AFC Wimbledon’s unbeaten away record came to an end in disappointing fashion as Morecambe ran out as 4-1 winners.
A promising first 45 minutes had seen the two sides head in at 0-0 and with the Dons dominating the latter stages of the half, but things couldn’t have gone any worse when the match restarted.
Two goals in the space of five minutes saw the hosts streak into a commanding lead that was made even worse barely 10 minutes later as they made it three from the penalty spot.
Armani Little’s second goal of the season gave the Dons a glimmer of hope, but that was quickly dashed as Michael Mellon completed his hattrick for four.
It means Wimbledon have plenty of food for thought as we head towards a batch of home games at the start of November, with a good start key to getting back on track.
Johnnie Jackson made two changes to the team which lost 4-2 at home to Accrington Stanley as Omar Bugiel and Josh Neufville were restored to the starting 11 in place of Harry Pell and Connor Lemonheigh-Evans. Meanwhile, Aron Sasu was named amongst the substitutes.
A fast-paced opening 10 minutes brought about plenty of challenges in the midfield before we created our first opening of the game. The influential Ali Al-Hamadi burst down the right before seeing his cross drift just too far in front of the onrushing Bugiel and Neufville.
Joe Lewis came even closer to breaking the deadlock as his header missed the target from a well-delivered corner, with the centre-back appearing frustrated that he didn’t at least work the goalkeeper.
The assault on the Morecambe goal continued as Tilley cut inside the opposing full-back, forcing a great save from Adam Smith, before Al-Hamadi saw his effort somehow hacked clear off the goal line when he looked certain to score.
The scores were level at the break, but it didn’t stay that way for long as we began the second-half in poor fashion for the second game running. Mellon broke through for the Shrimps before rounding Alex Bass and finishing from an acute angle.
Things got even worse soon after as a mix-up between Bass and Lewis ended with the ball deflecting into our net off our defender to double Morecambe’s advantage. It was then three within the space of a few minutes as Mellon bagged his second from the penalty spot after Bugiel's late challenge in the box.
Al-Hamadi came close to reducing the deficit as he broke through but he couldn’t get adequate contact on the ball. Nevertheless, we did get a goal, with Armani Little bending an effort into the far corner from outside the box after a fine pass by Al-Hamadi.
Wimbledon began to press for a second with substitute Huseyin Biler seeing a goal bound effort deflected behind for a corner. Another of our substitutes also had an effort saved as Lemonheigh-Evans headed straight at the keeper.
Any hope of a resurgence was quickly distinguished as Mellon fired high into the net to claim a hat-trick with the Dons caught up field. It capped off a disastrous 45 minutes for our side on an afternoon to forget.
AFC Wimbledon: Alex Bass, Jake Reeves, Ryan Johnson, James Tilley, Ali Al-Hamadi, Josh Neufville (Connor Lemonheigh-Evans), Armani Little, Omar Bugiel (Josh Davison), Jack Currie, Joe Lewis, Isaac Ogundere (Huseyin Biler)
Attendance: 4,453 (356 away)
PIC: Paul Thompson (Pro Sports Images)