Caz Bisson with the decisive goal
AFC Wimbledon Ladies maintained their revival with another goal from Caz Bisson earning a hard-fought win on Sunday against Bexhill United.
Bisson (pictured above), who struck four goals in the win at Hassocks, scored the decisive strike in a 3-2 home victory that was secured in a gritty style as Wimbledon finished the game with 10 players.
minute when Fay Denyer slotted the ball home to put Bexhill in front and the hosts had to withstand more pressure to stay in it. However, a superb volley from Vicky Petrova drew the Dons level and that was the catalyst for an excellent spell from Chris Lyons’ side before half-time.thWimbledon fell behind in the 10
Rebecca Sargent put Wimbledon in front with a lovely volley of her own and a minute before the break it was 3-1 when Clare Headley-Smith opened up the Bexhill defence and Bisson finished superbly.
The Dons had more of the possession and chances after the break and Petrova nearly added to her tally, but Bexhill brought on an extra midfielder just after the hour and that made them more competitive.
Wimbledon manager Lyons made two changes of his own as he replaced Clare Hedley-Smith and Fleur Robinson with Toni Jones-Leach and Jess Trimnell.
Trimnell almost made an immediate impact when she was denied by Bexhill goalkeeper Hayley Calder, but Wimbledon were made to sweat for victory after Petrova was shown a straight red card 15 minutes from time.
Just three minutes later and Bexhill reduced the arrears through Denyer and it got worse for Wimbledon when Trimnell had to be withdrawn through injury and she was replaced by Bianca Walker.
However, the Dons held on doggedly with six minutes of injury-time added on and victory means that Wimbledon occupy third spot in the London & South East Regional Women’s Premier Division. Having finished bottom of the table last season, it’s already shaping up to be a much-improved campaign after a summer overhaul from manager Chris Lyons.
Jordanne Hoesli-Atkins, Rebecca Sargent, Libby Suchley, Clare Hedley-Smith (Toni Jones-Leach), Caz Bisson, Vicky Petrova. AFC Wimbledon Ladies: Lianne Tylee, Fleur Robinson (Jess Trimnell, Bianca Walker), Sam Williams, Alysha Clements, Cindy Colliver,