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Saturday 22 November 2008
FA Trophy

Worcester City    1 - 3    AFC Wimbledon
Craig Wilding (62)
  (05) Elliott Godfrey
(41) Belal Aiteouakrim
(68) Belal Aiteouakrim
 Danny McDonnell 1 Andy Little 
( 9)  Graham Ward 2 Ben Judge 
 Shabir Khan 3 Chris Hussey 
 Jon Richardson 4 Kennedy Adjei 
( 88)  Ollie Barnes 5 Jason Goodliffe 
 Gary Walker 6 Alan Inns ( 44) 
(sub 54)  Matt Dodd 7 Samuel Hatton 
 Dave Bampton 8 Tom Davis (sub 88) 
 Craig Wilding 9 Belal Aiteouakrim (sub 69) 
 Marco Adaggio 10 Elliott Godfrey ( 9) (sub 75) 
(sub 81)  Michael McGrath 11 Anthony Finn 
 Carl Heeley 12 Jake Leberl (sub 69) 
  13 James Pullen 
(sub 54)  Matt Dinsmore 14 Michael Haswell 
 Jordan Fitzpatrick 15 Luke Pigden (sub 88) 
(sub 81)  Jamie Price 16 Dean Mason (sub 75) 
 Rob Davies 17  

Match report

After the closing off of one road to Wembley following the Dons FA Cup exit to Wycombe, AFC Wimbledon have soon found another after an assured performance secured them a place in the draw for the 1st Round of the FA Trophy to be played on Saturday 13th December.

Manager Terry Brown was forced to make changes with regular first team strikers Jon Main and Danny Kedwell struck down with a virus and Luke Garrard was also missing from the usual line up. Nevertheless the Dons showed their intent from the start and opened the scoring after just five minutes.

A cross from the right found Sam Hatton but the midfielders's effort hit the crossbar, however the Dons were faster to react and Elliott Godfrey dived full length to head the ball into the empty net. Godfrey was again in the thick of things minutes later when the referee saw fit to book the Dons player along with Worcester's Graham Ward.

The Dons defence was well marshalled by the centre back pairing of Jason Goodliffe and Alan Inns, and as a result Worcester's only real efforts were long range shots that rarely troubled Andy Little. Infact the Dons looked the more likely scorers throughout the first half and after 19 minutes it looked as if they would extend their lead when a cross from Hatton was met by Belal Aiteouakrim, but the striker fired wide from eight yards.

However this was only a temporary delay and the Dons were soon two up. The second goal was owed largely to the efforts of Tony Finn, who proved yet again that he has the potential to destroy any team at this level. Finn chased back into his own half to win the ball back, exchanged passes before setting off on a fifty yard run up the left wing, which resulted in him cutting along the by line before picking out Aiteouakrim. Belal's first effort was blocked on the line, but he made no mistake when presented with a second opportunity.

On the brink of half time Inns became the second Dons player cautioned following a mistimed challenge, but the Dons went into the break, comfortably positioned, with keeper Little a spectator for long spells. Immediately after the interval Wimbledon went hunting a third goal and from a corner only an acrobatic save from Worcester keeper, McDonnell preventing Hatton from scoring.

It was against the run of play that Worcester pulled a goal back on 62 minutes. City's skipper Craig Wilding wriggled free inside the box, took advantage of the Dons failure to clear the ball, and calmly slotted it past Little's right hand into the net.

Rather than sitting back trying to defend their one goal lead, Wimbledon renewed their goalscoring efforts, and Finn forced the City keeper into a fine save. The same player then set up Aiteouakrim who fired over when he should have tested the keeper. Nevertheless the same two players carved out the Dons third goal minutes later.

A long ball found Finn whose ball skills mesmerised the home defence and bought him the time and space to pick out Aiteouakrim was a perfect cross, the striker bagged his second goal of the game, before sadly limping off to be replaced by Jake Leberl.

The last twenty minutes saw the Dons effectively play out time, and long before the end a steady stream of home supporters were heading towards the exit in the knowledge that their Wembley dreams were over for another year.

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