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Thursday 22 July 2004
Friendly - Senior

Horsham YMCA    2 - 0    AFC Wimbledon
Nick Flint (24)
(sub 45)  James Plumley 1 Paul Smith 
(sub 61) (sub 45)  Matt Duffield 2 Lewis Taylor (sub 61) 
(sub 84) (sub 45)  Nathan Sleat 3 Darren Dobinson 
(sub 61)  Tim Brown 4 Stewart Ritchie (sub 45) (sub 80) 
(sub 70)  Tom Carter 5 Joe Clark 
(sub 70) (sub 45)  Ryan Andrews 6 Sam Elliott (sub 36) 
(sub 61) (sub 30)  Nick Flint 7 Seb Favata 
(sub 61)  James Grant 8 Gareth Graham (sub 72) 
(sub 61)  Ally Russell 9 Jamie Taylor (sub 45) (sub 72) 
 Ryan Westgate [15] 10 Jones Bamfo 
  11 Gavin Bolger 
(sub 35)  Gerry Bicknell 12 Chris Head (sub 36) 
(sub 45)  An Other 13 James Craig 
(sub 45)  Dean Carden 14 Ken During (sub 45) 
(sub 30)  Steve Davies [10] 15 Marc Skinner (sub 61) (sub 80) 
(sub 45)  Phil Fitzgerald 16 Richard Butler (sub 45) 
(sub 45)  Wayne Cotter 17  

Match report

An experimental Dons line-up went down 2-0 to Horsham YMCA, though there were several positives to take from the second-half performance. The 3-5-2 formation was retained, with youngster Sam Elliott partnered at the back by two trialists, Stewart Ritchie and Joe Clark.

Paul Smith was off his line well to claim in the first minute, with Bolger going close almost immediately at the other end. He then hit the woodwork and Lewis Taylor went close, while Horsham spurned a good opportunity firing wide of the near post from close range.

On 24 minutes the home side took the lead from the spot. Ex-Don Ally Russell played a chipped through ball and Smith ran out and brought the striker down. The Horsham number seven slotted the kick home to the keeper?s right.

After that Bamfo had two good chances, forcing one good save and dragging the other wide after a mazy run. At the other end, a slip by Ritchie let the attacker free but he blazed well over to leave the score 1-0 at half-time.

In the second half, Richard Butler returned from holiday to partner Bamfo up front, with Ken During on at the back. The Dons dominated the second period but were unable to find a way through. First Bolger drove just over, then Graham fizzed a free-kick onto the crossbar and the keeper came out well to deny Butler. Bamfo was crudely upended on the edge of the box after being pushed over, but somehow saw the freekick given against him.

A further poor challenge saw Lewis Taylor crudely upended, but the referee took no action against the culprit. Despite being in some discomfort, he sent a curling effort onto the crossbar before eventually limping off, to be replaced by Marc Skinner, who himself eventually limped out of the fray as well.

Jamie Taylor returned as the Dons tried to claw back level, but despite a couple of corners and further opportunities it was not to be, and it was Horsham who completed the scoring, as a diagonal through ball was steered home at the back post by an unmarked attacker, giving Smith no chance.

Team (3-5-2): Smith; Ritchie, Clark, Elliott; L Taylor, Favata, Graham, Bolger, Dobinson; J Taylor, Bamfo. Rolling subs: Head, During, Skinner, Butler.

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