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AFC WIMBLEDON 0 - 0 BILLERICAY

January 9, 2022

 

A determined performance from Wimbledon was enough to ensure that on a day history was made at The Cherry Red Records Stadium Plough Lane the points were shared with a strong Billericay side.


The Dons went into their first game of 2022 knowing that they could not have picked much tougher opposition for their first ever league game at Plough Lane against fellow promotion contenders Billericay. The Dons had the better of the early stages of the game as crosses from Rebbeca Carter and Hannah Billingham were unable to be met in front of goal. However in the 35th minute the referee awarded Billericay a controversial penalty decision after Steph Mann made a challenge in the area and appeared to win the ball. Thankfully Faye Baker came up with a brilliant save from the resulting penalty with Billericay hitting the post from the rebound. The Dons spurred on and ended the half strongly as an Ashlee Hincks freekick was deflected skimming the top of the bar as the first half drew to a close.

The Dons started the second half strongly with Emily Donovan coming close to opening the scoring 2 minutes into the second half but saw her lob shot land on the roof of the net. The Dons kept going with another Ashlee Hincks freekick giving the Billericay keeper a scare before ending up in the side netting. With 15 minutes to go the Dons made a double sub in attempt to try and capitalize on their dominant performance and to find the winning goal they deserved as Gloria Siber and Rebecca Carter were replaced by Chloe Sampson and Lauren Pickett. The return of Lauren Pickett was a welcome sight for the Dons as she returns after a lengthy period out due to injury. Lauren had an immediate impact as a near perfect pass to Ashlee Hincks who set up Emily Donovan who shot wide whilst under challenge. The Dons had a number of corners towards the end the pick of which resulted in a goal line clearance from Billericay however the Dons were not able to get the goal they so deserved and the game ended 0-0.


Our manager Kevin Foster said “I thought you saw the two best teams in the league today in terms of the quality, pace and athleticism of the game. It could have gone either way with chances at both ends but it was fantastic, entertaining game to watch”


Player of the Match Faye Baker said “It is a little bit frustrating and disappointing. It was a little bit cliche a game of two halves, they probably edged it in the first half with the better of the chances then in the last 15 we came on and had two or three really good chances to get a winner. It was a game for the neutral, it was very even across the pitch and a bit of a feisty affair, very end to end and fast paced”


Dons: 23. Faye Baker, 28. Emily Oliver, 20. Hannah Billinghamⓒ, 4. Steph Mann, 5. Kelly Highman, 8. Rebecca Sargent, 12. Megan Stow, 16. Emily Donovan, 9. Ashlee Hincks, 39. Gloria Siber, 11. Rebecca Carter


Subs:
75: 39, Chloe Sampson and 7. Lauren Pickett replace 39. Gloria Siber and 10. Chloe Sampson
Unused Subs:
2. Angel Fowler, 3. Rosie Russell, 34. Molly Childerhouse