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Captain Hannah leads the way to victory

Dons maintain promotion chase

14 March 2022

Hannah Billingham produced a finish worthy of winning any game to earn a hard-fought victory for our women’s first-team on Sunday.

Hannah struck an absolute rocket into the top corner with her weaker right foot, and her 55th minute goal was enough to secure a 1-0 win, despite losing Ashlee Hincks to injury after just 10 minutes. Kevin Foster’s side are third in the table with games in hand on leaders Hashtag United, so it’s still all to play for in the title chase for Wimbledon.

Yesterday’s match marked a welcome return to the Cherry Red Records Stadium after a spell of playing home matches at Carshalton. After a scrappy first-half, it appeared that Wimbledon had got off to the perfect start to the second-half when Steph Mann’s deflected shot seemed to cross the line, but the referee thought otherwise. However, there was not long to wait before Hannah’s decisive strike, and the Dons prevented Enfield from conjuring up an equaliser in a second-half of few chances.

First team coach Andy May said: “It was a game more about our character and our personality. We had to work hard and dig deep. We didn’t play the football we know we can, but once again we showed that character, hunger, and desire to win the game. There were pleasing elements, but also aspects that we need to look at to make sure the football is at the standard that we need.”

El Sueno Tequila player of the match Hannah Billingham said: “It was a difficult game, but credit to Enfield as they came at us and made it hard. Off the back of a good win last week, we are a bit disappointed with our performance, but three points is three points and that’s all that matters really.”

Next up for the Dons is Sunday’s vital clash versus Hashtag United (2.00 pm kick-off at Carshalton), and the next match for our women at the Cherry Red Records Stadium is on Wednesday 30 March (7.45 pm kick-off).

AFC Wimbledon: Faye Baker, Rosie Russell, Kelly Highman, Rebecca Sargent, Hannah Billingham, Steph Mann, Megan Stow, Amy Taylor (Molly Childerhouse), Katie Stanley, Ashlee Hincks (Jessica Lewry (Chloe Sampson), Rebecca Carter (Gloria Siber).

Pic credit: Glyn Roberts

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