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Saturday 20 November 2004
Ryman League, Division One

AFC Wimbledon    2 - 0    Dulwich Hamlet
Ryan Gray (37)
Steve Gibson (83)
 Danny Naisbitt 1 Paul Seuke 
 Steve Gibson 2 Danny Twin ( 19) 
(sub 19)  Wes Goggin 3 Kemal Bulent 
 Michael Woolner 4 Gavin Dayes (sub 78) 
 Matt Everard 5 Thomas Ababio 
 Antony Howard 6 Julian Curnon 
 Robert Ursell 7 Alan McLeod 
( 23)  Chris Gell 8 Peter Garland 
 Martin Randall 9 Mischach Nugent 
(sub 57)  Leon McDowall 10 Emil Dushko (sub 65) 
(sub 85)  Gavin Bolger 11 Jason Turley 
(sub 19)  Ryan Gray 12 Terry Bowes 
 Paul Smith 13  
(sub 57)  Joe Sheerin 14 Kenny Beanley (sub 78) 
 Jay Conroy 15 Jemrmaine Adan 
(sub 85)  Gareth Graham 16 Wade Falana (sub 65) 
  17 Sebastion Schobure 

Match report

The English record-holders continued their league run by utterly dominating the match against Dulwich Hamlet and extending their own record to 77 unbeaten games with a win more comprehensive than the final 2-0 scoreline suggests.

Dave Anderson sent out the same starting XI as began at Horsham on Tuesday, with the returning Ryan Gray and Gareth Graham on the bench, along with part-time Womble Jay Conroy.

And Wimbledon exerted pressure from the start, with a couple of corners and some good wing play from Rob Ursell, but couldn?t carve out any clear chances. The early entertainment was provided by the portly figure of Peter Garland enjoying the serenade of ?He loves his pies? from the Main Stand and entering into an ill-advised series of stepovers before being dispossessed by Gavin Bolger.

Garland?s next contribution was to land on the luckless Wes Goggin, who was unable to continue after being sandwiched challenging for a header. Gray came on to replace him and immediately curled a low free-kick around the wall but straight at Seuke after Randall had been unceremoniously dumped on the floor by Twin.

Leon McDowell stormed into the box after a great pass from Gavin Bolger, but his cutback was blocked and eventually cleared after some penalty-area pinball.

The clearest chance came after 33 minutes as Ursell hoisted a freekick into the area. Randall headed it over Seuke, but it was headed off the line for a corner, which came to nothing. Randall then won a header but couldn?t collect the ball. As it bobbled on the edge of the box, Steve Gibson pulled the trigger on an absolute piledriver of a shot which rebounded off the post after the merest of touches by Seuke.

With Dulwich looking increasingly rattled, Gell was felled in the box as he attempted to control a high ball and a penalty was awarded. Ryan Gray stepped up to take it, but there was a lengthy delay after a spell of unseemly pushing and shoving. He kept his cool to fire it high and to the keeper?s left for 1-0.

Dulwich managed more attacks in the first five minutes of the second half than they had in the whole of the first period and McLeod fired over the bar after a low cross fizzed into the box.

Wimbledon then resumed control and Twin almost headed a cross into his own net as he conceded a corner. Joe Sheerin replaced Leon McDowall as the Dons once more enjoyed some excellent possession and strung together some flowing moves, but couldn?t find a second goal. Seuke blocked well from Ursell and Bolger headed over, while another round of penalty-area pinball ended in Bolger sending a shot high and wide.

Seuke struggled to hold a Gell shot from distance, but gathered before Randall could collect the rebound, and Gell then fizzed another shot wide after good work from Gray and Bolger. Wimbledon were enjoying all the possession, but the cushion of a second goal was proving elusive.

Ursell found Sheerin on the edge of the area and he forced Seuke into a smart save with a low shot, but Randall blazed the rebound over. Randall then seemed to be bundled over in the area but the referee was unmoved by appeals for a second penalty. Gray swapped passes with Sheerin but looped a shot just wide of Seuke's left-hand post.

Finally the second goal came with seven minutes remaining. Randall and Gell both had shots blocked, Gray crossed it back it, the ball was half cleared and Gibson pounded to unleash his second piledriver of the day, This time he was not to be denied as it rocketed into the bottom corner for his first goal of the season. ?We are invincible,? chanted the West Bank as Danny Naisbitt raced the length of the pitch to join the celebrations.

Gareth Graham came on for a late cameo on his return to the fold and the industrious (and seemingly fully fit) Sheerin shot just wide from an Ursell cross. Seuke saved well in injury time to deny Ursell, but the Dons closed the match out comfortably for another impressive win in front of a 3,000 crowd, including a visiting contingent of Luton Town fans.

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