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Saturday 07 August 2004
Friendly - Senior

AFC Wimbledon    3 - 0    Bognor Regis Town
Matt Everard (09)
Ryan Gray (82)
Robert Ursell (89)
 Danny Naisbitt 1 Craig Stoner 
 Ryan Gray 2 David Piper 
(sub 46)  Michael Woolner 3 Jody Rowlands 
(sub 46)  Antony Howard 4 Daniel Budd 
 Matt Everard 5 Guy Rutherford 
 Steve Butler 6 Kevin Murphy 
 Robert Ursell 7 Lou Savage 
 Chris Gell 8 Michael Birmingham 
(sub 46)  Joe Sheerin 9 Luke Nightingale 
 Jamie Taylor 10 Jamie Howell (sub 48) 
 Gareth Graham 11 Ben Watson (sub 59) 
(sub 46)  Steve Gibson 12 Simon Clayton (sub 48) 
 Paul Smith 13 Midi Dedegbe 
 Darren Dobinson 14  
(sub 46)  Gavin Bolger 15  
(sub 46)  Richard Butler 16  

Match report

The Dons were good value for a comfortable 3-0 win against Conference South Bognor Regis. Dave Anderson promised passing football from the visitors and they didn?t disappoint, stroking the ball around neatly and looking to build from the back.

But the Dons defended well and restricted Bognor to fizzing crosses into the box and some speculative final balls. When the home side had possession, crisp passing and some incisive through balls saw the best chances fall to the boys in blue.

Ursell produced a good save from Stoner, who palmed his low drive round the post after nine minutes for the first corner of the match.
Ryan Gray?s hard hit cross fizzed to the penalty spot, where Everard rose to head into the top corner, leaving the flat footed keeper no chance.

Ursell then produced a frankly sublime curling ball diagonally across the pitch which set Jamie Taylor away down the left wing. Sheerin beat the keeper to his dangerous cross, but couldn?t get his header past him. Gell tried to drive the rebound in but saw two efforts blocked.

Sheerin then received a lecture from the referee after a combative lunge at Stoner as the keeper came out to clear a through ball. Ursell drove a shot from the edge of the box wide.

With half-time looming, Bognor created their best chance of the first 45 minutes. Crisp one touch passing saw the ball teed up for Howell on the edge of the box and his goalbound effort was brilliantly tipped over by a flying full-stretch Naisbitt.

A triple substitution at half-time saw Richard Butler, Gavin Bolger and Steve Gibson enter the fray, with Chris Gell slotting into the back three to fill the place vacated by Antony Howard.

And Wimbledon were very unfortunate not to double their lead almost immediately. Ursell won the ball in midfield and slid an inch-perfect through ball into the box. Taylor nipped in front of his man, who went to ground and clearly upended him for a clear penalty, but as Taylor fell on the ball the referee contrived to give a freekick against the Dons player for handball.

Richard Butler was unlucky not to open his Dons account on the hour mark. Steve Gibson was teed up by an incisive pass from Bolger and drove a low cross across goal which eluded Taylor at the near post, but a sliding Butler couldn?t steer it goalwards behind him.

The last half-hour was played at a slower pace in the boiling hot conditions, but the home side notched up two further goals as the game drew to a close. With eight minutes remaining, Everard and Steve Butler cleared the ball and the Dons broke with devastating effect as Jamie Taylor laid the ball off to Gareth Graham. His delightful chipped ball over the top sent Gray clear, who steadied himself before hammering a low shot past Stoner for 2-0.

And then, with basically the last kick of the game, Ursell made it three. Jamie Taylor finished off an impressive afternoon by scampering down the right wing and sliding a pinpoint cross into the box. Ursell looked and paused for what seemed like an outrageous length of time before slotting a low drive into the bottom corner.

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