Midfielder on his last-gasp winner
Tom Beere was relieved that he checked his mobile phone on Saturday after his late call-up ended with the best moment of his young career.
The 21-year-old midfielder came off the bench to strike his first goal for Wimbledon in dramatic circumstances, but he started Saturday out of the squad, before the coaching team decided that Connor Smith was not ready to step back in.
Speaking during a post-match interview for Dons Player, Beere said: “I had quite a few opportunities to score for the first-team, but it had not come off. In this match we would have taken anyone scoring as it was such a big game, but I’m thankful it was me and what a goal to get!
“I was just sitting at home with my girlfriend and I had my phone on charge upstairs. I had not seen my phone in ages so I checked it and I had missed calls from ‘Coxy’, ‘Bass’ and ‘Reevesy’. They just told me to get my stuff because I was in the squad and thankfully that paid off. I have to thank the manager for putting me on in such a tight game. He could have put on a more experienced pro like Rhys Murphy, but he went with me luckily!”
It had been a mixed season for Beere as he was loaned out to Hampton & Richmond Borough, but he ended up helping them to promotion and that provided a big lift.
my career so far.” “The staff here know what I can do, but maybe this season I have not proved it to them,” added Beere. “I have not come on as much as I should have, but the loan helped me. I had not played central midfield for that many games and when I went to Hampton it was in a competitive environment in a men’s league. It was great tonight for me and my family. It was the best moment in
The full interview with Tom is now on Dons Player, along with interviews with Jake Reeves and Neal Ardley. Extended highlights will be on our premium channel from 12 noon today.