Midfielders Anthony Wordsworth and Max Sanders both completed 45 minutes in our latest Central League Cup game at The Cherry Red Records Stadium this afternoon.
Sanders replaced Wordsworth for the start of the second half, in the final group game against Cambridge United which was settled by a Jordan Norville-Williams goal after the break.
Glyn Hodges watched on from the main stand and cast an eye over skipper Rod McDonald, Paul Kalambayi and Julien Lamy, who all completed 90 minutes. There was also 70 minutes for Adam Roscrow and Mitch Pinnock, who was the stand out Dons performer ahead of Saturday's trip to Doncaster.
It was Wimbledon who made all the early running with Pinnock a threat down the wing, whipping the ball into the penalty area.
The Dons dominated the first quarter of the game, but lacked the finishing touch in the final third. Neither keeper was tested in the first half, with the score goalless at the break.
Wimbledon aimed to give midfielder Max Sanders 45 minutes and he replaced Wordsworth for the start of the second half. Cambridge then had the best opportunity of the game to open the scoring, eight minutes after the restart, but Matthew Cox made a great save to deny the visitors from inside the area.
Five minutes later though Cambridge went in front. Despite calls for offside, the ball was floated across the goal and with Cox caught in no-man's land it was put in from a tight angle by Norville-Williams. This gave Cambridge the impetus to push on and create further chances.
With Pinnock and Roscrow having completed three quarters of the game, Mark Robinson gave opportunities to Jack Currie and Isaac Olanyian for the last twenty minutes.
Olanyian and Kwaku Frimpong combined to help set up Julien Lamy with ten minutes to go, but the Frenchman fired just wide of the upright.
There was another late opportunity for Frimpong, but Wimbledon were unable to find a way past Dimitar Mitov and Cambridge held on for victory.
AFC Wimbledon: Cox, Adjei-Hersey, Biler, Ogundere, McDonald, Kalambayi, Lamy, Frimpong, Wordsworth (Sanders), Roscrow (Olaniyan) and Pinnock (Currie).
Pic credit: Carlo Rossi.