Our women’s first-team suffered a rare defeat yesterday after in-form striker Ashlee Hincks had netted her 32nd goal of the season.
Kevin Foster’s side had their 13-match unbeaten run ended with a 2-1 loss to Ashford Town (Middlesex) in the Capital Women’s County Cup quarter-final.
The Dons went into the game knowing it was going to be a tough fixture with Ashford flying high in their league – unbeaten all season – and having beaten sides from the same level as Wimbledon and higher.
And so it proved as Ashford started well, forcing Dons keeper Lauren Allen to make a fantastic save. The Dons took the lead though in the 19th minute when Ashlee Hincks scored direct from a corner. In the match played at Carshalton, visitors Ashford stormed back and earned a deserved equaliser, before their goalkeeper made a fine save to stop Hincks from putting the Dons back in front.
Ashford had a dream start to the second-half as they took the lead with less than five minutes gone after the restart. The Dons responded by exerting more pressure, but Allen was required to made another superb save to keep the hosts in it. Though a free-kick by Hincks was well saved by the Ashford keeper, the visitors held on for an impressive victory.
El Sueno Tequila Player of the Match Lauren Allen said: “Fair play to Ashford. We knew it was going to be a difficult game, and a real challenge for us. They deserved it, but from our perspective it was not good enough. We will go into training on Tuesday and we’ll work hard to bounce back from it.”
Wimbledon: Lauren Allen, Emily Oliver, Angel Fowler, Kelly Highman, Hannah Billingham, Molly Childerhouse (Steph Mann), Amy Taylor (Rebecca Sargent), Megan Stow, Lauren Pickett (Rebecca Carter), Ashlee Hincks, Chloe Sampson.
Pic credit: Glyn Roberts.