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    MATCH REPORT
Saturday 25 September 2004
Ryman League, Division One

AFC Wimbledon    3 - 1    Hastings United
Richard Butler (63)
Joe Sheerin (65)
Martin Randall (90)
  (72) Sean Ray
 
 Danny Naisbitt 1 Greg Nessling 
 
 Steve Gibson 2 Jimmy Elford 
 
( 75)  Ryan Gray 3 Russell Eldridge 
 
 Antony Howard 4 Jon Wallis 
 
 Glenn Wilson 5 Peter Mortley 
 
 Jay Conroy 6 Sean Ray 
 
(sub 73)  Robert Ursell 7 Steve Ringwood 
 
 Chris Gell 8 Alan Tutton (sub 56) 
 
(sub 86)  Joe Sheerin 9 Dexley Fidyk (sub 84) 
 
(sub 90)  Richard Butler 10 Carl Rook 
 
 Jon-Barrie Bates 11 Ryan Peters 
 
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(sub 73)  Gavin Bolger 12 Peter Sayer (sub 84) 
 
 Paul Smith 13 Chris Honey 
 
 Nick Roddis 14 Steve Hafner (sub 56) 
 
(sub 86)  Jamie Taylor 15 Richard Bolton 
 
(sub 90)  Martin Randall 16 David Henham 
 

Match report

Memories of Leatherhead were banished as the Dons ran out 3 ? 1 winners to record their eight win of the season.

Goals from Richie Butler and Joe Sheerin had looked to be enough but a Sean Ray effort set up a nervy last 15 before substitute Martin Randall stooped low- very low ? to wrap up the points.

A lively first period from both sides offering hopes for a second half goal feast.

Visitors Hastings look vulnerable to high balls into the box but with Carl Rook and the pacey Dexley Fidyk - who only started due to first choice striker Chris Honey failing to negotiate the Kingston one-way-system ? leading the Hastings line with some panache, the game remains firmly in the balance.

Chris Gell was the man to go closest for the Dons twice denied by fine one handed saves from Greg Nessling in the curiously nicknamed U?s goal. First he saw his header clawed over the bar before Nessling went one better with an instinctive save to deny one of the Dons best performers. Fellow midfielder, Jon Barrie Bates also showing some nice touches following his selection ahead of Gavin Bolger.

Hastings best effort was a fierce shot from Alan Tutton that flew inches over the bar but with Antony Howard and Glenn Wilson particularly catching the eye, Danny Naisbitt?s goal was hardly threatened.
Butler escaped the attention of his marker to fire wide as the Dons began to up the pressure at the start of the second half. And with Sheerin starting to find space as the burgeoning new forward pairing begins to find it feet, the breakthrough appeared inevitable.

Suddenly the Meadow was rocking and on 62 minutes, the effervescent Richie Butler was set free by the golden feet of Robert Ursell, ignored his strike partner and fired home at the near post.

It was the same triumvirate that made the instant second as Ursell again finds Butler whose effort is parried only to the advancing Sheerin who chips home effortlessly from 22 yards to demonstrate his class yet again.

Memories of Leatherhead are immediately evoked as Sean Ray takes advantage of a static Dons defence to prod home a fine through ball from the Hastings captain Jimmy Elford.

But the Dons prove less brittle this week though and only the safe hands of the U?s keeper prevent Ryan Gray from adding to the tally as his free kick is tipped over for a Dons corner.

From the resulting corner, substitute Gavin Bolger is set up by Sheerin but his placed shot is easily taken by Nessling.

The final word is left to Randall who heads home at shin level to send the 2800 plus crowd home happy.

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