Our Under-18s produced an emphatic response to the challenge of taking charge of their own game – by recording a 6-0 victory!
Without manager Rob Tuvey or any academy coaches in the dug-out, it was left to captain Archie Procter and his team-mates to show leadership skills and take charge of match day responsibilities and they were certainly not found wanting.
Barnet were on the receiving end as they were hit for six at New Malden on Saturday with doubles from Zach Robinson and Ayoub Assal leading the charge.
The young Dons started in fluent fashion with Assal opening the scoring after a fine pass by Dylan Adjei-Hersey. After this, the player-led team didn’t hold back and got a well worked second just before half-time, set up by the overlapping Isaac Ogundere and finished off nicely by in-form striker Robinson. With continual aggression and structure, Wimbledon prevented the opposition from getting any shots in on goal during the rest of the first-half.
The first-half domination continued after the break and an own goal made it three after good work by Husuyin Biler. Assal added another, before Robinson made it five after nice play from Procter had set him up. Substitute Troy Chiabi rounded off the scoring with 10 minutes remaining and Wimbledon’s youngsters will be aiming to maintain their good run on Saturday when they take on Southend United in the Youth Alliance Cup.