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Tuesday 03 August 2004
Friendly - Senior

Kingstonian    1 - 4    AFC Wimbledon
Matt Bradford (28)
  (02) Jamie Taylor
(84) Matt Everard
(85) Jamie Taylor
(90) Joe Sheerin
 Lance Key 1 Danny Naisbitt (sub 57) (sub 65) 
 Luke Ballbeck 2 Steve Gibson 
 Joe Frimpong 3 Ryan Gray ( 63) (sub 68) 
 Jermaine Hinds 4 Antony Howard 
 Matt Bradford 5 Matt Everard 
 Martyn Williams 6 Steve Butler 
 Liam Collins 7 Chris Gell 
 Matt Pattison 8 Gareth Graham (sub 58) 
 Greg Ball 9 Robert Ursell 
 Martyn Lee 10 Richard Butler (sub 65) 
 Bashiru Alimi 11 Jamie Taylor 
 Aaron Gilbert 12 Lewis Taylor 
 Barry Marchena 13 Paul Smith (sub 65) 
 Mazin Ahmad 14 Gavin Bolger (sub 58) 
 Anthony Savage 15 Joe Sheerin (sub 65) 
 Scott Steele 16 Darren Dobinson (sub 68) 
 An Unknown 17 Andy Sullivan 
 An Unknown 18  
 Ashley McDonald 19  

Match report

Two full-strength sides contested the annual Kingstonian-Wimbledon friendly, this year for the first time in memory of Trevor Jones, the popular K?s keeper who passed away last September.

And Wimbledon stormed out of the blocks to take the lead after just 75 seconds. Ryan Gray swung in an excellent cross which eluded the defence and Richard Butler headed goalwards unmarked at the back post. Key did well to block, but Jamie Taylor swept in the rebound.

Ursell curled an effort just over bar immediately afterwards as the Dons had the lion?s share of possession. Gell fired over after a one-two with Ursell and K?s were restricted to just a couple of early corners. But as the game wore on, Ks grew stronger and held on to the ball better than their visitors. Naibitt clawed a free-kick away from under his bar and some idiosyncratic refereeing kept the Dons penned in. On 28 minutes, Ryan Gray was penalised by the byline and from a looped freekick by Martyn Lee, Matt Bradford rose to head across Naisbitt and into the net for the equaliser.

Ks then fizzed a few dangerous crosses across Naisbitt?s goal without ever really threatening, while at the other end, Jamie Taylor couldn?t quite connect properly on an Ursell through ball and two neat passing movements foundered for want of a final ball. 1-1 seemed a fair reflection of the situation at the interval, but it only stayed that way thanks to a glaring miss by substitute Mazzine Ahmed in injury time.

The second-half was scrappy and fractious with few clear cut chances. The referee tried to liven up proceedings, adjudging a shot that struck Howard?s side from two yards to constitute handball and give the home side a penalty. Ryan Gray found his way into the book for dissent, but Naisbitt dived low to his right to save Steele?s effort. Ball then headed narrowly wide as Ks seemed the stronger side.

But in a reversal of the first half, it was the Dons who looked stronger as the second period wore on. Ursell?s skills continued to entertain and his free-kick found Steve Butler, whose header drew a one handed tip round the post from sub keeper Barry Marchena.

With full-time and penalties looming, Matt Everard jogged forward for an Ursell corner and sent a header that redefined looping in a graceful parabola over the keeper and into the far corner for 2-1 on 84 minutes.

Ursell slid Sheerin away immediately afterwards and Marchena came out to block well. A minute later, a poor crossfield ball by the K?s defence found Jamie Taylor in space and his shot squirmed under Marchena?s body for 3-1.

In injury time, Steve Gibson?s cross was backheeled into Joe Sheerin?s path by Jamie Taylor and Sheerin smashed it home for a flattering 4-1 final score.

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