Match report by Sam Elliott.
Saturday saw another impressive Dons display, this time at the bizarrely names Leg O’Mutton Field as a well-beaten Cobham side were taken apart in a 5 star show.
It was AFC's thirst win on the bounce, and with five different players on the scoresheet, Terry Eames and supporters can afford a smile as they head into a fixture congested next few weeks. From the very beginning it was clear that the scoreline could be highly similar to that of when the sides met in October, but without Ally Russell the scorer of the clubs first ever hat-trick that afternoon in a 4-0 win, Boss Eames kept faith with the side that saw off Feltham the previous Saturday. Dave Towse kept his place at left back, and with the returning Keith Ward and Danny Oakins on the bench, the squad was looking more familiar. As early as the third minute Joe Sheerin rattled Cobham's post with goalkeeper Parkes well beaten. In truth, Wimbledon never looked like struggling in this match. With Sullivan and Sidwell running Cobham's defence ragged, it was al ways going to be a matter of when, not if the first goal was to arrive. After opening his Dons account against Feltham a week before, new signing and commanding centre back Matt Everard rose well to meet Sidwell's right wing cross, and the Dons were ahead on seven minutes. Even at this early stage of the match it was comfortable for the visitors. Frankum left his opposition midfielders for dead as he strolled through the midfield the whole afternoon. Bolger too was on top of his game, winning every battle in the middle of the pitch. It didn't take The Dons long to effectively put the game out of the reach of The Hammers. A delightfully cushioned Cooper knock back was headed into the net by captain Sheerin as the visitors took charge of the contest in difficult conditions. It wasn't all positives at half time though, as keeper Ray Merry was forced into two difficult saves to keep the advantage intact.
The second half was similar to the first. Wimbledon possibly should have scored more than they did, but would have been pleased to add three, whilst keeping another clean sheet in the process. The in-form Gavin Bolger scored his third goal in three matches to stretch the lead after yet more good build up play involving Cooper and Sheerin as he buried the ball pasted the overworked Parkes. The fourth wasn't far behind. More good passing play from the generous Cooper was rewarded with Andy Sullivan smashing the ball into the top corner minutes later, it was 4-0 and damage limitation time for disorganised Cobham. With an hour gone Sheerin was replaced and the game suddenly hit a lull. The game became untidy and passes were not finding their targets, it was clear AFC had taken their foot of the pedals, possibly with Wednesdays game against Ash United in mind. That was until our very own 'pocket Gazza' Noel Frankum added the fifth and final goal with what was a brilliantly taken lob over the stranded Cobham keeper to finish off an impressive display by the Dons. Frankum had scored the ninth goal AFC Wimbledon had put past the Surrey side in two matches. For another healthy crowd leaving the game, the question on everyone's lips was just when are we going to score more than five goals in a game? With more dominant performances like this one, it will surly be sooner rather than later that we manage a cricket scoreline in one of our matches.