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Top-of-the-table battle ends in stalemate

Dons denied all three points in key match at Carshalton

21 March 2022

Club News

Top-of-the-table battle ends in stalemate

Dons denied all three points in key match at Carshalton

21 March 2022

Our women’s first-team had to settle for a point in yesterday’s match versus league leaders Hashtag United.

The 0-0 draw at Carshalton leaves Kevin Foster’s side a total of 16 points behind, but with four games in hand, so still in with an outside chance of promotion.

The Dons had less than ideal preparation for the game with a virus spreading through the camp. That meant several players went into the game at significantly less than 100 per cent, and Wimbledon had to do without star striker Ashlee Hincks, who had sustained a hamstring injury last week.

The visitors got off to a great start and our keeper Faye Baker was forced into a fine save to prevent them taking the lead. In a very physical first-half, Dons physio Steph Cantelo was required on several occasions and chances were rare.

The second-half was much more open with Gloria Siber showing her quality on several occasions, including one incredible run that started inside her own half, before having her shot saved by the keeper. Wimbledon kept building pressure and came close again when Rebecca Sargent's header from a corner went agonisingly over the crossbar.

With 30 minutes left on the clock, Hashtag were reduced to 10 players as Cairns was given her marching orders by referee Lucy Clark after kicking out at Megan Stow off the ball. The Dons looked to keep building pressure and we came close to getting a deserved goal on several occasions. The best chance fell to Rebecca Carter, whose chip landed on the roof of the net, but there was to be no late winner.

El Sueno Tequila player of the match Kelly Highman said: “It was a hard fought game and it felt like it lasted forever, but we battled through it. It was a tough week for us in terms of players available and players not feeling so great, but we put in a performance to take a point against a team top of the league.”

AFC Wimbledon: Faye Baker, Rosie Russell, Kelly Highman, Rebecca Sargent (Angel Fowler), Hannah Billingham, Steph Mann, Amy Taylor, Megan Stow, Gloria Siber, Jessica Lewry (Rebecca Carter), Katie Stanley (Lauren Pickett).

Pic credit: Glyn Roberts.


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