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Chris hails top-3 finish

15 May 2017

AFC Wimbledon Ladies rounded off the season with an excellent performance by battling back to beat Champions Gillingham yesterday.

At 2-0 down to the FA Women's Premier League South East Division One title winners, the Dons Ladies had a mountain to climb.

However, Katie Stanley reduced the arrears before half-time and Yasmin Poole restored parity, before Rebecca Sargent (pictured heading home the winner) got on the end of a Sian Wylie corner to earn a 3-2 victory.

The final-day win at Sutton meant that AFC Wimbledon Ladies ended the season in third place, a fine achievement in the club's first campaign at the higher level.

Speaking afterwards, manager Chris Lyons said: "I thought we were superb and it was good to finish the season on a real high. Gillingham are a strong team and have done very well to win this league, but today was about who was better on the day. We finished with the three points and became the only team to beat them this season. Even though we created some good chances, they were a bit more clinical and led the first half 1-2 up. At half-time we spoke about finishing the season on a high and taking the game to them. We had to out-work them, be clinical, win our individual battles, and keep our momentum high. I thought we did that fantastically well. We created more chances than them, hitting the crossbar, and we well worthy of the 3-2 win.

"The players showed an enormous amount of character to come back from a two-goal deficit against such a strong team. For me, that shows the belief and confidence in this squad. Our work-rate was superb and we pressed them continually, never giving them a moment to rest on the ball. I was incredibly proud of everyone, including the players for today's performance and the way they've approached this season. All my staff have been equally superb, and I'm very grateful to the committee, sponsors and everyone at AFC Wimbledon that have supported us in so many ways this season. Next season we will push again and show that we're a real force in this league."

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