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Saturday 15 January 2005
Ryman League, Division One

AFC Wimbledon    1 - 0    Bromley
Richard Butler (61)
 Jake Cole 1 Andy Walker 
 Jay Conroy 2 Greg Tiffin (sub 80) 
( 85)  Mark Jones 3 Sam Okafor 
( 86)  Gareth Graham 4 Steve Potterill 
 Steve Butler 5 Tutu Henriques 
 Antony Howard 6 Danny Carroll 
 Robert Ursell 7 Gary Dewett ( 44) 
 Michael Woolner 8 Adrian Stone 
 Richard Butler 9 Adolph Amoako 
(sub 46)  Martin Randall 10 Julian Curnow (sub 31) 
 Gavin Bolger 11 Colin Luckett 
 Julian Sills 12 Tom Stradwick (sub 31) ( 42) (sub 70) 
 Paul Smith 13  
(sub 46)  Leon McDowall 14 Mark Watson (sub 80) 
 Gary Prigent 15 Bernard Labadie 
 Andy Frost 16 Matt Kember 
  17 Solomon Taiwo (sub 70) 

Match report

The Dons bounced back from their midweek disappointment to defeat an enterprising Bromley side 1-0 at Kingsmeadow this afternoon.

The changes in the Dons? line-up continued, with both of Dave Anderson?s recent loan signings coming in from the start. QPR?s reserve keeper Jake Cole came in between the sticks and instantly looked confident, whilst Mark Jones, on loan from Staines, looked at ease at left full back.

Continuing in their 4-4-2 formation, the Dons had Michael Woolner in midfield for the suspended Jon-Barrie Bates, with Chris Gell still injured.

Bromley looked to take an early advantage, but Adolph Amoako could only shoot straight at keeper Cole on 8 minutes, as the visitors put the Dons under some early pressure via a series of long throws from captain Steve Potterill.

It was the tenth minute before Martin Randall managed the Dons? first effort on goal, but the much traveled striker could only direct his snap short straight at Bromley keeper Andy Walker.

20 minutes had passed without much incident before Cole showed exactly Anderson has recruited him and why QPR rate him so highly. Bromley wingback Okafor was first to a loose ball and sent in a blistering half volley through a crowded penalty area, which Cole parried wide.

Despite both Anthony Howard and Steve Butler looking confident under Bromley?s long balls, the visitors once again went close to scoring on 28 minutes. Bromley?s Adrian Stone controlled a bouncing ball well, stepped inside and should have scored but he was only able to direct his left foot shot wide.

With the Dons looking comfortable with the 4-4-2 formation, the half ended with them in the ascendancy. Michael Woolner looked a revelation in his improvised position of central midfield, with the Ravens? Stradwick and Drewett booked for fouling him.

With Leon McDowell on for the injured Randall at half time, the Dons began the second period driving forward through the Bromley midfield.

Throughout the whole of the second half, there was really only one team looking likely to break the deadlock, as the Dons swarmed towards the West Bank which Bromley were defending.

On 48 minutes Rob Ursell had the crowd on their feet as he launched a storming run from inside his half to the edge of the Bromley area, only for keeper Andy Walker to fly to his right and save.

Bromley looked timid in midfield and very square at the back, as a 3 man Dons move from half way ended with another Ursell effort just wide of the target.
As the hour mark approached, the chances began to mount up for the Dons, without the elusive first goal coming. Woolner went close twice from close range as all the play was compressed into the visitor?s penalty area.

Finally the Dons got the deserved breakthrough after 62 minutes. Anthony Howard?s strong clearance from inside his own half saw Richard Butler harrying the Bromley back line, forcing Walker to parry his right foot shot. Fortunately the ball came back to Butler to force the ball home and provoke widespread glee from players and fans alike.

This advantage was well deserved for the home side, with Woolner and Gareth Graham in complete control in midfield.

As the Dons looked likely to kill the game off, Walker managed to foil Bolger?s shot with his legs and Bromley were again fortunate to survive a goalmouth scramble, as Richard Butler could only force his shot wide.

Despite Graham and debutant Jones being booked for late infringements, the Dons were able to see out the 4 minutes of injury time to clinch a well deserved victory.

Bromley ? sixth at the start of play ? were vanquished in some style by a Dons side playing with refreshing balance and confidence.

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