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Dons impress in Sussex

5 August 2013

Callum Wilson shines for Under-18s

AFC Wimbledon Under-18s head into their competitive opener again Barnet this Saturday with renewed optimism after an encouraging display in defeat at East Preston.

took plenty of positives from the performance as his side pushed the Sussex League side’s seniors all the way on Saturday.Mark RobinsonWimbledon suffered a 3-2 loss, but Academy Manager

With East Preston fielding an experienced side and the club aiming to get into the Ryman League next season, it was a tough test for Robinson’s young team ahead of their first Football League Youth Alliance match.

(pictured) earning special praise for his performance at right-back.Callum Wilson to apply the finish. Though East Preston eventually struck a winner, it was a promising performance from the young Dons with right-back Dan Pearse set-up Harlen Basker had rattled the crossbar. East Preston were back in front just before the break, but the Dons levelled once again in the second-half after Tom Beere struck a first-half equaliser after Oluseyi DaleyHowever, the visitors more than held their own and

“The real positive from the performance was how well we dealt with the physical side of things against a very big adult side,” said Mark Robinson. “In the second-half our side consisted of nine 16-year-olds and Callum Wilson was particularly outstanding. The biggest negative was that we gave away cheap goals when we were in control. It was a good performance though against a first-team that hope to get into the Ryman League next season.”

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