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Saturday 22 November 2003
FA Vase

AFC Wimbledon    3 - 0    Wootton Blue Cross
Kevin Cooper (28)
Gavin Bolger (47)
Matt Everard (83)
 Matt Martin 1 Alex Richwood 
 Steve Gibson 2 Ashley Hilton (sub 75) 
 Michael Harvey 3 Andy Carey 
 Danny Oakins 4 Andy Taylor 
 Matt Everard 5 John Cook 
(sub 74)  Lee Sidwell 6 Mattie Haullett 
 Seb Favata 7 Jason Mannion 
(sub 82)  Gavin Bolger 8 Derek Joswiak ( 2) (sub 63) 
 Joe Sheerin 9 Ben Chambers 
(sub 77)  Kevin Cooper 10 Keith Shaylan ( 62) 
 Ryan Gray 11 Clive Woodland ( 20) 
(sub 77)  Paul Scott 12 Alex Giscombe (sub 63) 
 Lewis Taylor 14 Steve Hall 
 Keith Ward 15 Paul Bryant 
(sub 74)  Darren Dobinson 16 Darren Green 
(sub 82)  Noel Frankum 17 Ricky Bulzis (sub 75) 

Match report

A comfortable 3-0 victory saw the Dons into the hat for the Third Round. 4-4-2 was once again the order of the day, with the centre-back paring of Matt Everard and Danny Oakins restored.

Wootton were guilty of some strong challenges as they attempted to get a grip on the game, the tone was set as Darek Joswiak was booked for a poor lunge on Lee Sidwell after just two minutes.

Sidwell headed over from Ryan Gray cross and Gray then hit the bar before Clive Woodland found his way into the referee's notebook for a terrible late tackle on Oakins.
The breakthrough came on 29 minutes. Seb Favata set Michael Harvey away down the left and he pulled it back to Cooper in the area. Cooper seemed to have an eternity to lift the ball over the keeper for the opening goal. Harvey earnt himself a lecture from the referee for his joyous run into the West Bank.

The driving rain made conditions difficult but the Dons continued to dominate up to-half-time, only an excellent goal-line clearance denying Matt Everard in the home side's clearest chance. At the other end, Matt Martin made a fine save and came out to clear on a couple of occasions to help see the score remain 1-0 at the interval.
The cushion of the second goal came three minutes after the restart. Gavin Bolger pounced on a blocked shot to drive home the rebound. Cooper and Gray went close as the Dons stayed in control of the game without carving out many more clear-cut chances. Cooper had a great chance to add to his headed goals tally but found the keeper from a Danny Oakins cross.

Darren Dobinson and Paul Scott came on for Sidwell and Cooper as the game drew to a satisfactory if unspectacular conclusion.

Scott ran on to a long ball from Martin almost immediately but shot straight at the keeper. On 83 minutes the third goal came courtesy of Matt Everard's head, making no mistake from close range at a corner.

The back four's organisation and the ease with which they contained Wootton was put into sharp focus by memories of Wednesday night's confusion, while Bolger and Joe Sheerin both ran tirelessly to stretch Wootton defensively. The sponsors' award went to Steve Gibson, but in truth this was a solid all-round team display which didn't allow tricky conditions to unsettle the Vase bandwagon.

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