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No unlucky 13 for in-form Dons

Wimbledon maintain title chase

17 February 2022

Club News

No unlucky 13 for in-form Dons

Wimbledon maintain title chase

17 February 2022

Our women’s first-team dazzled under the lights at Plough Lane last night as Kevin Foster’s side marched to yet another victory.

Late strikes by Kelly Highman – a goal of the season contender – and Ashlee Hincks secured a 2-0 victory versus QPR that made it six successive league wins and maintained the title chase for Wimbledon.

In addition, last night’s hard-fought win made it 13 matches unbeaten, as the Dons were rewarded for perseverance against the stubborn visitors at the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

Wimbledon had the best of the early exchanges with Chloe Sampson and Katie Stanley linking up well either side of Ashlee Hincks, who went into the game having scored her 30th goal of the season on Sunday. A lack of quality in the final third led to a scrappy first-half and the scoreline at the break of 0-0 was a fair reflection of that.

The second-half was a completely different story though. The Dons grew into the game, building more and more pressure in search of the opening goal. The first clear chance of the second-half fell to Chloe Sampson, but her shot went just wide. With 25 minutes remaining Molly Childerhouse replaced Chloe Sampson to add more steel into midfield, allowing Megan Stow to play a more advanced role.

As the Dons kept applying the pressure we edged closer to the opening goal and came agonisingly close with 15 minutes remaining. Rebecca Sargent got onto the end of an Ashlee Hincks corner, but the header was just wide. With 10 minutes remaining it appeared that a goal was going to elude Wimbledon, but Kelly Highman changed all that. The centre-back took aim from outside the area and let fly with a shot that flew into the top corner.

The opening goal meant that the game opened up as QPR chased an equaliser, and that led to Wimbledon doubling the advantage in style. Ashlee Hincks finished off a brilliant solo counter attack to double the lead, scoring her 31st goal of the season to seal the points.

With Hashtag United and Billericay both winning their games, the Dons still need them to slip up between now and the end of the season to have a chance of claiming the sole promotion spot into the third tier of women’s football.  The Dons are back in Capital County Cup action on Sunday as Ashford Town (Middesex) face the Dons at Carshalton Athletic FC on Sunday.

El Sueno Tequila Player of the Match Megan Stow said: “It was a tough game because in the first 45 we were forcing a lot. We didn’t take our time and they sat in, but in the second-half we picked up momentum. We were more patient and ground out two goals, including an unbelievable finish from Kelly. It was our goal of the season for me already, and there was a nice little one from Ashlee after a one on one with the goalkeeper. It was class all around because we had to stay patient to get the win.”

Dons: Faye Baker, Rosie Russell, Kelly Highman, Rebecca Sargent, Hannah Billingham, Steph Mann, Emily Donovan (53. Amy Taylor), 12. Megan Stow, 10. Chloe Sampson (34. Molly Childerhouse), 9. Ashlee Hincks, 14. Katie Stanley (7. Lauren Pickett).

Pic credit: Glyn Roberts.


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