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A first league defeat in over a year for AFC Wimbledon Women

A rare loss for the Dons

7 September 2023

Club News

A first league defeat in over a year for AFC Wimbledon Women

A rare loss for the Dons

7 September 2023

Two second-half goals condemned AFC Wimbledon Women to a first league defeat in 374 days.

Ashford Town earned a 2-0 victory in the match played at Carshalton Athletic last night, a disappointing outcome in Wimbledon's second league game of the season.

As Ellie Dorey picked up an injury to her shoulder in the game against QPR, manager Kevin Foster had to make one change to the starting line-up, with Sandra Soares Martins making her first competitive start for the side.

Ashford came firing out of the starting blocks, but it was Soares Martins who created the biggest issues on the pitch, continuously finding space between the defenders.

Aside from an offside goal by Soares Martins, Ashlee Hincks had the best chance of the first half when the Ashford keeper was forced to make an excellent save from a free kick.

At the start of the second half, captain Hannah Billingham was allowed lots of space on the left wing, firing off cross after cross into the box, but no one was able to finish off the moves.

Ten minutes into the second half, Ashford’s striker broke through Wimbledon's solid defensive line and fired off a volley which left goalkeeper Faye Baker with little chance to reach it.

At 1-0 down, the Dons piled on the pressure in search of an equaliser. But much to the frustration of the players, they were unable to find their way past the Ashford keeper.

Foster made three changes, with Emma Plewa, Chloe Sampson and Amy Taylor coming on. This gave the Dons additional energy going forward, but the Ashford defence left little room to get through.

With 85 minutes on the clock, Ashford scored a second. Wimbledon were unable to clear a free kick, and the ball was picked up just outside the box - a long range effort eventually finding its way into Baker’s top left corner.

Manager Kevin Foster said: "It was a frustrating game as we weren’t at our best. Fair play to Ashford who came with a good game plan and scored two very good goals, which made all the difference."

Player of the Match, Ashleigh Goddard, added: “We are disappointed with the result and it’s a feeling we don’t want to feel again. We will reflect on the game, learn from it and use it as motivation to push forward and improve. We are already looking forward to our cup game on Sunday.”

Next up for AFC Wimbledon Women is a trip to Swindon Town and their County Ground for a FA WNL Cup preliminary round game on Sunday 10 September. League action will resume on 17 September, when Chesham United visit the War Memorial Sports Ground.


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