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Monday 09 August 2004
Friendly - Senior

AFC Wimbledon    3 - 0    Ashford Town (Mx)
Gavin Bolger (19)
Richard Butler (55)
Joe Sheerin (87)
 Paul Smith 1 Tony Wells (sub 60) 
(sub 63)  Michael Woolner 2  
(sub 46)  Ryan Gray 3 Ryan Lake (sub 65) 
 Matt Everard 4 Russell Canderton 
(sub 85)  Steve Butler 5 Ben Whatford (sub 65) 
 Antony Howard 6 Lee Passmore 
(sub 66)  Andy Sullivan 7 Adam Foulser 
(sub 46)  Simon Bassey 8 Jim Hibburt 
(sub 80)  Richard Butler 9 Antony Eggington (sub 75) 
(sub 46)  Martin Randall 10 Andy Frost (sub 75) 
 Gavin Bolger 11 Paul Johnson 
(sub 63)  Steve Gibson 12 Steve Battams (sub 55) 
 Danny Naisbitt 13 Paul Burgess (sub 60) 
(sub 46)  Lewis Taylor 14 Jack McGinley (sub 65) 
(sub 66)  Robert Ursell 15 Billy Sentence (sub 75) 
(sub 46)  Gareth Graham 16 Clovis Thandi (sub 65) 
 Chris Gell 17 Leeyon Phelan (sub 75) 
(sub 46)  Joe Sheerin 18 Jamie Lee Smithers (shirt blank) 
(sub 80)  Jones Bamfo 19 Adie Tilner (shirt blank) 
 Jamie Taylor 20  
(sub 85)  Ken During 21  

Match report

Ashford Town (Middlesex), who will be playing as the same level as the Dons this season having been moved from the Isthmian League to the Doc Martens, arrived for this pre-season friendly with ex-Don Lee Passmore in their line-up and 45-minute-trialist Billy Sentence on the bench.

But Wimbledon controlled the game from start to finish, creating the vast majority of the chances, at times coming up against a tangerine and white wall on the edge of the visitors? penalty box.

With barely a minute played, Andy Sullivan ran on to a long ball and rounded the keeper, but the defender got back to block his shot. On 15 minutes, Richard Butler, captain for the night against his former team, collected a channel ball and his chipped cross took out the defence. Bolger headed goalwards and easily beat Wells, but watched his effort rebound off the far post when a goal seemed certain.

Four minutes later, the breakthrough came as Bolger found the net with a shot from inside the area. Sullivan then set Richard Butler away down the left-hand side of the area with a slide-rule pass, but his cross eluded everyone in the centre.

As half-time loomed, Richard Butler somehow slide in on a Woolner shot and sent it back across the right-hand post when it was easier to score, but his blushes were spared by the assistant referee?s flag for offside.

Bassey and Bolger battled well and Sullivan showed some deft touches, but with the incisive edge not quite at its most potent, 1-0 was a fair reflection of how the Dons used their dominance up to the break.

Joe Sheerin, Gareth Graham and Lewis Taylor entered the fray during the interval and at the start of the second half, Paul Smith was called into the action and came out to produce an excellent low block. He then saw a drive cannon clear off the woodwork.

Ashford looked much better in the second half, but it was the Dons who netted the second goal of the game when Graham sent Sheerin scampering away. His low cross was swept goalwards by Richard Butler and Wells was unable to keep it out as it squirmed in through his hands. Worse was to follow for Wells a minute later as he came out to claim the ball bravely from a lunging Sheerin. He collected it well, but Joe?s (legal) challenge left the keeper out cold. He was eventually carried off on a stretcher after a three minute delay.

And the game closed out with a final half-hour that shaped up to be almost comatose as the departed Wells. As he was transferred to hospital to have his concussion checked out, he didn?t miss much. There were a couple of half chances for the Dons, with Richard Butler having a header saved and Ursell sending a free-kick just wide.

But with two minutes remaining, the game was woken from its stupor by a piece of magic. Gibson sent over a deep cross and Sheerin swivelled to power a superb volley into the bottom corner. The game came to life for injury time, with Bamfo jinking his way through and winning a corner after a mazy run and Taylor seeing a blaster from outside the area deflected over.

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