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Lessons to learn for Dons

25 September 2013

Wimbledon young guns beaten at Orient

AFC Wimbledon Under-18s have been urged to learn from the experience of Saturday’s defeat at the hands of Leyton Orient.

says his side can bounce back and build on what had been a bright start to the season.David WalshThe young Dons were beaten 3-0 at Orient as they paid the price for failing to take their chances, but Assistant Manager

“We had been very pleased with the start to this season, but there are going to be highs and lows for the players,” David said. “Nine players out of our starting 11 were first-year Under-18s and they were up against a more experienced side on Saturday. The difference between the two sides was that they were more clinical. We have had very good performances this season, in particular at Peterborough and Watford. We have a young side and we will learn from the experience of Saturday.”

twice amost notched a late consolation.Chris Vleitinck almost getting one back with a header. However, Orient went 3-0 up with 15 minutes left and that’s the way it ended after Harlan Basker’s free-kick just missing the target and Ben Harrison (pictured) twice came close to scoring in the first-half at Orient, but the hosts broke the deadlock to earn a 1-0 lead at the break. It could also have been a different story after the break with Nas Majeed

Vleitinck received the man of the match award for a competent display at both full-back and in midfield.

The Dons are now ninth in the Football League Youth Alliance South-East Division with three wins out of six matches so far this season.

AFC Wimbledon: Billy Bishop, Chris Vleitinck, Taylor Roles, Ryan Sweeney, Ben Harrison, Dan Agyei, Dan Gallagher, Rob Switon (Egli Kaja), Billy Frost, Nas Majeed (Callum Wilson), Harlan Basker (Callum Overton).

.Under-21s   . We now also have regular updates on our development squad with match reports so far available by clicking on  Academy FocusAll of this season’s previous Under-18s match reports can be viewed in our section on the official website by clicking on 


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