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Saturday 13 November 2004
Ryman League, Division One

Bromley    1 - 1    AFC Wimbledon
Adolph Amoako (16)
  (32) Robert Ursell
 Andy Walker 1 Danny Naisbitt 
 Steve Potterill 2 Michael Woolner 
 Sam Okafor 3 Ryan Gray (sub 21) 
(sub 49) ( 35) ( 35)  Paul Kember 4 Antony Howard 
 Colin Luckett 5 Matt Everard 
 Danny Arkwright 6 Steve Gibson 
( 24)  Gary Drewett 7 Robert Ursell ( 24) 
 Turu Henriques 8 Gavin Bolger 
(sub 75)  Leroy Huggins 9 Richard Butler (sub 88) 
 Adolph Amoako 10 Martin Randall 
(sub 65)  Scott Bennetts 11 Chris Gell ( 35) 
 Tom Stradwick 12 Jon-Barrie Bates 
  13 Paul Smith 
(sub 65)  Solomon Taiwo 14 Leon McDowall (sub 88) 
(sub 75)  Mark Watson 15 Joe Sheerin 
 Matt Kember 16 Wes Goggin (sub 21) 
(sub 49)  Gavin Rose 17  

Match report

(Note: Kember was only booked once. Sorry for the confusion!)

The Dons went to Bromley in search of a new English record for an unbeaten league run and got it thanks to a Rob Ursell wonderstrike in a 1-1 draw. But Bromley pushed Wimbledon to the end in an exciting and tempestuous match.

Micky Woolner continued in the back three, with Antony Howard returning for the injured Steve Butler.

The first chance fell to the home side as Amoako headed over from a corner. It took the Dons five minutes to mount their first attack as Richard Butler and Martin Randall broke, but a good tackle denied Butler. Gray?s corner was cleared to the edge of the box and Robert Ursell?s shot was only palmed away by Walker. Butler hooked it back across goal but Randall?s header was blocked.

A mix-up at the other end nearly let Bromley in as a Howard backpass eluded Naisbitt, but the skipper scrambled back to hack it away before Amaoko could pounce. Bromley then almost broke the deadlock in an equally unfortunate fashion as a defender nearly hammered the ball into his own net as he tried to knock an Ursell cross behind. Walker claimed Gray?s corner from under the bar.

The Dons were then forced to play with ten men for some time as Ryan Gray went down with a cut chin. And while he was off the field, Bromley took the lead. Another corner was swung in close to the Dons goal and Amoako snuck in front of Naisbitt to nod it home. Gray was unable to continue and Wes Goggin came on in his place to make his first team debut.

Ursell was upended by a crude hack from Drewett as he looked to get a shot in and both he and the Bromley man were booked, Ursell for prodding his opposite number in the chest angrily.

Goggin and Ursell combined to set up an almighty goalmouth scramble, in which one goalbound effort hit Randall in the back and Goggin?s eventual shot was blocked and hacked away. Steve Gibson then won the ball well in defence and sent a ball over the top of the defence. Walker raced out to clear the ball just in front of Butler.

Having teased and tormented with a trick or two, Rob Ursell decided it was time to level the scores. Collecting the ball just outside the left-hand edge of the area he shrugged off an attempted lunge from Drewett and curled the ball into the top right corner with a quite sublime strike. As the crowd behind the goal went mad, the players rushed to mob the scorer for yet another exquisite goal.

Chris Gell was then booked for a two-footed tackle on the halfway line, with Paul Kember also shown the yellow card for his part in an unseemly melee that followed.

Huggins then pulled off a great turn in the Wimbledon area but sent his shot straight at Naisbitt. Both sides looked more than capable of finding a second goal as the game developed in an end-to-end fashion.

Gavin Bolger stormed forward on a break that was only ended as he was kicked into the air by Arkwright. The freekick was given but bafflingly no card was shown.

The second half started with the Dons in the ascendancy. Howard and Everard both headed over from Ursell freekicks. Butler tried to slide Goggin free as he ran into the box and the ball was knocked behind for the second corner of the half. But Everard headed over from close range when you?d have put your house on him to score. From the next corner, Howard popped up to head just over again.

Bromley still looked threatening with pace on the break but were unable to carve out any early chances of their own. Drewett found himself in plenty of space in the inside left channel but his cross was headed away by Bolger. Naisbitt then raced out to punch the ball clear off Bennett?s head.

Bromley enjoyed a lengthy spell of possessional superiority but Wimbledon weathered the storm well as the second half meandered along in a scrappy fashion. Then Randall sent a shot well wide from distance and Butler blazed over from just inside the box for the Dons. The referee allowed some hard Bromley challenges to go unpunished and also turned a blind eye to what looked a clear handball by Okafor.

A freekick on the edge of the box gave Bromley a chance on goal, but Rose?s effort was easily held by Naisbitt.

At the other end, Bolger exchanged a good one-two with Butler but sent his shot horribly wide. Woolner, Gibson and Randall combined with some quick low passing, but Gibson?s eventual cross was blocked. Bolger then won the ball on the halfway line and sent it up the channel for Butler, who was fouled by Potterill. Ursell?s freekick was headed away as the Dons enjoyed the better of the last ten minutes.

Randall then won a flick-on which sent Butler away but he was crowded out before he could get a shot in. Butler returned the favour shortly afterwards with a low pass. Randall broke into the box and went down under pressure from Luckett but the referee and linesman remained unmoved by his appeals for a penalty.

And 1-1 remained the final score, which sees AFC Wimbledon enter the record books for the longest unbeaten league run in English football.

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