The Dons march through in emphatic style
Wimbledon cruised into the Surrey Senior Cup second round tonight with George Oakley helping himself to an impressive double.
It was a good night all round for Wimbledon with a convincing 4-0 result in their favour and several young prospects catching the eye. Oakley (pictured) produced two clinical finishes and Tom Beere also showed his potential with a fine goal just three days after being an unused substitute for Saturday’s first-team fixture against Northampton. Will Antwi and Rhys Weston also pressed their claims for recalls with assured performances at the back.
minute. It was a fine goal in its execution too as Chace Jacquart pounced on a loose ball and released George Oakley, who produced a superb lob over Arjuna Adlam.thWimbledon’s youthful side made a bright start against Combined Counties Premier side Badshot Lea and they were rewarded with the opening goal in the 10
There did follow a response from the hosts though at the Shawfield Stadium and Darren Blake showed his threat with a shot from an acute angle that just missed the far post. However, Wimbledon had vast experience at the heart of their defence with Antwi and Weston providing a solid backbone on the rare occasions when the visitors were troubled.
minute. Fayers was the instigator as he found space on the left and sent over a deep cross from the left that fell nicely for Tom Beere. There was still a lot of work to do for Beere, but he controlled the ball perfectly with his first touch and then fired home emphatically past Adlam.thWith Jacquart and Dan Pearse spraying the ball around effectively in midfield, Wimbledon established early supremacy and they doubled their advantage in the 25
The Dons had certainly done what was expected from them in the first-half as they dominated the match and Seb Brown was completely untroubled in goal.
minute. Will Nightingale, this week deployed in a central midfield role after a commanding performance at the back for Wimbledon’s Under-21s last week, broke free down the left and sent over a teasing cross that Oakley met with a perfect first-time finish. At this stage, it appeared to be a case of how many for Wimbledon as they looked capable of opening up the hosts at will.thWimbledon wasted no time pressing home their advantage in the second-half and it was 3-0 in the 49
minute after improving his match fitness and Weston was also taken off 10 minutes later.thThe hosts deserved credit for refusing to buckle though and they threatened to pull one back when Blake made space for himself and fired just wide from outside the box. Harry Cooksley almost made it four though when he forced Adlam into an excellent save. Antwi was withdrawn in the 67
There was better still to come from Wimbledon with their substitutes breathing new life into the match and Nas Majeed made an instant impression with a fine strike to put the icing on the cake.
It had been a more than useful workout for Wimbledon as their youngsters earned another opportunity to impress the watching Neal Ardley once again in the next round against Carshalton Athletic or Whyteleafe.
AFC Wimbledon: Seb Brown, Kieron Tarbie, Charlie Fayers, Chace Jacquart, Will Antwi (Oluseyi Daley), Rhys Weston (Dan Gallagher), Will Nightingale, Harry Cooksley, Tom Beere, George Oakley (Nas Majeed), Dan Pearse.