved goal on several occasions with the best chance falling to Rebecca Carter whose chip landed on the roof of the net however the game ended 0-0. The result leaves the Dons 16 points behind the current league leaders however due to our success in cup competitions we do have 4 games in hand over Hashtag, The result has opened the door for Billericay to overtake Hashtag if they win their games in hand over Hashtag.
Elsewhere our U23 side played their final game of the season beating Crystal Palace U23s 4-2. As it stands the Dons are second in their league however other teams still have some games to play.
The El Sueno Tequila player of the match Kelly Highman said “It was a hard fought game and it felt like it lasted forever but we battled through it. It has been a tough week for us in terms of players that are available and players that are not feeling so great but we put in a performance today to make it a 0-0 and take 2 points off top of the league.”
Manager Kevin Foster said “It was a good point, We are proud of the girls, We have had an interesting 24/48 hours with a lot going on in terms of sickness and bits and pieces but proud of them. There are players playing at 60% health and fitness and they dug in deep and put in a shift and ultimately there is also that side of frustration where we probably missed three or four clear cut chances to win the game.”
Dons: 23. Faye Baker, 3. Rosie Russell, 5. Kelly Highman, 8. Rebecca Sargent (2. Angel Fowler), 20. Hannah Billingham ©, 4. Steph Mann (34. Molly Childerhouse), 17. Amy Taylor, 12. Megan Stow, 21. Gloria Siber, 77. Jessica Lewry (11. Rebecca Carter), 14. Katie Stanley (7. Lauren Pickett)
AFC WIMBLEDON 1-0 ENFIELD TOWN
The Dons returned to Plough Lane on Sunday after a spell away from our home ground due fixture congestion and the away FAWNL Plate Semi Final. We faced off against Enfield Town who gave us a tough test in the reverse fixture in January however we went into the game keen to extend our fine run of form which has seen us remain unbeaten in the league since August. Less than 10 minutes gone there were worrying signs for the Dons as Ashlee Hincks came off with an injury and was replaced by Jessica Lewry. Jess almost had an instant impact however her chip ended up on the roof of the net. The rest of the first half was a scrappy affair with neither team creating any clear cut chances.
The Dons thought they had yet again had a perfect start to the second half when Steph Mann had a shot from close range which was scrambled towards goal. The Dons, convinced they had taken the lead, started celebrating only for the referee to say it had not crossed the line. Despite being at the other end of the table to us, Enfield kept creating chances and forced Faye Baker into a fine save to keep the game goalless. 10 minutes into the second half Wimbledon took the lead thanks to an unlikely source as Dons captain Hannah Billingham fired an absolute rocket into the top corner with her weaker right foot. The rest of the game was low on chances as Wimbledon closed out a 1-0 win.
In their next game the Dons are back at Carshalton with league leaders Hashtag United visiting on Sunday 20th with a 2pm kickoff. We are next at Plough Lane on Wednesday 30th March with a 7.45 kickoff as Actonians visit.
First team coach Andy May said “It was a game more about our character and our personality, we had to work hard and dig in deep, we didn’t play the football that we know we can but once again its that character, that hunger, desire to want to win the game so theres pleasing stuff but theres also aspects that we need to look at to make sure the footballing standards are back to what we need.”
El Sueno Tequila player of the match Hannah Billingham said “It was a difficult game, credit to Enfield they came at us and made it hard. We know that ourselves we didn’t play as well as we could as well as we have in the past. Off the back of a good win last week we are a bit disappointed with our performance but three points is three points and that is all that matters really,”
23. Faye Baker, 3. Rosie Russell, 5. Kelly Highman, 8. Rebecca Sargent, 20. Hannah Billingham ©, 4. Steph Mann, 12. Megan Stow, 17. Amy Taylor (Molly Childerhouse), 14. Katie Stanley, 9. Ashlee Hincks (77. Jessica Lewry (10. Chloe Sampson), 11. Rebecca Carter (39. Gloria Siber)
SPORTING KHALSA 1-4 AFC WIMBLEDON
FAWNL PLATE SEMI FINAL
AFC Wimbledon made history on Sunday by reaching their first national final since being reformed. The journey in their FA Womens National League Plate competition has been a long one with the Dons have already beaten Norwich, Chesham, Portishead and Portsmouth so far this season in the competition and went into Sunday’s game knowing only Sporting Khalsa stood in the way of reaching their first national final since 1994.
With Plough Lane hosting the Super League Continental Cup Final on Saturday the Wimbledon players were guests at the game before making their way up to the team hotel just outside Wolverhampton. Despite the late arrival at the hotel the team left the hotel in good spirits determined to make more history in what has already been an historic season for the Dons.
The game itself got off to a scrappy start with Sporting Khalsa having the first chance as they were carrying a real threat from set pieces. On the 15th minute mark there was a lengthy delay after a collision between the Dons ‘keeper Lauren Allen and a Sporting Khalsa forward which forced the hosts into making a substitution thankfully Lauren was able to carry on. The rest of the first half had few clear cut chances for either side iin what was a very scrappy and physical first half.
However the second half was a different story and less than 60 seconds into the second half the Dons found themselves in front after Ashlee Hincks headed the Dons in front after some brilliant play from Katie Stanley out wide. Wimbledon doubled their lead on the hour mark as Katie Stanley finished from close range with Ashlee Hincks claiming the assist. With a little over 20 minutes remaining the Dons further extended their lead as Ashlee Hincks got her second and the Dons third goal of the game. With 15 minutes remaining the Dons went 4-0 up with Ashlee Hincks completing her hattrick and in the process scoring her 35th goal in only 27 games this season. Sporting Khalsa were able to get a consolation goal with 5 minutes remaining however the Dons stayed composed and ended up deserved 4-1 winners and booked their spot in the FAWNL Plate Final where they will face Nottingham Forest who beat Cheltenham Town 3-0 in the other semi final.
Before that though the Dons are back at Plough Lane tomorrow as we face Enfield Town with a 2pm kickoff. Tickets are now available via: https://tickets.afcwimbledon.ltd.uk/selection/event/seat?perfId=101585413271&ot=0>mStepTracking=true
Dons manager Kevin Foster said “In the first half we were not at our best. We made it quite scrappy and didn’t pass the ball as well as we could. We spoke to the players at half time and changed a few things in the way that we do this and to be fair in the second half they have taken on board a lot of what we said and that’s probably one of the best second half displays I’ve seen from us.”
Ashlee Hincks said: “It was a game of two halves, how we started the second half just put the game to bed early doors and from there we could enjoy the game a little bit more.”
Dons: 1. Lauren Allen, Rosie Russell. 5. Kelly Highman, 8. Rebecca Sargent, 20. Hannah Billingham ©, 4. Steph Mann (Angel Fowler), 16. Emily Donovan (10. Chloe Sampson), 17. Amy Taylor (77. Jess Lewry), 9. Ashlee Hincks, 14. Katie Stanley, 11. Rebecca Carter (39. Gloria Siber)
AFC WIMBLEDON 1-2 ASHFORD TOWN MIDDLESEX
AFC Wimbledon exited the Capital County Cup at the Quarter Final stage after a battling display was not enough to overcome Ashford Town Middlesex. The Dons went into the game knowing it was going to be a tough fixture with Ashford flying high having not lost a league game all season picking up 11 wins from their 13 league games so far and having beaten sides from the same level as Wimbledon and higher already this season.
The game started off as an end to end affair with both teams having opportunities to open the scoring inside the opening 10 minutes however a fantastic save by Lauren Allen in goal for the Dons and some brilliant defending from Ashford ensured neither team were able to capitalise on their early chances. However the Dons kept pushing forward in seach of the opening goal and were rewarded when in the 19th minute Wimbledon took the lead directly from corner with Ashlee Hincks celebrating her 32nd goal of the season. Ashford came back strong and started applying more and more pressure and 10 minutes later they got a deserved equaliser as the Dons were unable to clear their lines from a corner. As the half was drawing to a close Wimbledon started finding their way into the game again and came close to retaking the lead just before half time however Ashlee Hincks were denied her second of the game after a fine save from the Ashford Town keeper.
Ashford had a dream start to the second half as they took the lead with less than 5 minutes of the second half gone. After going behind the Dons started putting more pressure onto Ashford to try and get an equaliser however the next clear chance fell to Ashford who were only denied by another incredible save by Lauren Allen. The Dons went straight down the other end as Chloe Sampson was put through 1 on 1 with the keeper before she was brought down just outside the area for which the Dons were awarded a freekick. Ashlee Hincks hit the freekick and forced a great save from the Ashford keeper. The rest of the game had few chances for either side and Ashford were able to hold onto an impressive win.
El Sueno Tequila Player of the Match Lauren Allen said “Fair play to Ashford they came and we knew it was going to be a difficult game, we knew it was going to be challenging and they worked through and they deserved it but for us we can look at it and say it was not good enough, we go into training on tuesday and we’ll work hard and bounce back from it”
First team coach Andy May said “Difficult day at the office, we just did not reach the standards that we know we are capable of. Probably a bit of complacency sneaked in with the success we are having”
Wimbledon: 1. Lauren Allen, 28. Emily Oliver, 2. Angel Fowler, 5. Kelly Highman, 20. Hannah Billingham ©, 34. Molly Childerhouse (4. Steph Mann), 54. Amy Taylor (8. Rebecca Sargent), 12. Megan Stow, 7. Lauren Pickett (11. Rebecca Carter), 9. Ashlee Hincks, 10. Chloe Sampson
AFC WIMBLEDON 2-0 QPR
AFC Wimbledon extended their unbeaten run to 13 games with an incredible win under the lights at Plough Lane against a very well drilled QPR side. The Dons went into the game against a QPR side who were unbeaten in 2022 knowing a win was required to stay within touching distance of the top 2 as Hashtag and Billericay both had winnable games against London Seaward and Kent United respectively.
Wimbledon had the best of the early exchanges with Chloe Sampson and Katie Stanley linking up well either side of Ashlee Hincks who went into the game having scored her 30th goal of the season on Sunday. However despite some good build up play from the Dons a lack of quality in the final third lead to a scrappy first half and the half-time scoreline of 0-0 was a fair reflection of that.
The second half however was a different story with the Dons growing into the game and building more and more pressure in search of the opening goal. The feel of the game was very much of if the Dons got the first goal the game would open up allowing the Dons to increase their lead. The first clear chance of the second half fell to Chloe Sampson but her shot went just wide of the keepers left hand post. With 25 minutes remaining Molly Childerhouse replaced Chloe Sampson to add more steel into midfield to allow Megan Stow to play a more advanced role. As the Dons kept applying the pressure we kept getting closer and closer to the opening goal and came agonizing close with 15 minutes remaining as Rebecca Sargent got onto the end of an Ashlee Hincks corner however the header was just wide. With 10 minutes remaining it was looking like the Dons would not get the goal we so deserved. Until the ball fell to center back Kelly Highman just outside the QPR penalty area and what followed can only be described as a goal of the season contender as the ball flew into the keepers top right hand corner. After the Dons took the lead the game did open up and sure enough this favored the Dons as who else but Ashlee Hincks finished off a brilliant solo counter attack to double the Dons lead by scoring her 31st goal of the season in only 25 games as the game ended 2-0 to Wimbledon.
Wins elsewhere did not go the Dons way as Hashtag United and Billericay both won their games meaning the Dons still need them to slip up between now and the end of the season to have a chance of claiming the sole promotion spot to enter the 3rd tier of women’s football. With the FAWNL Plate Semi Final still to come it is sure to be an incredible end to the season for the Dons. Before all of that though the Dons are back in Capital County Cup action on Sunday as Ashford Town Middx face the Dons at Carshalton Athletic FC on Sunday.
El Sueno Tequila Player of the Match Megan Stow said “It was a tough game, the first 45 we were forcing a lot, didn’t take our time and they sat in and moved side to side but in the second half we picked up some momentum were more patient and ground out two goals, unbelievable finish from Kelly Highman it was goal of the season for me already and nice little one from Ashlee (Hincks) one on one with the goalkeeper so class all round that we kept going and were patient and got the win.”
Wimbledon manager Kevin Foster said “We were slow to start, to be fair to QPR they set up in a way to make it difficult for us to break them down and they did it really well. We had to stay patient and in the second half we started putting things a bit better and patterns started coming in a bit more and we started growing into the game and fortunately out of nowhere Kelly Highman has put one in the top corner which is unbelievable from her.”
Dons: 23. Faye Baker, 3. Rosie Russell, 5. Kelly Highman, 8. Rebecca Sargent, 20. Hannah Billingham ©, 4. Steph Mann, 16. Emily Donovan (53. Amy Taylor), 12. Megan Stow, 10. Chloe Sampson (34. Molly Childerhouse), 9. Ashlee Hincks, 14. Katie Stanley (7. Lauren Pickett)
Unused subs: 2. Angel Fowler, 28. Emily Oliver
AFC WIMBLEDON 2-0 STEVENAGE
The Dons ran out eventual winners at Carshalton Athletic on Sunday in a game which was overshadowed by a serious injury sustained by the Stevenage keeper in the first 10 minutes. The Don’s went into the game after last Sunday's incredible penalty shoot-out victory away to Portsmouth to secure our place in the semi final of the FAWNL Plate. With second place Billericay Town not playing today the Dons knew a victory would further close the gap to the top two.
The Dons got off to a perfect start when Katie Stanley opened the scoring after only 9 minutes. However whilst the Dons were celebrating the Stevenage keeper stayed down having sustained a shoulder injury in the process of attempting a save. There was then a 30 minute break in play whilst she received treatment before being transferred to hospital. When play restarted the rest of the first half was a scrappy affair with neither team having any clear cut chances.
In the second half the Dons started in a much stronger fashion and doubled their lead just before the hour mark as Ashlee Hincks continued her scoring streak. Wimbledon continued their dominance and kept searching for more goals. However a well disciplined Stevenage side dug in and made life difficult for the Dons and prevented us extending our advantage.
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El Sueno Tequila Player of The Match Angel Fowler said “The main thing was we got the win today, it was not our best performance either but we certainly played our game and did what we needed to do to get three points”
First team coach Andy May said “It was a difficult one to be fair looking back at it, we didn’t set our standards and the intensity we wanted to work at but at the end of the day it’s three points so it’s a pleasing thing but I think there is more from us than that performance today.”
Dons: 23. Faye Baker, 34. Molly Childerhouse, 2. Angel Fowler, 8. Rebecca Sargent, 20. Hannah Billingham ©, 4. Steph Mann (Rosie Russell), 16. Emily Donovan, 12. Megan Stow (28. Emily Oliver), 7. Lauren Pickett (10. Chloe Sampson), 9. Ashlee Hincks, 14. Katie Stanley (53. Amy Taylor)
PORTSMOUTH 3-3 DONS (DONS WIN 7-6 ON PENALTIES)
AFC Wimbledon progressed to semi final of the FAWNL Plate after an incredible penalty shoot-out victory over Portsmouth who are a division above the Dons at Havant and Waterlooville on Sunday.
The Dons went into the game looking to extend their unbeaten start to 2022 but knowing we would face our toughest test of the year so far. The Dons had a late fitness scare before the game as center back Kelly Highman required a late fitness test and was only declared fit to start less than an hour before kickoff. We started the game on the front foot showing incredible energy whilst pressing from the front applying constant pressure to Portsmouths back 3. Some nice neat passing created the first clear chance of the game but Emily Donovan shot went just wide of the right hand post. The Dons kept applying pressure and again came close to opening the scoring as Emily Donovan had a shot which skimmed the top of the bar just before half time however despite the dominance from the Dons it was goaless at half time.
The Dons continued the dominance in the opening stages of the second half and got their reward when who else but Ashlee Hincks gave the Dons a much deserved lead when she converted a fine cross from Katie Stanley. With the Dons keeping the press going a double change was needed to provide some fresh legs as Chloe Sampson and Lauren Pickett replaced Katie Stanley and Rebecca Carter. The change was nearly rewarded instantly as Lauren Pickett shot went agonizingly over when it looked destined to be going in. The Dons finally doubled their lead after 67 minutes as Emily Donovan got the goal she deserved with Ashlee Hincks getting the assist. However only 4 minutes after the Dons went 2-0 up Portsmouth were awarded a penalty after a challenge by Kelly Highman. However much to the relief of the Dons the resulting penalty was sent over the bar. With 15 minutes remaining the Dons made their third sub as Angel Fowler replaced Rebecca Sargent and with 10 minutes to go Emily Oliver replaced Megan Stow. With 2 minutes remaining Portsmouth got a goal back to ensure we were in for a nervy finish. Portsmouth scored an equalizer with the final kick of normal time which meant just like the previous round we were headed to extra time.
As we went into extra time the Dons needed a reaction after suffering heartbreak in the closing minutes of the second half. The opening minutes of extra time were cagey with neither side cutting out any clear chances. 10 minutes into extra time the Dons made our fifth and final change as Amy Taylor came on for her Dons debut replacing Emily Donovan. However right before the interval Portsmouth took the lead for the first time. The Dons however came out for the second half fighting with everything they had despite the obvious fatigue setting in. What followed was a spell of extended pressure as the Dons searched for the goal they so deserved to take the game to penalties. In the last minute of extra time we got just that as young right back Rosie Russell scored an incredible last gasp goal to ensure the game went to penalties which was the very least the Dons deserved as extra time ended with the score 3-3.
In the penalty shoot-out Amy Taylor took the first penalty for the Dons but her shot rocked the cross bar meaning Portsmouth had the chance to take the lead however Lauren Allen came to the Dons rescue with a fine save. Lauren Pickett stepped up next however her penalty was saved before Portsmouth scored theirs meaning the Dons trailed on penalties 1-0 after 2 takes each. Chloe Sampson was unable to beat the keeper meaning the Dons had missed their first 3 penalties making their task next to impossible. However Portsmouth hit the bar with their next penalty to keep the Dons hopes alive. Ashlee Hincks took the Dons 4th penalty and made no mistake to briefly level the scores before Portsmouth retook the lead with their very next penalty meaning they lead 2-1 after 4 penalties each. Despite the huge pressure Angel Fowler made no mistake from the spot to ensure Portsmouth had to score to win.The pressure was too much and the penalty was sent sailing over the bar to ensure it went to sudden death with the score at 3-3. What followed next was a string of successful penalties from both sides with Steph Mann, Hannah Billingham, Rosie Russell, Emily Oliver and Kelly Highman all scoring for the Dons. This meant Portsmouth had to score their 10th penalty to stay in the game however their penalty clipped the post and went away from goal meaning the Dons ended up winning 7-6 on penalties.
Lauren Allen, 3. Rosie Russell, 5. Kelly Highman, 8. Rebecca Sargent (2. Angel Fowler), 20. Hannah Billingham (C), 4. Steph Mann, 12. Megan Stow (28. Emily Oliver), 16. Emily Donovan (17. Amy Turner), 9. Ashlee Hincks, 14. Katie Stanley (7. Lauren Pickett), 11. Rebecca Carter (10. Chloe Sampson)
Next up the Dons are at Carshalton on Sunday 13th February before returning to Plough Lane on Wednesday 16th against QPR (Tickets on sale now via the QR code on the page)
AFC WIMBLEDON 5-0 CAMBRIDGE CITY
The Dons ran out comfortable winners thanks to a dominant display saw them win 5-0 against a decent Cambridge City side. All 5 of the Dons goals came before half time with Ashlee Hincks getting a hat-trick with Rebecca Carter and Katie Stanley also getting on the scoresheet. The Dons went into the game on the back of 3 consecutive away wins with the most recent being a victory at league leaders Hashtag United.
The Dons started the game which was played at Carshalton Athletic due to The Cherry Red Records Stadium Plough Lane being unavailable due to fixture congestion. The Dons got off to a dream start when Rebecca Carter gave the Dons the lead with only 7 minutes gone with a fine finish from a tight angle with the assistant referee confirming the ball had crossed the line despite the best effort of some Cambridge defenders. The Dons doubled our lead inside the first 20 minutes with an absolutely stunning freekick from Ashlee Hincks to get her first goal of the afternoon. Ashlee Hincks got her second and the Dons third with only 30 minutes gone with another finish from a tight angle with the Cambridge keeper unable to prevent the ball going in. Katie Stanley got in on the action less than 2 minutes later with another outstanding long range effort finding the top corner. An incredible effort from Ashlee Hincks right before half term completed her hat-trick and ensured the Dons went into the break 5-0 up.
The second half saw Cambridge come out with the intent of restoring some pride. The Dons did not really get going again after the restart whilst being 5-0 up. With neither team finding the net in the second half it ended with the Dons collecting all 3 points after another dominant display ensuring their unbeaten start to 2022 ensuring that our promotion chances remain alive.
Next up for the Dons is a trip to Havant and Waterlooville where we face Portsmouth on Sunday 6th February in the FAWNL plate. With the Dons having already beaten Norwich, Chesham and Portishead so far in this competition. A win for the Dons would put us into the semi final of a national competition.
The Dons are next at Plough Lane on Wednesday 16th February when we face QPR with a 7.45pm kickoff. This is in half term week and with no men’s game during that midweek it is a perfect opportunity to get behind us at Plough Lane under the lights. Scan the QR code on this page to get your tickets now.
The El Sueño Tequila player of the match Angel Fowler said “It was a massive win for us, we know we need to win every game between now and the end of the season. First half we we played really well, the second half could have been better but the main thing is we got the 5-0 win so it’s massive for us”
First team coach Andy May said “really dominant first 45 getting 5-0 up, really good display. It’s a bit different style of football from last week with a nice little pitch to play so we got it down and dictated the game and drove our standards and tempo, just need to create a little bit more of a ruthless edge in them. We created enough to create a little bit more and help bump our goal difference up.”
Dons: 23. Faye Baker, 3. Rosie Russell, 5. Kelly Highman (8. Rebecca Sargent), 2. Angel Fowler, 20 Hannah Billingham © (12. Megan Stow). 4. Steph Mann (28. Emily Oliver), 16. Emily Donovan (Chloe Sampson), 34. Molly Childerhouse, 9. Ashlee Hincks, 14. Katie Stanley (7. Lauren Pickett), 11. Rebecca Carter.
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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
LONDON SEAWARD 0-2 WIMBLEDON
The Dons extended the unbeaten league run to an incredible 9 games as they overcame a strong London Seaward side 2-0 at the Mile End Stadium thanks to a brace from Ashlee Hincks. The Dons went into the game on the back of a hard fought win at Enfield on Sunday knowing that with Hashtag and Billericay playing each other there was a chance to make up some ground on the top 2.
The Dons made a positive start to the game with wide players Chloe Sampson and Gloria Siber creating several half chances in the opening 10 minutes. The Dons kept applying the pressure and got their reward after 16 minutes as Gloria SIber was brought down inside the penalty area allowing Ashlee Hincks to open the scoring from the penalty spot. It was Ashlee’s 20th goal of the season after only 20 games. The Dons seemed determined to add to their positive start and kept creating half chances. Chances for Ashlee Hincks and Chloe Sampson came to nothing as London Seaward hung in to try and find their way into the game. Seaward improved as the first half went on and it was only some fine defending from Hannah Billingham that kept the Dons ahead. The Dons had another penalty appeal in the dying seconds of the first half however the referee waved off the Dons appeals after Gloria Siber was again brought down inside the penalty area.
The Dons had the dream start to the second half as Ashlee Hincks got her and the Dons second when she headed home from a pinpoint cross from Hannah Billingham less than 2 minutes into the second half. The rest of the half was a scrappy affair with the only highlights being a long range shot from Rosie Russell forcing the Seaward keeper into a fine save and at the other end Kelly Highman with some excellent defensive work to break up a threatening Seaward counter attack. Despite the difficult conditions the Dons kept going in search for a third keen not to repeat the mistakes of Sunday against Enfield where we sat deep and allowed them a route back into the game. However there were no further goals and the Dons ended with a much deserved 2-0 victory. Elsewhere Hashtag United remained top of the league after they held on to a home victory against second placed Billericay.
The Dons travel to Hashtag on Sunday for our third away game in 8 days as we look for a repeat of our win over Hashtag earlier this season in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup. The Dons will travel to Canvey Island knowing a win would take them even closer to the league winners whilst still having the home game against them to come and two games in hand.
Ashlee Hincks said “I thought we played some really good football. I think our performance against Enfield wasn’t anywhere near our best but we ground out the result but today for periods we really controlled the game, we got the ball down and played on a difficult pitch”
Dons coach Jacob Miller said “In the first half similar to last week we were very good and then in the second half we kept battling, kept plugging away and kept the clean sheet. 2-0 a good result”
Dons: Faye Baker, Rosie Russell, Kelly Highman, Rebecca Sargent (Angel Fowler), Hannah Billingham, Steph Mann (Molly Childerhouse), Emily Donovan, Megan Stow (Emily Oliver), Chloe Sampson (Rebecca Carter), Ashlee Hincks, Gloria Siber (Katie Stanley)
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