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Dons fans share a pitch with AFC Wimbledon’s prospects for the future

Young Dons start pre-season by taking on a team of fans

2 July 2018

The AFC Wimbledon Supporters team had an afternoon to remember in more ways than one when they took on the club’s Under-18s on Saturday.

In a much tougher test than what they are used to facing, as reflected in a 13-0 win for the Under-18s, supporters got to meet potential Wimbledon first teamers of the future and see their skills close up. It also served as preparation for the WorldNET Football Supporters Tournament, which takes place next weekend in Nottingham.

Player-manager Dan Stevens said: “It’s a good fitness exercise for us. We don’t get much of the ball at all and you kind of sit back in some cases and admire that the quality that the boys have. Our job is pretty much to fill the spaces and make it as difficult as we possibly can. At times we managed to do that, but there were a lot of times when their quality shone through and they worked some really good goals. We are off to Nottingham next week for a two-day tournament: we are going to go there, enjoy it, and go as far as we can.”

Academy Head of Football Mark Robinson said: “It is great for the boys to meet the fans, that’s always nice. We get plenty of the ball, but we have to keep our good habits and maintain the right mentality. Dan always tries to get his team to be organised and hard to break down. The boys have to be inventive, creative, and not give the ball away cheaply.”

To view a video interview with Dan and Mark, click on the link below.

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