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Ashlee strikes gold as Dons bid farewell to Katie

Our women's first-team end the season on a high

2 May 2022

Golden Boot winner Ashlee Hincks rounded off her goal-laden campaign by striking the 40 mark in a convincing win for our women on Sunday.

An emphatic 8-0 victory came after the Dons presented long-serving player Katie Stanley with a framed number 14 shirt to mark her retirement.

Cambridge were on the receiving end at Carshalton on Sunday as Kevin Foster's side hit the goal trail once again, finishing the season third in the Division One South East table.

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The game itself started perfectly from a Wimbledon perspective as Rebecca Carter's cross was deflected in off a Cambridge defender to give the Dons the lead with less than five minutes on the clock. The advantage was doubled when Carter's shot hit a post and Emily Donovan scored the rebound. Just before the 30-minute mark it was 3-0 as Gloria Siber netted after a brilliant run, beating several defenders in the process, before finishing clinically.

With the Dons three up at half-time, manager Kevin Foster took the opportunity to make a double change with Amy Taylor coming on alongside Angel Fower, who was making her farewell appearance for the Dons before going to America. Less than five minutes into the second-half, Wimbledon further extended the lead as Hannah Billingham scored an incredible lob from 30 yards, finding the back of the net from close to the touchline!

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With 55 minutes on the clock, Ashlee Hincks got in on the act, striking her 40th goal of the season in all competitions, a feat that deservedly earned her the golden boot. With 30 minutes left it was six as Emily Donovan converted from close range to get her second of the game.

It was seven when Molly Childerhouse scored her first goal for the Dons and there was still time for a fairytale ending for Angel Fowler, who headed home superbly to sign off with a bang.

As well as Ashlee Hincks winning the Golden Boot, there was a notable achievement at the other end too as goalkeeper Faye Baker kept the most clean sheets in the league to earn the Golden Gloves award.

First team coach Andy May said: "It was a really pleasing and positive performance. We said earlier in the week that we were going to take it seriously, even though we couldn't get promoted. There were elements that we had been working on for months, so it was really good to see them in that performance. We finished on a high, which was so important to us.”

AFC Wimbledon: Lauren Allen, Emily Oliver, Kelly Highman (Angel Fowler), Rebecca Sargent (Molly Childerhouse), Hannah Billingham, Steph Mann (Amy Taylor), Megan Stow (Chloe Sampson), Emily Donovan, Gloria Siber, Ashlee Hincks, Rebecca Carter (Rosie Russell).

Action pic: Glyn Roberts.

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