Jess Trimnell earns player of the match award
AFC Wimbledon Ladies manager Chris Lyons hailed a “professional performance” from his side as they had to stay patient to make it 11 wins and a draw out of 12 league games this season.
On a difficult surface at Bexhill in blustery condition on the South Coast, the Dons earned a 3-0 victory with all the goals coming in the second-half.
Sian Wylie made the breakthrough with the other goals coming from Libby Suchley and Caz Bisson. Jess Trimnell (pictured) earned the player of the match award, voted for by the opposition.
In a tight first-half, most of the threat came from Wimbledon, but chances went begging with Jordanne Hoesli-Atkins just shooting over and then Rebecca Sargent was denied by the first of several fine saves by the Bexhill goalkeeper.
There was no doubting the quality of Wimbledon’s second though as Suchley smashed home a 30-yard stunner after a good pass from Zoe Clifford. However, the Dons never had to wait long to make the breakthrough after half-time with Sian Wylie on target. Whether it was a touch of genius or a little bit of luck, it didn’t matter as her deep delivery sailed over the Bexhill goalkeeper’s reach to make it 1-0.
There was still more to come from Wimbledon and it was a significant moment for last season’s top goalscorer Bisson as she notched her first competitive goal since returning from injury. Combining well with Wylie, Bisson rounded off the scoring with a clinical finish.
This was a professional performance from the Dons, as they patiently broke down the home side on a testing surface, and in difficult conditions. The Ladies next game is a 2pm KO, in a first versus second clash, as the Dons host Leyton Orient in their final game before the Christmas break.
This Sunday the Dons face their nearest challengers Leyton Orient at home (2.00 pm kick-off at Sutton United) with the visitors 11 points behind ahead of this game.
AFC Wimbledon Ladies: Salgado, Colliver, Clements, Houghton-North, Wylie (Mclaren 60), Trimnell, Suchley, Hoesli-Atkins (Bavington 67), Sargent (Wylie 77, repeated substitution), Clifford, Whelan (Bisson 57).