Season 2004-2005
League Matches

Click to see big picture (1024x768 pixels; 139 KB)) Saturday 7th May 2005
AFC Wimbledon
Res
3-1 Molesey Res

Team : Josh Lennie, Jones Bamfo, Charlie Bunce, Ken During, Jon Boswell, Simon Bassey (46), Tom Flynn, Steve Tyson, Mark King (83), Robert Ursell, Noel Frankum (68)

Subs Used : Ryan O'Sullivan (46), Daniel Llewellyn (68), Niall Connery (83)

Subs Not used : Daniel Lynn, Jamie King

Goalscorers v Molesey : Mark King (11), Jones Bamfo (38), Robert Ursell (45)

Click to see big picture (1024x768 pixels; 105 KB)) Saturday 7th May 2005
AFC Wimbledon Res 2-0 Chipstead Re

Team : Josh Lennie, Jones Bamfo, Antony Myers, Ken During, Jon Boswell, Simon Bassey, Noel Frankum (75), Daniel Llewellyn, Mark King (60), Leon McDowall, Liam Hirrel (64)

Subs : Niall Connery (60), Jamie King (64), Steve Tyson (75)

Goalscorers v Chipstead : Antony Myers (23), Sam Dugdale (41) og

Testimonial Match

Click to see big picture (1024x768 pixels; 171 KB)) Thursday 5th May 2005
Testimonial match at Staines for Joe O'Shea
Staines Town 6-1 AFC Wimbledon

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Ryan Gray, Richard Gell, Jon Boswell, Steve Gibson, Mark Cooper, Gavin Bolger, Robert Ursell, Michael Woolner, Shane Smeltz, Mark King

Subs : Jon-Barrie Bates, Chris Gell, Charlie Bunce, Richard Butler, Martin Randall

Goalscorer : Martin Randell (80)

Against : ??????

Attendance : 130

Cup Final

Click to see big picture (1024x768 pixels; 111 KB)) Tuesday 3rd May 2005
Surrey Senior Cup Final
AFC Wimbledon 2-1
Walton & Hersham

Well Done Dons Double Winner Again.

Match report to follow....

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Antony Howard, Ryan Gray, Jon-Barrie Bates (112), Steve Gibson (46), Mark Cooper, Robert Ursell, Michael Woolner ,Richard Butler, Shane Smeltz, Chris Gell

Subs Used : Steve Butler (46), Gavin Bolger (112)

Subs Not Used : Martin Randall, Leon McDowall, Sonny Farr

Goalscorers : Shane Smeltz (14), Richard Butler (99)

Goals Against : Neil Lampton (36)

Attendance : 3,809

League Match

Click to see big picture (1024x768 pixels; 121 KB)) Saturday 30th April 2005
Burgess Hill 1-3 AFC Wimbledon

Planes, trains, automobiles, topless double decker buses in fancy dress and last but not least walked the 45miles to it you name it the Dons arrived at Burgess Hill by it, well OK no one turned up on an elephant or camel but there was one on an emu.

The game was played in a party atmosphere, you know where the host welcome everyone, then all the guest spread out around the house, but most end up in the kitchen or in our case the clubhouse.

With the cup final only three days away, Mr. Anderson decide to to rest a few key players Rob Ursell & Shane Smeltz were not in the team and Danny Naisbitt, Michael Woolner, Steve Butler & Ryan Gray where all on the bench, this did give Matt Martin a start, along with reserves/U18's Charlie Bunce, Jon Boswell and Mark King.

Homer and the Burgess Hill supporters where again tucked away in the left top corner of the stand (why its call a stand when people sit in it still confuses me) and once again were in good voice and the sun was out in force.

The game was played at a steady pass, the 1st goal came thirty six minutes in Mark Cooper on the halfway line launched a high ball that found Antony Howard on the edge of the Burgess Hill box, he brought the ball down and hit the ball firm and straight across the area and into the opposite top corner of the net.

Five minutes into the second half saw the Dons double the lead, Richard Butler work an opening on the edge of the box an struck the ball high pass the keeper only to see it hit the underside of the crossbar and bounce out, lucky Martin Randall was on hand at the back of the goal and had a simple tap in.

Burgess Hill keep pressing forward and finally got a goal back when on seventy five minutes Nick Sullivan sent in a high cross from the touchline that curled downward and into the far top corner over the head of a scrambling Matt Martin.

Before Burgess could mount a challenge for an equalizer the Dons had once again opened up a two goal lead, Leon McDowall one a challenge and headed the ball onto to Gavin Bolger who took the ball into the box and slide the ball low across goal into the bottom corner of the net for his 1st goal of the season, which lead to the entire team including subs & management chased him into the corner of the pitch and pile on top of him, that explains the rugby scrum picture above then.

And so ends another league season, just a little matter of a cup final then the long wait for pre season.

Team : Matt Martin, Antony Howard (60), Charlie Bunce, Jon-Barrie Bates (46), Mark Cooper, Jon Boswell, Richard Butler (50), Gavin Bolger, Martin Randall, Mark King, Chris Gell

Subs Used : Michael Woolner (46), Ryan Gray (60), Leon McDowall (sub 50)

Subs Not Used : Steve Butler, Danny Naisbitt

Goalscorers :Antony Howard (36), Martin Randall (50). Gavin Bolger (79)

Goals Against : Nick Sullivan (75)

Attendance : 2,005

Cup Final

Sunday 24th April 2005
Surrey Woman's Cup Final
@ Horley Town
AFC Wimbledon Ladies 2-1 Chelsea Ladies

Well Done to the Ladies who beat Chelsea in the Surrey Woman's Cup Final 2-1, both the Dons goals were scores by the inspirational captain Maria Bertelli, who had to leave for the airport in Sweden about 4am to get to the game on time, Mazza's 1st goal came in the 1st half after the Dons had already missed a handful of chances, the ball dropped nicely for Mazza in the box and she slotted the ball pass the Chelsea keeper and celebrated in style with a cartwheel.

The Dons totally dominated Chelsea in the 1st half playing some fine passing football and Chelsea only chances came from corners that where easy dealt with.

In the second half the game became more physical as Chelsea looked to get back level and tried without much luck to shake the Dons up with some heavy tackles, but the ladies just stuck to their guns and played football.

The second goal was a goal worthy of winning any cup final Mazza hit the ball from way outside the box across the area and the ball dipped into the far top corner of the net out of the reach of the Chelsea keeper.

Chelsea made a late surge to get back into the game and score after Lou Cooper made her only mistake of the game and dropped a cross (Danny Naisbitt style) and Chelsea only had to tapped the ball in to an empty net.

It was too little to late for Chelsea, but did make for a nail biting last ten minutes or so with injury time as the Ladies held the League Champions at bay and went on to win the cup.

Team : Lou Cooper, Natalie Barette, Maria Bertelli, Vicki Elcome, Jo Goodwin, Carly Hunt, Gemma Hunt, Andrea McGrady, Keisha Ramos, Danielle Rebelo, Michelle Riley, Beth Sims, Laura Smith and Terri Warren.

Goalscorers : Maria Bertelli (13,77)

Goal against : (87)

Pictures

League Match

Click to see big picture (1024x768 pixels; 84 KB)) Saturday 23rd April 2005
AFC Wimbledon 3-0 Cray Wanderers

The final game of the season saw the Dons play some lovely football, score three goals and of course take sweet revenge over the team that stop our unbeaten run Cray Wanderers.

For the forth home game in a row the Dons scored in under ten minutes, Michael Woolner turned his marker in the center circle and volleyed the ball forward and Rob Ursell burst past the Cray defenders and headed after the ball which dropped just in on the edge of the area, with both Rob and the keeper heading towards the ball in was Rob who managed to get a foot to the ball and knock it pass the keeper who carried on through Rob bring him down for a penalty.

Lucky for the keeper the ball was heading away from goal so he stayed on the pitch, but was unable to stop the perfectly taken spot kick by Ryan Gray, the keeper did the usual arm waving and bouncing then set off to his left along his line as Ryan dispatched the ball to his left bottom corner.

Cray came close to pulling level with about half an hour on the clock, but Jon-Barrie Bates made a last minutes tackle as the Cray player was about to stick the ball.

The Dons second goal came on thirty eight minutes once again Rob Ursell found himself heading into the box this time with the ball at his feet and only the keeper to get pass, the keeper stood tall, but Rob just turned him this way then that before sliding the ball into the center of the six yard box, where Shane Smeltz held off two players and poke the ball into the back of the net pass the keeper who was scrambling back into the goal.

A long range freekick was tipped over by Danny Naisbitt as Cray tried to get back into the game, but on sixty eight minutes Richard Butler with the help of the keeper finished the game off with the Dons third goal.

Sonny Farr picked the ball up just inside our half an ran straight down the middle of the pitch about halfway to goal he was tackled by two Cray players, the 1st knocked the ball onto the other and the loose ball fell to Ryan Gray who continued with the ball down the left side to the byline before sending a low ball into the box where Richard Butler was on hand to send the ball goalwards, the keeper managed to deflect the ball upwards and over his own head and as he went to claim the ball on the line he some how allowed the ball to slip through his hands and over the line.

Three more points towar...opps forgot (not) we don't need any more points as we are the champions already plus last home game equals party and awards for players of the year step forward Richard Butler, Junior Dons' Player of the Year, WUP Young Player of the Year, WISA Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year and our Top Goalscorer to boot.

Joe Paris won Reserves' Player of the Year and Bradley Drake won the Under-18s Player of the Year.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Antony Howard (76), Ryan Gray, Chris Gell, Steve Butler, Mark Cooper, Robert Ursell, Jon-Barrie Bates, Shane Smeltz (55) , Gavin Bolger (55), Michael Woolner

Subs Used : Richard Butler (55) , Sonny Farr (55) , Steve Gibson (76)

Subs Not Used : Matt Martin, Leon McDowall

Goalscorers : Ryan Gray (7), Shane Smeltz (38), Richard Butler (68)

Goals Against : N/A

Attendance : 3,358

League Match

Click to see big picture (1024x768 pixels; 62 KB)) Saturday 16th April 2005
Tooting & Mitcham 1-1 AFC Wimbledon

The Champions came to Imperial Fields and as in the reverse match at Kingsmeadow had to come from behind late on to scrape out a draw against a tough Tooting & Mitcham side.

With T&M still looking for a play off place this was never going to be an easy match, for a packed ground there wasn't much atmosphere and the game didn't help both side where slow to start and apart from a couple of patches here and there stayed at that speed.

T&M keeper had a bit of luck when he went after the ball to the side of the box and clearly gathered the ball up not just on the line but clearly half his body length outside the box, which went unnoticed by the ref or lino and could have been sent off.

Just pass the half hour T&M took the lead, Bolger gave away a foul and from the resulting freekick the ball was swung in low, a group of three players two T&M and one dons went for the ball but all failed to make contact with the ball and this seem to put Danny Naisbitt off as he also completely missed the ball as it hit the back of the net.

The Dons looked more like Champions in the second half, but still struggled with the final balls into the box and with twenty minutes left T&M could have doubled the lead again from a freekick, if the T&M player who had rose unmarked at the back had not headed the ball over from six yards out.

Then with just ten minutes on the clock the Dons equalized with an identical goal, Michael Woolners freekick was hit high the box and Steve Butler and the keeper went for the low ball, Steve stuck his leg out but missed the ball and in doing so deceived the keeper who could only watch as he hit the ground the ball hit the underside of the bar and bounce over the line.

Both teams had late chances to win, but the final score was one all, which points wise made no deference to us, but did mean that T&M could not make the play offs as results elsewhere had gone against them.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Cooper, Chris Gell, Steve Butler, Antony Howard, Robert Ursell, Jon-Barrie Bates, Shane Smeltz, Leon McDowall (74) , Gavin Bolger (70)

Subs Used : Michael Woolner (70), Mark King (74)

Subs Not Used : Matt Martin, Steve Gibson, Ryan Gray

Goalscorers :Michael Woolner (80)

Goals Against : Matt Howard (34)

Attendance : 2,637

League Match

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Saturday
9th April 2005
AFC Wimbledon v Met Police

Two players returned to the Kingsmeadow field today, firstly with Paul Smith out for the rest of the season Danny Naisbitt returned from loan to step into the number one jersey once again and the second was the goal machine that is Kevin Cooper who has been through three teams this season, but eventually had to return to face us and was given the warm welcome he deserved.

The game got underway and within minutes of the kickoff the Dons had the ball in the back of the net, but somehow Shane Smeltz had played himself into an offside position and the goal was ruled offside, never mind because with eight minutes gone Shane made sure with his next attempt after receiving the ball from Lewis Hamilton he on the edge his 1st shot was blocked, so he turned and hit a low ball with his left foot instead which flow low through the crowded box into the bottom right corner of the net to give the Dons the lead.

The Met then had a couple of chance themselves which lead to some nail biting goal line clearances, Coops who was having a very quite game finally had a shot on goal from a freekick just outside the box, but the Dons defence stood strong and Coops hit the ball into the wall and the Dons went in at half time one up.

In the second half up the Dons went out looking for a second goal up front Leon McDowall was chasing every loose ball and causing the Met a few problems with his pace and Shane had another couple of shots at goal, but a second goal would not come.

With time ticking down Gavin Bolger who had come on for Rob Ursell on the hour made a good run from the halfway line, his cross into the box found Ryan Gray who turned the Met's defence inside out but could not get a clear shot on goal and the ball was eventually cleared for a corner, from which Hamilton head over.

Finally the ref blow his whistle and the Dons could start the celebrations after securing the three points that confirmed us as Champions of the Ryman League Division One.

Well Done to the management, the team and of course us the fans for another wonderful season.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Lewis Hamilton, Ryan Gray, Chris Gell, Steve Butler, Antony Howard, Robert Ursell (60), Jon-Barrie Bates, Shane Smeltz, Leon McDowall, Michael Woolner

Subs Used : Gavin Bolger (60)

Subs Not Used : Mark Cooper, Matt Martin, Steve Gibson, Andy Frost

Goalscorers : Shane Smeltz (8)

Goals Against : n/a

Attendance : 3,230

Surrey Senior Cup Semi-final

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Tuesday 5th April 2005
Surrey Senior Cup Semi-final
Sutton Utd 0-1 AFC Wimbledon

The Dons clinched a place in the Surrey Senior Cup Final after beating Sutton Utd by a single headed goal by Antony Howard in a toughly fought match, which later saw Antony replace Paul Smith in goal after Smithy went off with a dislocated shoulder.

Mr. Anderson was forced to make several changes to the team that was taken apart by W&H on Saturday due to players being cup tied and injured, despite that the Dons came out and looked comfortable, Sutton took the game to the Dons early on and Paul Smith had to be a his best from the off and stopped Sutton taking the lead on a couple of occasions

Both teams had their fair share of chances as the game flowed from end to end, but it was the Sutton that finished the half the stronger and Smithy again pulled of a save to deny Sutton a goal.

At the start of the 2nd half the Dons came out flying, the post came to Sutton's aid from a Leon McDowall header, then on forty eight minutes the Dons received a freekick which Rob Ursell sent into the box and Antony Howard rose at the back post and sent a looping head pass the Sutton keeper one nil.

The lead could have been double just after that, first Ryan Gray then Gavin Bolger had chances, Bolgers was scrambled off the line, Sutton upped the tempo looking to level the game, but the Smith and the defenders where more than a match and held Sutton at bay.

With ninety up Paul Smith cleared a corner, but as he fell to the ground he landed badly and after a long delay was stretched off with a dislocated shoulder and with no keeper on the subs bench it was up to one of the outfield players to step into the green jersey, after some debate goalscorer Antony Howard to the responsibility, but soon found that catch the ball isn't as easy as it looks and to make things worse for him every time the Dons got the ball they sent it out for a throw in or corner.

Rob Ursell showed how to run down the clock and got the ball into the corner, were he turned the Sutton defense inside before getting a corner, after about ten minutes of nail bitten extra time the ref finally blow the whistle to send the crowd ecstatic and take the Dons into the final.

Well done to the team, management and fans for a great evening and bring on Walton & Hersham, who beat Tooting & Mitcham in the other Semi.

Team : Paul Smith (90), Antony Howard, Ryan Gray, Jon-Barrie Bates, Steve Butler, Steve Gibson, Robert Ursell, Michael Woolner, Chris Gell, Leon McDowall, Gavin Bolger

Subs Used : Gareth Graham (90)

Subs Not Used : Jon Boswell, Jones Bamfo, Mark King, Andy Frost

Goalscorers : Antony Howard (48)

Goals Against : n/a

Attendance : 2,063

League Match

Click to see big picture (1024x768 pixels; 177 KB)) Saturday 2nd April 2005
Walton & Hersham 4-0 AFC Wimbledon

What can I say about this game apart from well done Walton & Hersham, We came, We saw, We got well and truly stuffed, you had a game plan and stuck to it, we had a game plan and left it behind with our players who also forgot to turn up, nice day out though apart from the result.

The first twenty minutes saw both teams have a fair share of the play, but it was W&H took their chances, the 1st goal came after a bad back pass to Steve Butler saw him struggle to clear the ball which eventually went out for a corner, from the corner the ball was dropped into the near post where W&H had two players on Paul Smith and the ball was bundled over the line.

The lead was doubled twelve minutes later when the ball was driven across the Dons box Paul Harkness turn and hit a hopeful shot which curled just out of the reach of Paul Smith and clipped the inside of the post and in.

The second half saw Joe Vines replace the injured Sonny Farr who was one of the few players who had had a OK first half and the Dons switched to three five two and the Dons started to create chances another of the players performing well was Richard Butler (who doesn't seem to have bad games) and he also picked up a knock that saw him go off on the hour.

Which only left JJB who continues to get stuck in more and more, but alas with only the one player left on the pitch it wasn't long before W&H had made it three, the third came from the now obligatory free kick from dead center outside the box that we give away all to often and then the ball is curled over the wall into the top corner type thing goal.

The fourth on seventy seven minutes was again from a corner that saw Paul Harkness rise unmarked at the near post and head any easy goal.

The ref finally put us out of our missy and left us still looking for the single point that will clinch the title.

Team : Paul Smith. Antony Howard, Lewis Hamilton, Jon-Barrie Bates, Steve Butler, Mark Cooper, Robert Ursell (74), Chris Gell, Richard Butler (60), Shane Smeltz, Sonny Farr (46)

Subs Used : Ryan Gray (74) , Joe Vines (46), Leon McDowall (60)

Subs Not Used : Matt Martin, Michael Woolner

Goalscorers : N/A

Goals Against : Tristan Frontin (24) , Paul Harkness (37, 77), Lee Riddell (70)

Attendance : 2,503

League Match

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Easter Monday 28th March 2005
AFC Wimbledon 3-0 Dorking

The Dons secured promotion into the Ryman Premier league next season with a fairly easy three nil victory at home to Dorking, for the third home game in a row the Dons took the lead with less than ten minutes on the clock, Steve Butler must have got the taste for goals after his tap him against Banstead, he took the ball of a Dorking player about fifteen yards outside the edge of Dorking's box he then went forward a couple of yards before striking the ball hard and straight sending it high into the top of the net.

Sonny Farr who has impressed since joining and also been the provider of the corners that resulted in goals in recent matches, showed that he can also take a decent freekick too, Michael Woolner was badly fouled on the edge of the box and had to be replaced, Sonny line the ball up and curled his shot round the wall into the far corner.

The Dons had to wait until the eighty fifth minute for third Shane Smeltz picked the ball up on the center circle and dribble the ball right up to the penalty box, before laying the ball into Leon's path in the box, he turned his marker and hit the ball low into the back of the net and started the promotion celebrations that went on late into to the evening.

Team : Paul Smith, Antony Howard, Lewis Hamilton, Jon-Barrie Bates, Steve Butler, Mark Cooper, Robert Ursell, Michael Woolner (24), Richard Butler (64), Shane Smeltz, Sonny Farr

Subs Used : Chris Gell (24), Leon McDowall (64)

Subs Not Used : Joe Vines, Martin Randall, Ryan Gray

Goalscorers : Steve Butler (6), Sonny Farr (25), Leon McDowall (85)

Goals Against : N/A

Attendance : 3,321

League Match

Click to see big picture (1024x768 pixels; 124 KB)) Good Friday 25th March 2005
Banstead Athletic 1-3 AFC Wimbledon

After two stunning performances the Dons showed they can still dig in and produce the result when needed.

On a bright sunny Good Friday day it was Banstead who started the stronger and had the Dons scrambling earlier on, but again it was Richard Butler that settled the nerves of the two thousand odd travelling Dons, chasing onto a low ball he controlled the ball before lobbing the ball up and over a defender and rounded him before side footing the ball pass the keeper.

Banstead pulled level from the penalty spot ten minutes later, the ref awarded the penalty after one of their players was brought down in the box and Paul Smith was sent the wrong way from the spot.

Richard Butler & Rob Ursell linked up in the box four minutes later to take the lead again, Butlers pace took him into the box, he then passed the ball into Rob's path who side footed it pass a defender and the keeper.

Two minutes before half time the lead was extended, from a corner the Dons played a bit of head tennis with Banstead, before our other Butler put the the ball over the line from about a foot out Steve managed to get his foot to the ball before the player trying to clear his line and set the ball goalward from a foot out.

The second half saw plenty of chances fall the Dons way, but they were unable to get the ball into the net and if it wasn't for a couple if good saves from Smithy the result could have been a bit tighter.

Team : Paul Smith, Antony Howard, Lewis Hamilton, Jon-Barrie Bates, Steve Butler, Joe Vines, Robert Ursell, Michael Woolner, Richard Butler (83), Shane Smeltz, Sonny Farr

Subs Used : Leon McDowall (83)

Subs Not Used : Gavin Bolger, Matt Martin, Ryan Gray, Mark Cooper

Goalscorers : Richard Butler (14), Robert Ursell (29), Steve Butler (43)

Goals Against : Michael Beale (25)

Attendance : 2,134

League Match

Click to see big picture (1024x768 pixels; 85 KB)) Saturday 19th March 2005
AFC Wimbledon 4-1 Horsham

This was billed as a tough top of the table clash 1st v 2nd, as with Newport the Dons came out flying and had opened up a three goal lead after just thirty minutes.

The first goal was also similar to the first against Newport Sonny Farr sent over a corner, but this time it was the flying Kiwi Womble that rose at the near port to head home form close range after just seven minutes and he could have made it two four minutes later when he had broken through the Horsham defence and with only the keeper to beat he chipped the ball over the keeper diving at his feet, but not with enough power and as the ball trickled goalward slowly, Richard Butler raced in and rammed it into the back of the net before a defender could clear it.

The strength of the young Richard Butler resulted in yet another goal for a contender for Player of the Year, as he held off a defender as they both ran at pace towards the ball on the edge, he reached the ball just before the keeper coming in the other direction and poked the ball pass him into the empty net.

Again in the second half the Dons attacked the Athletics end which meant the travelling Lardy Boys (Horshams fans nickname for themselves) joined the Dons Choir Boys in Westbank for some friendly banter between fans, Horsham finally turned up to the game in the second half and pulled a goal back after five minutes, the Dons conceded a freekick dead centre on the edge of the box, Horsham unlike other teams didn't hit the ball straight into the top corner, but preferred to chip it into the box have a bit of a scramble before hitting the ball across goal into the net, so the end result of the freekick was the same a goal.

This did give them some hope, well for eleven minutes at least, that was until Rob Ursell did what Rob Ursell does best, get the ball outside the box goes pass someone and before anyone else can get near him curl the ball into the back of the net and that was the end of the tough top of the table clash.

Team : Paul Smith, Antony Howard, Lewis Hamilton, Joe Vines, Steve Butler, Jon-Barrie Bates, Robert Ursell, Michael Woolner, Richard Butler (sub 71), Shane Smeltz,Sonny Farr (sub 84)

Subs Used : Gavin Bolger (sub 84) , Leon McDowall (sub 71)

Subs Not Used : Matt Martin, Ryan Gray, Martin Randall

Goalscorers : Shane Smeltz (7), Richard Butler (13, 28), Robert Ursell (61)

Goals Against : Andy Walker (50)

Attendance : 3,268

League Match

Click to see big picture (1024x768 pixels; 148 KB)) Saturday 12th March 2005
AFC Wimbledon 5-0 Newport IoW

The Dons got off to a flying start when after only three minutes new on loan signing Sonny Farr sent over a corner that found the head of Antony Howard two yard out at the far post.

On the half hour mark it was the turn of another new signing to make a good impression the ball dropped in front of our New Zealand international Shane Smeltz on the edge of the box and he hit the ball first time high and over Joe McCormack in the Newport goal, who just fell back and laid flat out while the Dons celebrate the cracking goal.

Eight minutes later Richard wrapped the match up with two goals in three minutes, the first was a thunderous low driven shot across the face of the goal from about the same spot Shane had score that left Joe McCormack with little chances and with the choir's of where were you when Butlers scored still ringing in his ears (which he provided a freeze frame pose for) Butler had made it four nil, powering pass a defender he cut inside another defender before hitting the ball low into the near post from just outside the six yard box.

The second half saw the travelling Islanders supports join the Dons in the Westbank for a good forty five minutes of banter enjoyed by both sides, on the pitch Newport held the at bay for four minutes after the break, after some more hard work from Richard Butler he laid the ball into Rob Ursell's path and his low shot from outside the box flow at the keeper who could only parry it into the path of Shane Smeltz who had followed up the ball and had a simple ball to knock into an empty net for his double debut goal and round the scoring off.

Team : Jake Cole, Steve Gibson, Lewis Hamilton, Antony Howard,, Joe Vines, Michael Woolner (80), Robert Ursell, Jon-Barrie Bates, Richard Butler (66), Shane Smeltz, Sonny Farr (58)

Subs Used : Gavin Bolger (58), Leon McDowall, (66), Martin Randall (88)

Subs Not Used : Paul Smith, Mark Jones

Goalscorers : Antony Howard (3), Shane Smeltz (30, 49), Richard Butler (38, 41)

Goals Against : N/A

Attendance : 2,617

League Match

Click to see big picture (1024x768 pixels; 233 KB)) Saturday 5th March 2005
Molesey 0-1 AFC Wimbledon

After the free flowing football of the cup on Wednesday, it was back to the hard graft of chipping away at a ten man defence at Molesey, the 1st half saw few chances the Dons had new on loan signing Lewis Hamilton at right back making his debut and looked fairly solid, but then again Molesey didn't cause much trouble, so he didn't have much to do and with Jake Cole returned in goal any threat was easily dealt with.

The second half saw Rob Ursell replace Andy Frost and on the hour Leon McDowall replaced Andrew Martin who was having a very quite game up front and with in three minutes Ursell played in an inch perfect cross that Leon had no problems in heading home from the edge of the six yard box.

The injury list that has plagued the Dons all season had another name added as Mark Cooper picked up a hamstring problem and is expected to be out for three to four weeks,

Three more points and with Horshams match falling fowl of the weather the lead was extended to fourteen having played a game more, but Walton & Hersham continued to keep matching us point for point by winning away from home against bottom club Croydon, but they are fifteen points behind with two games in hand*.

Team : Jake Cole, Antony Howard, Mark Jones, Chris Gell, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Cooper (77), Michael Woolner, Jon-Barrie Bates, Richard Butler, Andrew Martin (63), Andy Frost (46)

Subs Used : Leon McDowall (63), Gavin Bolger (77), Robert Ursell (46)

Subs Not Used : Paul Smith, Martin Randall

Goalscorers : Leon McDowall (66)

Goals Against : N/A

Attendance : 1,250

* I know 12pts and 1GiH by the time I wrote this report.

Surrey Senior Cup Qtr Final Match

Click to see big picture (1024x768 pixels; 97 KB)) Wednesday 2nd March 2005
AFC Wimbledon 2-0 Crystal Palace

It;s been a long time coming, but we finally beat Crystal Palace at our place.

With Palace reserves playing the day before they sent a team of young player along for the Surrey Senior Cup Qtr Final match and as with some of our games i.e. Thurrock, Hendon and Fisher it was a case of men vs boys as our physical strength on the ball was just too much.

The Palace player's showed some good football skills and had a couple of chances early on and with them wanting to play football rather than kick players/ball like some teams we have played it allow the Dons to pass more freely and made for an entertaining game.

The 1st half was fairly even, in the second half the chanting crowd stayed in the Westbank and where joined by the twenty or so Palace fans which created some lively, but friendly banter for the entire second half.

The Dons finally broke down the Palace defences on fifty minutes with a flowing move from the halfway line Michael Woolner played the ball to Richard Butler, who then held the ball up for a second before laying it off to Andy Frost on the wing, he then took two players with him towards the corner flag before laying the ball back to Steve Gibson who hit a low ball into the box to Butler, who held off his marker and knocking the wall back to Rob Ursell around the penalty spot, Rob then tapped the ball back into the path of Frost who had come running into the box and unleashed an unstoppable shot into the far top corner of the net one nil to the Wimbledon.

With fourteen minutes left to play Mark Jones picked up the ball deep in our half and set off at pass down field, no challenges came in from the Palace's players and he was able to almost reach the box before hitting a shot that was heading towards the far side of the goal, the keeper looked like he had the shot covered until the ball deflected off Richard's Butler and flew into the opposite side of the net and opened up a two goal gap that Palace never looked like coming back from.

The Dons will know face Sutton Utd in the Semi Final at Gander Green Lane (over one leg only) after they beat Egham two one.

Team : Paul Smith, Steve Gibson, Mark Jones, Jon-Barrie Bates, Mark Cooper, Antony Howard, Robert Ursell (69), Michael Woolner, Richard Butler,Andrew Martin (74),Andy Frost (83)

Subs Used : Gavin Bolger (69), Martin Randall (74),Gary Prigent (83)

Subs Not Used : Leon McDowall, Danny Naisbitt

Goalscorers : Andy Frost (50), Richard Butler (74)

Goals Against : N/A

Attendance : 1,320

League Match

Saturday 26th February 2005
AFC Wimbledon 1-1 Corinthian Casuals

In a game that the Dons dominated from start to finish it was a single mistake that resulted in a single point rather than all three.

The Dons playing some good flowing football were passing the ball around well and creating plenty of chances, but nothing would cross the line, thanks to some good stops from the Casuals keeper.

On twenty seven minutes after a game of head tennis in the box, the ball was headed in the direction of the Richard Butler at the far post who sent the ball goalward to give a well earn leaded.

In the second half Richard Butler was racing through with a clear path on goal and was bowled over just on the edge of the box and the ref just waved play on, then later on Richard was again racing down the side and headed into the box where he was again bundled over, this time the ref blow his whistle and issued a yellow card to Butler to the astonishment of all around him, to make matters worse two minutes later Richard was again heading towards goal but this time with some Cor-Casual players in front of him able to block his path to goal was again brought down and the ref show no level of constancy and award a free kick to the Dons, go figure.

With ten minutes left a low ball with hardly and pace was hit across the Dons goal and as all around stared at the ball Mark Simmons was able from close range to tap the ball into the net.

One all, luckily results elsewhere meant that the lead at the top was in act increased by one point as Horsham lost their match and W&H drew theirs.

Team : Paul Smith, Gavin Bolger, Michael Woolner, Antony Howard, Mark Cooper, Steve Butler, Robert Ursell, Chris Gell, Richard Butler,Andrew Martin (87), Andy Frost (78)

Subs Used : Leon McDowall (87), Mark Jones (78)

Subs Not Used : Jon-Barrie Bates, Danny Naisbitt, Martin Randall,

Goalscorers : Richard Butler (27)

Goals Against : Mark Simmons (81)

Attendance : 2,774

Q/F Cup Match

Tuesday 22nd February 2005
Slough Town 4-2 AFC Wimbledon

Probable the least said about this game the better, it looked so good at half time two nil up, the 1st goal came from a corner after only eight minute Rob Ursell curled the ball into the box and as the keeper went to catch the ball unchallenged he managed to scoop the ball into the back of the net for an own goal.

The Dons second came from another corner this time from the other side Mark Jones sent the ball across which Slough cleared and Rob Ursell sent the ball looping over to the far side where Mark Cooper rose and for the second match running sent the ball goalward and with no Andrew Martin at the game the ball sailed in the small gap between the keeper and the post.

It took Slough less than six minutes to draw level after the break the 1st goal after a minute and then five minutes later the Dons defenders allowed Carbon to walk though them again to score his second and level the score.

After that it was all one way and every Slough attack looked likely to result in a goal as they sliced through the Dons with ease, but the third goal didn't come until twenty minutes later when Carbon was brought down in the box the ref awarded a penalty which Glen Harris calmly slotted pass Paul Smith in goal.

The second half rout was finish off five minutes later when Matt Seedel rounded Mark Cooper and fired home a shot pass Paul Smith to send the Dons crashing out of the Bryco Cup for this year.

Team : Paul Smith, Antony Howard, Mark Jones ( 56), Chris Gell, Mark Cooper, Steve Gibson, Robert Ursell (56), Jon-Barrie Bates, Richard Butler, Leon McDowall, Gavin Bolger

Subs Used : Ryan Gray (56), Michael Woolner (56)

Subs Not Used : Danny Naisbitt, Joe Sheerin, Martin Randall

Goalscorers : Shaun Allaway (8og) , Mark Cooper (26)

Goals Against : Josias Carbon (46, 51), Glen Harris (71), Matt Seedel (76)

Attendance : 564

League Match

Saturday 19th February 2005
Hastings United 1-1 AFC Wimbledon

The Dons came from behind to grab a share of the points.

Paul Smith was called into action from the kick off as Hastings won a string of corners one after the other in the 1st minutes.

The Dons should have had a penalty with about fifteen minutes gone when Leon McDowall was brought down in the box only for the ref to wave play on, moments later the Dons had another chance as Andrew Martin was fouled just outside the box and the Rob Ursell freekick was tipped round the bar by the keeper.

On twenty nine minutes Hastings no nine looked to have got in between Mark Cooper and Anthony Howard on the edge of the box, but then went down after the slightest of touches on the shoulder by Howard went down for a freekick.

Paul Smith set the wall up and Hastings no eight looked to be lining up the ball for a hard whack, then the ref decided to adjust the position of the ball a yard to the right and as Smith and the wall adjusted themselves for the new location Hastings no eleven curled the ball round the outside of the wall and into the top corner of the net, just out of Smiths reach.

The second half saw almost one way traffic as the Dons surged forward looking for an equalising goal, Ryan Gray who came on for Mark Jones on the house took a freekick from almost the same spot that Hastings had scored from and his curling shot looked to be heading into the same corner until a last minute deflected header sent the ball out fro a corner.

From the corner Ryan Gray sent the ball over to the back post where Mark Cooper rose above the Hastings players and sent the ball back across goal heading into the near side of the net where two Hastings players looked ready to stop it crossing the line, but as the ball sailed towards them Andrew Martin by some miracle had managed to get his in the path of the ball and send the ball over their heads and into the back of the net.

Some late chances from both teams fell short and in the end a draw was a fair result.

Team : Paul Smith, Antony Howard, Mark Jones (60), Leon McDowall, Steve Gibson, Mark Cooper, Robert Ursell (86), Chris Gell, Andrew Martin, Jon-Barrie Bates, Gavin Bolger

Subs Used : Andy Frost (sub 86), Ryan Gray (sub 60)

Subs Not Used : Danny Naisbitt, Joe Sheerin, Martin Randall

Goalscorers : Andrew Martin (73)

Goals Against : Marcus Sawyerr (29)

Attendance : 1,834

League Match

Tuesday 15th February 2005
AFC Wimbledon 2-0 Burgess Hill Town

Another solid performance against a persistent Burgess Hill team, saw the Dons extended their lead at the twelve point (eleven if W&H win their games in hand).

With Richard Butler out with a knock Leon McDowall started up front with Andrew Martin and once again Leon gave a good account of himself and didn't stop running for ninety minute's.

After the end to end battle in the first half the Dons finally broke pass the BHT defences after the break when Leon had work his way into a the box, but was challenged just before he could strike the ball and as the ball broke loose Rob Ursell who had follow in hit the ball first time (wot no triple roll over's) into the back of the net.

Burgess HT kept the pressure on looking to level the score and Paul Smith was called on too make two quality saves, but with a minute on the clock the Dons double the lead and settled the match, after some good build-up from the half way line the ball reach the BHT box, where Leon did a cheeky back heel into the path of Chris Gell who his a fierce drive from the edge of the box low into the bottom of the net.

With hardly a bad tackle all game there was no extra time played and the ref blow his whistle to end the match.

Well Done to the BHT Barmy Yellow Army (five blokes in a the mainstand) for adding to the atmosphere of an entertaining match, with their friend banter in the second half.

Team : Paul Smith, Antony Howard, Mark Jones, Leon McDowall (sub 90), Steve Butler (sub 23), Mark Cooper, Robert Ursell, Chris Gell, Andrew Martin, Jon-Barrie Bates ,Gareth Graham (sub 71)

Subs Used :Steve Gibson (sub 23) , Gavin Bolger (sub 71) Martin Randall (sub 90)

Subs Not Used : Danny Naisbitt, Andy Frost

Goalscorers : Robert Ursell (51), Chris Gell (89)

Goals Against : N/A

Attendance : 2,444

League Match

Saturday 12th February 2005
AFC Wimbledon 3-0 Croydon

In a clash of top v bottom it's not unusual for the bottom team to pull of a shock result, a Croydon did just that how they managed to keep the score down to just three was a shock and also why it took so long for one of their players to be sent was another shock, especially after the terrible tackle that resulted in Jay Conroy going off on a stretcher and more than likely out for the rest of the season.

The Dons took the lead after six minutes, when Mark Jones crossed the ball over and at the back of the bunch in the box came Jon-Barrie Bates to hit a low volley into the back of the next from just inside the box.

Yes I did say Jon-Barrie Bates and fair play to the man over the past three or four games he has been putting in ever improving performances and hopefully winning over some of his critics, keep up the good work JJB.

The second goal came on the half hour mark and on his home debut Andrew Martin produced a powerful diving header that flew pass the keeper and into the back of the net and it was at the Westbank Choir End too, he knows how to feed please his followers.

Again in the second half the Dons dominated the match CCL style and showed why Croydon where bottom of the table, Leon McDowall rounded of another good performance from him with a goal on sixty four minutes as he broke Croydon's off side trap and raced towards goal, before placing the ball low and hard pass the keeper to round off the scoring.

With eighty six minutes gone Ryan Gray became the 1st player to get sent off this season for the Dons, after he was involved an incident on the touchline with him and a Croydon player and punches appeared to be thrown, the ref had no choice but to send both players off.

Three more points and an easier game, but with more work for Mike Rayner.

Team : Paul Smith, Jay Conroy (sub 22) , Mark Jones, Antony Howard, Mark Cooper, Chris Gell, Robert Ursell, Ryan Gray (86 sent off), Richard Butler (sub 14), Andrew Martin, Jon-Barrie Bates (sub 80)

Subs Used : Gareth Graham (sub 80), Leon McDowall (sub 14), Steve Gibson (sub 22)

Subs Not Used : Danny Naisbitt, Gavin Bolger

Goalscorers : Jon-Barrie Bates (6), Andrew Martin (34), Leon McDowall (64)

Goals Against : N/A

Attendance : 2,701

League Match

Saturday 5th February 2005
Leatherhead 1-1 AFC Wimbledon

Once again against Leatherhead honours were even after ninety minutes, the game saw a start for new signing (on a free transfer from Dulwich) Andrew Martin the 6ft forward started along side Richard Butler up front and was also the main topic in some of the more religions than usual songs sung by the Westbank Choir.

Leatherhead took the lead after just fourteen minutes when the ref awarded a dubious freekick on the edge of the box and as with the game in midweek against Cray the keeper (this time Paul Smith) was unable to reach the perfectly hit shot into the corner.

Andrew Martin was winning almost all the headers and knock on's that he went up for and looks like the target man we've been looking for up front, after chances for both sides the Dons finally levelled the score, when from a cross into the box Andrew Martin rose above the Leatherhead, but before he could nail the header home he was pushed in the back and the ref awarded a penalty.

With Rob Ursell on the bench it was Ryan Gray who stepped up to take the penalty and placed it wide of the keeper and brought the scores level on forty one minutes.

The second half again saw the Dons create more of the good chances and the Leatherhead keeper kept them in the game with a couple of good saves, towards the end of the game Leatherhead put Paul Smith under some pressure and could have taken the lead after another free kick beat Paul, but this time Jay Conroy was on hand to clear the ball off the line.

A point each was a far result, in what was a tough game against a team in top form.

Team : Paul Smith, Mark Cooper, Mark Jones, Chris Gell, Steve Butler, Antony Howard (20), Gareth Graham, Jon-Barrie Bates ,Richard Butler, Andrew Martin (77), Ryan Gray

Subs Used : Jay Conroy (20), Robert Ursell (77)

Subs Not Used : Leon McDowall, Steve Gibson, Gavin Bolger

Goalscorers : Ryan Gray (41) pen

Goals Against : Steve Sargent (14)

Attendance : 1,814

4th Round Match


Tuesday 1st February 2005
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FC Wimbledon 3-2 Cray Wanderers 4th Round

The Dons came from behind twice with an excellent second half performance to secure a place in the Quarter Final with a winning goal from Robert Ursell ten minutes from time.

It was a very physical game from the start and the Dons seemed unable to handle Crays nippy forwards in the first half, on sixteen minutes the ref award Cray a freekick just outside the box, Drew Watkins took the free kick hitting the ball screaming it to the top corner give Jake Cole no chance.

The Dons seemed unable to string more than a couple of passes together and the rain was not helping thing, only Richard Butler up front and Jon-Barrie Bates in midfield where having fairly decent games and Cray looked in command as the half came to a close.

As with quite a few games this season the half time break saw a different team and thankfully this time for the better, from the kick off the Dons set up camp in the Cray area and all that Cray could do to stop the Dons from scoring was to get more physical and at time it looked more like a wrestling match than a football match.

On the hour mark Robert Ursell came on for Leon up front and started to cause Crays defence even more problems than they had already, having replaced their goalscorer ten minutes earlier Ryan Gray was finding his replacement easier to get pass on the wing.

One of many odd decisions given by the ref was when he got in the way and collided with Mark Jones and a Cray player, he then award us a freekick on the edge of the box, from the freekick Ryan Gray hit a firm curling ball into the same top corner of the net as Crays goal to equalize to the joy of the players and the Westbank behind that goal.

With the Dons looking the stronger it was no surprise that Cray again took the lead three minutes later when on seventy three minute the ref again award a freekick for no sane reason, from what I saw of it one of our player was kicked in the back of the leg so Cray received a free kick on the touchline, the ball was hit into the six yard box where a scramble for the ball ensured which Cray eventually knock into the net.

With Cray two one up they seem to want to sit back and want defend the lead, but the Dons seemed on fire up and Cray could only hold on to the lead for four minutes Richard Butler headed the ball onto Robert Ursell who did a little trick on the edge of the box before hit the ball goalward only to his shot blocked, luckily the ball fell to Richard Butler who seem to get the ball stuck between his legs before turning and poking the ball pass the Crays keeper.

Cray had no answer to the Wizard Ursell tricks around the box, Ryan Grays darting runs and crosses on the left and the strong combination of Richard Butler and Andy Frost linking up on the right and with ten minute's remaining the pressure brought the third and winning goal, with a solo effort from the young wizard taking the ball around three or four players before curling a low shot that to the dismay of the Cray keeper who could only watch as it hit the far post and bounced over the line.

Cray had a string of corners towards the end but they had no answer and they no longer look a threat up front, a finally the ref blow the whistle after ten minutes injury time and send the Dons through into the Quarter Final draw.

Team : Jake Cole, Antony Howard ,Mark Jones, Ryan Gray, Steve Butler, Mark Cooper, Steve Gibson (74), Chris Gell, Richard Butler, Leon McDowall (60), Jon-Barrie Bates

Subs Used : Robert Ursell (60), Andy Frost (74)

Subs Not Used : Jay Conroy, Paul Smith, Gavin Bolger

Goalscorers : Ryan Gray (70), Richard Butler (77), Robert Ursell (80)

Goals Against : Drew Watkins (16), David Gray (73)

Attendance : 773

League Match

Saturday 29th January 2005
AFC Wimbledon 0-0 Bashley

As with the game at Bashley both team seem to cancel each other out for most of the game and the game really on produced two goal mouth incidents both came in the second half and both teams had one each.

Bashley's came after Jake Cole was dispossessed of the ball way out side his box and he then scrambled back into the goal just as Bashley's shot on goal was headed off the line and over the bar by one of their own players.

The Dons best chance came when Rob Ursell was brought down in the box and he then stepped up to take the penalty which he struck well, but the Bashley keeper produced a fine save and parried the ball back to Rob and rather than just blasting the ball into the back of the open net he took one to many touches, i.e. two, and a couple of Bashley players where onto him and his shot went wide for a goal kick.

This wasn't the best of games, but one point is better than none especially when the team didn't play well (getting back from the IOW at 3am in Thursday morning probably didn't help) and at the end of the day with the results from the rest of the league not to bad we remain at the top of the league and eleven points with a game in hand.

Team : Jake Cole, Jay Conroy (65) , Mark Jones, Antony Howard, Steve Butler, Mark Cooper, Robert Ursell, Chris Gell, Richard Butler, Martin Randall (65), Gareth Graham,

Subs Used : Leon McDowall (65), Gavin Bolger (65)

Subs Not Used : Jon-Barrie Bates, Paul Smith, Ryan Gray

Goalscorers : N/A

Goals Against : N/A

Attendance : 2,724

League Match

Wednesday 26th January 2005
Newport IoW 1-2 AFC Wimbledon

The day started at two in the afternoon where a small band of Dons fans watched the players set off and then boarded the other three coaches and headed down to Portsmouth were they joined up with more Dons making there own way in cars, after a short delay the invasion of the White Isle's could begin, but first to the bar.

On arrival at Newport's ground the locals were very friendly opening open the bar with a nice selection of food (well pasties, crisps and a pints not bad), big screen TV showing the cricket when we arrived (but that was two hours before kick off) and you could even buy they old players kits for £3 or €4.33077 in local money 8-), the programme was a good if odd price £1.70.

Finally the gates opened and the small band of Dons increased as the advance party's had left the beaches (and pubs) and made their way and in some/most cases staggered to the ground

The first half saw both teams have early chances and the Dons should have had a penalty early on after a Chris Gell shot from outside the area was charged down and clearly made contact with the defenders hand, but nothing was given.

The Wizard Ursell then had a long shot just tipped over by the Newport keeper as the Dons pilled on some pressure, but Newport could have gone in front after a long through ball was intercepted by Mark Jones, but his pass back to Jake Cole in goal was way short and the Newport No 9 (David Greening) was able to out pass Mark to the loose ball, and with Jake trying to back peddle into position Greening tried to pass the ball into the fair corner of the net from outside the box, but he had not hit the ball hard firm enough and Jake was able to scrabble the ball out for a corner.

Martin Randell should have had a penalty after he was challenged from behind, but ref waved play on, the Dons finally took the lead on twenty four minutes when a Ryan Gray corner saw Steve Butler and Newport's Steve Leigh go up for the ball at the near post, both seem to make contact and the ball sailed into the far side of the net.

After the break the Dons looked to increase their lead, while Newport had a couple of chances themselves, Martin Randall hit a looping ball goalward that the keeper tipped over the bar.

The Dons doubled the lead on fifty eight minutes after some good work by the wizard to clear himself some space, he then laid a perfect hip height pass to Richard Butler on the penalty spot, who turned his marker and drove the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

Two nil up and with half an hour to go the Dons player seem to lose concentration, they may have been wondering like a majority off the 765 crowd what time the last ferry left the island and hoping that the ref wasn't the same as all the other refs in this league and add ten to fifteen injury time, it didn't help that at the same time the Newport players picked up the pass and started to stretch the Dons defence and within eight minutes had pulled a goal back and became the first team to put one pass Jake in a Dons top.

Newport's keeper was called into action three more time and pulled off three goalward bound shots, the first was a Wizard ™ curling shot that the keeper tipped onto the bar, then Richard Butler set an over the shoulder shot that the keeper cleared and then he had to stop a point blank shot from Randall.

Luckily it looked like the ref had to catch the same ferry as he blow on time and the Dons made their way back, some to the coaches and cars and some that had the smarts to book rooms went back to the bar, were they where show what happens to the locals when they lose as a couple of blokes were waxed of there body hair (only for charity of course).

Team : Jake Cole, Mark Cooper, Ryan Gray, Mark Jones, Antony Howard, Steve Butler, Robert Ursell, Chris Gell, Richard Butler, Martin Randall (86), Jon-Barrie Bates (65)

Subs Used : Leon McDowall (86), Gavin Bolger (65)

League Match
Saturday 22nd January 2005
Dulwich Hamlet 0-1 AFC Wimbledon

The Dons came through a tough match against a solid Dulwich team, the first half saw both teams battling hard for every ball in the middle of the pitch, but no clear chance fell to either team.

In the second half both teams finally had some shots on goal, but both keeper looked on good form, Dulwich had the best chance to brake the deadlock when one of their players went down under a light challenge from Antony Howard and the ref awarded them a penalty, but once again Jake Cole showed what he's capable off when he dived the correct way and with one hand pushed the ball away, before calmly claiming the ball and setting the up a Dons attack.

With time nearly up the Dons nicked a last minute goal thanks to an excellent thorough ball by Robert Ursell that Richard Butler raced onto and while holding off a defender as he does so well he slide the ball pass the keeper who had come out to meet him.

Team : Jake Cole, Jay Conroy, Mark Jones, Antony Howard, Steve Butler, Michael Woolner (66),Chris Gell, Jon-Barrie Bates, Richard Butler, Martin Randall (83), Robert Ursell

Subs Used : Ryan Gray (66), Leon McDowall (83)

Subs Not Used : Paul Smith, Steve Gibson, Mark Cooper

Goalscorers : Richard Butler (85)

Goals Against : N/A

Attendance : 1,523

Surrey Senior Cup 3rd Round Match

Tuesday 18th January 2005
AFC Wimbledon 2-1 Kingstonian

With both Jake Cole and Mark Jones both unavailable for this game, Ryan Gray returned to at left back and Paul Smith in goal and after his impressive performance against Bromley Michael Woolner continued in midfield alongside Jon-Barrie Bates and up front with Martin Randall out injured Leon McDowall started alongside Richard Butler.

The Dons got off to a cracking start, passing the ball around well and after seven minutes taking the lead, Richard Butler and Leon McDowall both went up for the same ball and luckily the ball fell to captain for the night Gareth Graham who hit the ball first time low into the back of the net.

The lead was short lived when Robert Paris leveled the score for the K's and gave the K's supporters outside the gates something to cheer about for a short time.

It wasn't long before the Dons put the K's under more pressure and with twenty three minutes the Dons regained the lead after some good work by Gavin Bolger, he passed the ball to Richard Butler who did a cheeky back heel into the path of Michael Woolner who's first shot hit a defender and he was quickest to react to the loose ball and knocked the ball into the corner of the net to score his first goal for the Dons, which is no more than he deserves for his recent performances.

The K's fans entered the ground at half time to warm applause and this seem to lift their players and they had some chances early, but the Dons always looked in control and with Ryan Gray causing the K's defence problems with his corners and crosses, the Dons looked more likely to score.

With time running out K's had a couple of chances that called Paul Smith into action, but score remained the same and the Dons go through to the next round to meet either Chipstead or Crystal Palace at home.

Team : Paul Smith, Jay Conroy, Ryan Gray, Jon-Barrie Bates, Julian Sills, Antony Howard, Robert Ursell, Gareth Graham (sub 72), Richard Butler, Leon McDowall, Michael Woolner

Subs Used : Steve Gibson (sub 72)

Subs Not Used : Steve Butler, Gary Prigent Joe Paris, Joe Sheerin

Goalscorers : Gareth Graham (7), Michael Woolner (23)

Goals Against : Robert Paris (11)

Attendance : 1,239

League Match
Saturday 15th January 2005
AFC Wimbledon 1-0 Bromley

The first half was a fairly even event with both the Dons and Bromley having plenty of chances, Bromley had the best chance early on when a cross into the box found Okafor unmarked on the six yard box and his shot produced a excellent point blank save from on loan (from QPR) keeper Jake Cole.

Mark Jones, our other new loan player was also giving a solid performance on the left in the back four and with Gell out injured and JBB suspended Michael Woolner step into the midfield and looked more than comfortable.

Martin Randall picked up an injury and was replaced at half time by Leon McDowall and from the start Leon gave Bromley trouble up front hassling the defenders for every loose ball.

The Dons finally made the second half pressure pay Antony Howard launched a ball up field which Richard Butler chased down, holding off a defender he headed to into the box and hit a shot that the keeper could only parry the ball back into his path and Richard guided the ball into the empty net and sent the Westbank into wild celebrations.

Bromley hardly troubled the Dons after that and Gavin Bolger would have made it two had it not been for the Bromley keepers legs, this was followed by a goal mouth scramble that ended up going just wide.

Three more points and back to winning ways after the blip in the cup.

Team : Jake Cole, Jay Conroy, Mark Jones, Gareth Graham, Steve Butler, Antony Howard, Robert Ursell, Michael Woolner, Richard Butler, Martin Randall (sub 46) , Gavin Bolger

Subs Used : Leon McDowall (sub 46)

Subs Not Used : Julian Sills, Paul Smith, Gary Prigent, Andy Frost

Goalscorers : Richard Butler (61)

Goals Against : N/A

Attendance : 2,985

London Senior Cup Match
Tuesday 11th January 2005
AFC Wimbledon 0-4 Fisher Athletic

Well this one can be filled in the best forget about folder along with the last two exits in the LSC, Barkingside 0-3 & Ilford 2-6.

To be fair to the players they did battle well, but Fisher seem to have a edge over them in every challenge through the match.

Fishers first goal came just before half time from a freekick on the corner of the box, with Paul Smith still shouting for the move left a bit the ball was curled goalward and pinged of the inside of post and in.

The second goal came just after kick off in the second half Damien Scanwell picked the ball up on the touchline halfway in our half of the pitch and ran towards the box, were he hit a low drive that somehow went straight through Paul Smiths.

Martin Randall should have been given a penalty when he was clipped from behind while going pass two defenders in the box, but the ref waved play on and Richard Butler was clean through later on, but play was pulled back for a freekick to us in our half (nice advantage ref).

Fisher made the game safe with five minutes left when a long ball up field saw their tall forward roll away from Jay Conroy and clean through with only Paul Smith to beat and with a low drive the ball nestled in the bottom left corner.

With the Westbank still chanting among over things "were going to win four three", Fisher made it four nil a shot was parried by Paul Smith into the path of Ivere, who hit home from close range to which the WB replied "were going to win Six, four".

Well only the league and two more cups to play for now, bring on Bromley.

Team : Paul Smith, Jay Conroy, Michael Woolner, Gavin Bolger, Steve Butler, Antony Howard, Robert Ursell (sub 54), Jon-Barrie Bates, Martin Randall, Steve Gibson (sub 66), Ryan Gray (sub 54)

Subs Used : Andy Frost (sub 54),Richard Butler (sub 54), Gary Prigent (sub 66)

Subs Not Used : Gareth Graham, Wes Goggin

Goalscorers : n/a

Goals Against : Hamid Barr (41), Damien Scanwell (48), Charlie Taylor (85), Antony Ivere (90)

Attendance : 913

League Match
Saturday 8th January 2005
Fleet Town 1-3 AFC Wimbledon

Fleet Town gave us a warm welcome on our arrive at the ground and had even gone to the trouble to recreate with much appreciation a CCL style refreshments area with three large army tent's supplying food in one, beer in another and live footie in the center tent in a large muddy field (that I heard was their training pitch).

The dons started the game kicking up hill and soon had a couple of chance and on eleven minutes had taken the lead thanks to a mix up between the keeper and a defender, a long through ball from Rob Ursell was chased down by Richard Butler and the defender, the defender held Butler off while the keeper came rushing to the edge of the box to boot the ball clear, but in doing so hit the ball against the defender and the became tangle with him while Butler had rounded them both and knocked the ball along the ground into the net one nil.

On the half hour mark Mr.Anderson injury list had another name when goalscorer Richard Butler limped off to be replaced with Martin Randall only just back from injury himself, Paul Smith in goal for his second game in a row was again called on to make three or four good saves and looked more than comfortable.

With the slope in the Dons favour in the second half it was a surprise it took the dons to double the lead, in the seventy third minute Rob Ursell reacted quicker to another high ball and as it bounced between him and the defender he headed it forward into his on path before side footing it pass the out coming keeper low into the near post.

You now what they say about buses wait long enough two will come at once, well the same happened with the second and third goal, less than a minute after the Wizard had made it two, Martin Randall popped up and score the third when he ran onto another through ball again from Ursell and hit the ball from the corner of the six yard box across the face of the goal into the far side of the net.

With time up Fleet Town got a consolation goal, from a long throw the ball bounced into the box were Josh Francois was able unchallenged to knock the ball pass Paul Smith low into the bottom right of the net and from the celebration behind the goal you would have fought they had scored the winner if you had arrived very late.

Three goals, three points and a solid and workman like performance from a team struggling with injuries, not a bad day.

Team : Paul Smith, Jay Conroy, Ryan Gray, Antony Howard, Steve Butler, Jon-Barrie Bates, Robert Ursell, Gareth Graham (82), Richard Butler (30), Gavin Bolger, Andy Frost (66)

Subs Used : Martin Randall (30), Michael Woolner (66), Steve Gibson (82)

Subs Not Used : Julian Sills, Dominique Jean-Zephirin

Goalscorers : Richard Butler (11), Robert Ursell (73), Martin Randall (74)

Goals Against : Josh Francois (87)

Attendance : 1,336

Match

Monday 3rd January 2005
Dover Athletic 1-2 AFC Wimbledon

Once again the Dons landed in Dover for another cup game this time the Bryco Cup.

The Dons started with a four four two formation and had Richard Butler teaming up with his ex Ashford teammate Andy Frost up front, the Dover fans moved to the end they were attacking, which was also the end the Dons fans had settled into and despite free rain of the ground decide to stay in and this made for some good friendly banter between the both groups and added to the cup atmosphere.

With Danny Naisbitt out for about six weeks injured Paul Smith was handed the chance to start in goal and from the start was put under pressure from Dover, but he handled it well and his confidence seem to grow with every catch and was called on to stop a few clear chances from Dover.

Slowly the Dons started to create some chances of their own and with half an hour gone Richard Butler latched himself onto a Jay Conroy though ball in the box and after giving the defender the slip he knocked the ball back across the box into the path of Andy Frost who had came running in and hit the a sweet left foot shot in his stride into the far side off the net.

The second half saw Dover pushing hard for the equaliser, again and again Paul Smith was called into action including a shot that he push over the bar, the Dons opened up a two goal lead just past the hour when Rob 'the Wizard' Ursell received the ball on the wing, did a single roll over and hot a cross come shot that dipped into the six yard box, Richard Butler went for a diving head but just missed the ball which carried on traveling towards the goal and pass the diving keeper two nil.

Dover pulled a goal back five minutes later when a corner was headed onto the post and in the scramble for the ball they got the last touch over the line to make for an interesting last twenty minutes.

The Dons then brought back memories of Whyteleafe, when Conroy sent the ball back to Paul, which was intercepted by Dover's number nine, who then rounded Paul and sent the ball across goal, the player in the box miss hit the shot which was then returned back to him and his next shot just crept pass the post.

On seventy eight minutes Chris Gell went for the ball with a Dover's players, the Dover player got to the ball a fraction earlier, but in doing so his foot followed through and made contact with Chris Gell's ankle, Chris was then stretched off, thankfully it wasn't as serious as it looked and he should be available Saturday.

With time running out Dover had a string of corners the third of which the Dons cleared out high, but Dover sent the ball back into the box with two headers the 2nd header found a player on the six yard box and he did a overhead kick that sent the ball into the back of the net, but was judge to have been offside that lead to a chorus of "you thought you had scored, you where wrong" from the Dons fans.

The ref some how found an extra eight or nine minutes extra time before he finally blow his whistle to end the game and send the Dons into the next round.

Next after Dover the Don's sail on to face the Fleet.

Team : Paul Smith, Ryan Gray, Jay Conroy, Antony Howard, Steve Butler, Gavin Bolger, Rob Ursell (73), Gareth Graham, Chris Gell (78), Richard Butler, Andy Frost (90)

Subs Used : Leon McDowall (90), Jon-Barrie Bates (78), Wes Goggin (73)

Subs Not Used : Jamie Marriot, Steve Gibson

Goalscorers : Andy Frost (32), Robert Ursell (66)

Goals Against : Tom Hickman (71)

Attendance : 692

League Match
Saturday 1st January 2005
AFC Wimbledon 1-2 Whyteleafe

Two soft goal's cost the Dons three points, Whyteleafe had the early chance's with ex-Dons Sully and Sidwell looking well up for the game, Sully was causing Ryan Gray trouble down the wing and Lee playing more central seem to have a bit more bit in his challenge's and had a curling shot tipped away by Danny Naisbitt.

After going close a few times, the Dons finally took the lead on thirty nine minutes when Leon McDowall curled a high ball to the far post where an unmarked Ryan Gray leaped and headed the ball over the Leafe's keeper.

The Dons then squandered another couple of chances to extend the lead, with half time approaching Whyteleafe went on the attack and received a freekick the ball was limply punched away by Danny, who then collided with a leafe player and went down and was unable to react in time to the snap shot from Paul Scott, who if my memory serves me right became the first ex AFCDon to score against us.

The second half started brightly with the Dons seeing plenty of the ball, but again and again the Whyteleafe keeper was on hand to claim the ball or make some last minute saves to frustrate the Dons,

The best chance fell to Leon McDowall who was unmarked in the box, as the ball was played across to him Leon swung his rectus femoris (see below) and completely missed the ball.

At the other end of the pitch Danny suddenly stopped taking the goal kicks and looked in pain as he limp off on seventy one minutes as he was replaced by Paul Smith (the news on Danny is that he has torn his rectus femoris (kicking muscle) and will be out for about six weeks.

With ten minutes left the Dons were still going forward looking for another goal, while Whyteleafe were starting to look for a break away and after a bad back pass from Julian Sills they got their chance, Paul Smith was beaten to the ball and the Leafe had two men over to knock the ball into the back of the net and take all three points.

Team :Danny Naisbitt (sub 71), Steve Gibson, Ryan Gray, Julian Sills, Antony Howard, Steve Butler, Robert Ursell, Chris Gell, Richard Butler, Leon McDowall, (sub 67) Jon-Barrie Bates (sub 67)

Subs Used : Andy Frost (sub 67), Gareth Graham (sub 67) , Paul Smith (sub 71)

Subs Not Used : Jay Conroy, Gavin Bolger

Goalscorers : Ryan Gray (39)

Goals Against : Paul Scott (45), Mark Tompkins (81)

Attendance : 3,102

League Match

Monday 27th December 2004
Dorking 0-2 AFC Wimbledon

A goal in each half was enough to secure three points in front of a bumper crowd away to Dorking.

The pitch may have been frozen down one wing, but the ref allowed the game to go ahead which was ironic as he spent the next ninety minutes of the match stopping and starting it with his whistle, a Christmas gift by any chance?

After missing a couple of chances mainly from set pieces the Dons could have gone behind after a cross was not punched clear and Dorking put the ball in the back of the net, but fortunately the linesman had raised his flag for offside.

With half an hour gone the Dons finally took the lead, Gareth Graham floated a freekick in from the left wing and Leon McDowall nipped in a the near post and just beat his marker to the ball and guided the ball pass the keeper.

The second goal came on the hour mark again from the left side, Ryan Gray sent in a corner that the Dorking keeper looked to have claimed with ease, but somehow the ball slipped unchallenged through his hands and into the path of Antony Howard who sent a header back across the goal into the back of the net for his first goal for the club and raise some money for the ground fund well done Frankie.

Towards the end of the game the mass of traveling dons fans were to witness a wonderful sight, no not the moon rising slowly over boxhill in the background thought that was pretty good, but the return of the wizard Ursell back injury and almost straight away getting stuck into the game and a Dorking player and then producing an couple of ™ backheels and turns and livening up the final ten minutes.

Finally the ref blow his whistle for the last time and the three more points where added to the Dons total taking us to fifty points and with Horsham losing, Cray getting just a point, the Met police not playing till Wednesday and Walton & Hersham's match being called off the lead at the top increase to nine points with a game in hand, next up is the Return of the Dons as we take on Whyteleafe at Kingsmeadow and welcome back a few ex Dons in Lewis Taylor, Andy Sullivan, Chris Head, Paul Scott, Lee Sidwell and last but not least Danny Oakins.

I'm sure they will get the warm welcome they deserve, but let's hope they experience something very new to them a league defeat at Kingsmeadow.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Steve Gibson, Ryan Gray, Antony Howard, Steve Butler, Julian Sills, Jon-Barrie Bates, Gareth Graham, Chris Gell, Richard Butler, Leon McDowall

Subs Used : Jay Conroy (70), Gavin Bolger (80), Robert Ursell (80)

Subs Not Used : Paul Smith, Jones Bamfo

Goalscorers : Leon McDowall (34), Antony Howard (58)

Goals Against : N/A

Attendance : 2,536

League Match
Saturday 18th December 2004
AFC Wimbledon 2-2 Croydon Athletic

The Dons started brightly and took the lead with a string of seven or a eight passes before Chris Gell surged towards the bye line before sliding the ball to Richard Butler who was unmarked just two or three yards out from goal for a simple tap after just seven minutes.

The Dons had total controlled the game for the first twenty five minutes, but was again a mistake at the back let Croydon A's back into the game a long ball up the pitch sailed unchallenged over Antony Howard after a call of 'keeper' only to find that Danny had not come out far enough to collect the ball and Barry Stevens nipped in between them both and poked the ball pass Danny and everyone watched as the ball slowly rolled into the bottom right corner of the net.

Then it started to get a bit dirty as both sets of players seem be going just that little bit late into challenges with Martin Randall and Croydon A's Leon Johnson have their own little battle's off the ball for the rest of the half.

This was not help when on the half hour mark Martin Randall was heading toward the box only to be taken down high from the side by James Gibson who received a yellow card.

Croydon Athletic seem to have the upper hand towards the end of the half and on thirty eight minutes produces a move of four simple passes that took them from the halfway line to the edge of the box where John Fowler hit a fine shot low and across the face of the goal pass the outstretched Danny and two one up.

Wes Goggin's replaced Martin Randall at half either because of the earlier challenge.

The Dons once again came out for the second forty five minutes a completely different team, they where unable to string more than a couple of pass together and by the end of the match reverting to long balls up the field only to see the Croydon A's tall central defenders send the ball back and they always looked dangerous on the break.

Leon McDowall came on with sixty six minutes gone and the Dons finally started to hassle the Ram's defence and with seven minutes left a long ball up field eventfully paid off as the ball bounces awkwardly between Richard Butler and the Ram's defenders, Richard went to ground and it looked like his arm shoulder knocked the ball into the path of Leon on the penalty spot and he sent a cheeky lob over the approaching keeper and dropped over the line and into the back of the net to level the score.

With ninety minutes up the Rams had a string of three consecutive corners that probably left quite a few jagged nail's on the two thousand, seven hundred odd Dons and thankfully the ref finally blow his whistle for full time and with results elsewhere going our way that one point saw us extended our lead at the top of the table, but only just.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Steve Gibson, Ryan Gray, Antony Howard, Steve Butler, Julian Sills, Gareth Graham, Chris Gell, Richard Butler, Martin Randall (sub 46) ,Gary Prigent (sub 66)

Subs Used :Leon McDowall (sub 66) ,Wes Goggin (sub 46)

Subs Not Used : Jay Conroy,Paul Smith, Gavin Bolger

Goalscorers : Richard Butler (7), Leon McDowall (83)

Goals Against : Barry Stevens (26), John Fowler (38)

Attendance : 2,731

Surrey Senior Cup Match

Tuesday 14th December 2004
AFC Wimbledon 4-1 Chessington Utd

Garry Prigent notched up his fifth goal in three games with a simple tap in under the keeper after captain for the day Martin Randall laid the ball into his path in the six yard box after on eight minutes.

Then with twenty four minutes gone Gavin Bolger sent a lofted ball from one side of the pitch to the other and found the spot Steve Gibson had raced into and with one touch Gibbo set the ball between the keeper and the post to make it two nil.

The flood gates should have opened at this point if this was the same Chessington side we had hit eight pass last year in the CCL, but they had a complete different set of players and despite there low league status in this years CCL they showed some fight and similar to the second goal against Cray Andre McCollin broke fast down the wing and went into the box unchallenged for a one on one with Paul Smith (who had starting for the Dons in goal) and hit the ball low into the bottom corner two one.

Thankfully that was one of their only attacks on goal and like the Ashford game the Dons controlled the second half with ease and with ten minutes left in the game a corner from the JS-AE corner found Leon McDowall unmarked in the box who headed the ball down and goalward to make it three and with the clock running out Ryan Gray raced over the halfway line before despatching and lovely through ball to Garry Prigent on the right, who then drew the keeper towards him before pass the ball back into the centre of the box where Martin Randall side footed the ball into the top of the net and secure a home draw against Kingstonians in the next round.

Team : Paul Smith, Steve Gibson (sub 55), Wes Goggin (sub 74), Jay Conroy, Steve Butler, Julian Sills, Gavin Bolger, Jon-Barrie Bates, Leon McDowall, Martin Randall, Gary Prigent

Subs Used : Ryan Gray (sub 74) , Antony Howard (sub 55)

Subs Not Used : Gareth Graham, Danny Naisbitt, Richard Butler

Goalscorers : Gary Prigent (8), Steve Gibson (24), Leon McDowall (79), Martin Randall (90)

Goals Against : Andre McCollin (33)

Attendance : 833

League Match
Saturday 11th December 2004
Ashford Town 1-4 AFC Wimbledon

Just like in the opening game of the season the Dons went behind against Ashford, the Dons just could not get going against a well organised Ashford midfield and defence and Ashford had by far the better of the 1st half and went in with a well deserved one goal lead, the goal game from a corner and was help on at the near post into the crowded box and only the Ashford players were awake to the loose ball to knock it into an empty net.

Not for the first time this season the team that came out in the second half played the other team off the pitch, the equalising goal came after just three minutes, a Danny Naisbitt goalkick up to the half way line was helped on by Martin Randall who had out jumped his marker too Gary Prigent who then ran at the Ashford defenders before laying on a one two with Martin Randall who had moved into an open position on his left, Randalls pass back split the defence and Garry Prigent had only the keeper to beat which he did by hitting the ball low and under him.

Richard Butler scored the second after Martin Randall had again flicked on a header this time into the box, Richard held off his marker and slipped the ball low into the left corner of the net two one Dons.

On the hour mark Gary Prigent was brought down in the box and Martin Randall rammed the penalty high into the top of the net to make it three one and kill off any chance of a Ashford revival, not that the was much chance of that when the Dons are playing like this.

Ashford did make a spirited attempt to get back into the game, but Danny Naisbitt was on hand each time and it was his punched clearance from an Ashford freekick that eventually sent Richard Butlers racing from the halfway line with the ball toward goal before being bundled over on the edge of the box for a freekick to the Dons.

Gary Prigent took the freekick and hit it low round the wall and into the bottom left corner of the net to score his second goal double in successive matches and with ninety minutes gone secure three well earned points away from home.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Steve Gibson, Wes Goggin, Michael Woolner,Julian Sills, Jay Conroy, Gareth Graham, Chris Gell, Richard Butler, Martin Randall, Gary Prigent

Subs Used : Gavin Bolger, Leon McDowall, Antony Howard

Subs Not Used : Paul Smith

Goalscorers : Gary Prigent (48,90), Richard Butler (55), Martin Randall (60pen)

Goals Against : Paul Jones (22)

Attendance : 1,057

League Match
Tuesday 7th December 2004
AFC Wimbledon 4-0 Molesey

The Dons bounced back from the defeat against Cray with style with a four nil drumming of Molesey.

Molesey brought some vocal support and the Westbank had the chance to practice some friendly banter with away supporters for a change which made for a good atmosphere from the start and it didn't take long for the Dons to open the scoring, Joe Sheerin brought the ball down with his chest and then passed the ball infield to Martin Randell, who held off a couple of players before back heeling the ball into the path of Gary Prigent to drill the ball pass the keeper from eight yard out.

With the Dons putting the Molesey defence under a lot of pressure it was surprising that a second goal didn't arrive in the first half.

Molesey started better in the second half and gave Danny a couple of scares early on, but on fifty minutes a Gareth Graham corner was meet in the centre of the six yard box by the head of Ryan Gray but his header went backward towards the far end of the six yard box where Gary Prigent sent a looping head back across goal and dipping into the back of the net for his and the Dons second of the night.

Richard Butler scored the third after a long ball up field was helped on by a Molesey players head into his path, Richard brought the ball down on his chest and with his next touch slotted the ball pass the out coming keeper three nil.

The forth goal came with three minutes left Ryan Gray sent a perfectly weighted ball down the flank to Richard Butler, who took it inside his marker and hit a low cross into the box to Martin Randall who was tackled from behind before he could shoot, the loose ball few back to Richard Butler, he turned another marker by dragging the ball through his legs and chipped the ball neatly over the diving keeper.

One down seventy eight to go and three more points.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Steve Gibson (68) , Ryan Gray, Michael Woolner, Antony Howard, Julian Sills, Gary Prigent (70), Gareth Graham, Martin Randall, Joe Sheerin (39) , Chris Gell

Subs Used : Richard Butler (39), Gavin Bolger (70), Jay Conroy (68)

Subs Not Used : Paul Smith, Wes Goggin

Goalscorers : Gary Prigent (8,50), Richard Butler (70,87)

Goals Against : N/A

Attendance : 2,328

League Match
Saturday 4th December 2004
Cray Wanderers 2-0 AFC Wimbledon

First goal, first semi-final, first abandoned match and going one better than St. Blazes record these all happened at Bromley, so it was fitting that the run of seventy eight games unbeaten run was finally set in stone with our 1st defeat in the league since the 21st of February 2002.

The game got underway with the Dons starting badly and with Cray putting Danny Naisbitt under some early pressure, then it went from bad to worst within two minutes off the kick off.

Cray broke quickly and a low ball in from the just outside the corner of the box bounced in front of the Danny as he dived for the ball and over his body, he did managed to touch the ball with an outstretched hand and push the ball onto the post only to see it bounce back into the path of Crays James Miller, who just managed to get a foot to it and hit the ball into the back of the net.

The Dons finally settled into the game and started creating chance after chance, Martin Randall went close on three or four occasions, Ryan Gray had a freekick from outside the box tipped onto the post by the keeper, in another attack Ginge sent in a high ball into the box that Joe Sheerin did well to get his head to but the ball looped over the bar.

Cray's second goal came on seventy minutes Sammy Wood picked up the ball in his own half, then went on a run down the wing, evaded a tackle by Michael Woolner and then out sprinter him into the box, before drilling the ball across goal pass Danny Naisbitt and into the opposite corner of the net two nil.

Despite being two down the Dons kept going and had a few more headers go just over, but it was to be one of those days and Cray finally where given the honour of being the 1st team to beat us in a league match in over twenty one months.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Michael Woolner, Ryan Gray, Jay Conroy (74), Julian Sills (87), Antony Howard, Gareth Graham, Wes Goggin, Joe Sheerin, Martin Randall, Gavin Bolger (71)

Subs Used : Steve Butler (87), Gary Prigent (71), Richard Butler (74)

Subs Not Used : Paul Smith, Jon-Barrie Bates

Goalscorers : N/A

Goals Against : James Miller (2) and Sammy Wood (70)

Attendance : 1,082

League Match

Saturday 27th November 2004
Bashley 1-2 AFC Wimbledon

A poor first half display saw the Dons go in at half time one nil down, Bashley no six had out paced Steve Gibson down the down the right and sent over a ball that Danny Gibbons got his chest to and sent the ball back across the goal pass the static Danny Naisbitt in goal who quickly claim hand ball but to no avail.

Bashley could have gone in two or three up just from free kick outside the box, one just curling pass the top corner and with the muddy conditions (which Bashley seem to coped with ok) not helping the Dons passing game hardly any chance where created apart from set pieces.

The second half was a total different game the Dons came out firing on all cylinders and after a string of chances final levelled the score on the hour make from a Ryan Gray freekick Matt Everard rose at the back post to power home a trademark ME goal to the joy of the fans behind the goal and in the bar just behind them.

With Richard Butler replacing Joe Sherrin up front nine minutes later it added an extra bit to the Dons attack and he also got onto the score sheet himself, but saw his header from another Gray ball go just wide.

Then with time running out the had another other corner Gray sent the ball over, but it alluded everyone in the six yard box and fell to Gareth Graham at the back who sent the ball back to the far post and with Matt Everard having gone off eight minutes earlier with a knee injury it was down to Martin Randall to head the ball home this time and send the fans crazy.

The Dons had the chance to make it three, but two was enough and gave the Dons the three points and extended the unbeaten run to seventy eight, but it was close and a drew would have been a fair result.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Michael Woolner, Ryan Gray, Jay Conroy, Matt Everard (sub 82), Steve Gibson, Gareth Graham, Chris Gell, Joe Sheerin (sub 69), Martin Randall (sub 90), Gavin Bolger

Subs Used : Antony Howard (sub 82), Leon McDowall (sub 90), Richard Butler (sub 69)

Subs Not Used : Paul Smith, Joe Paris

Goalscorers : Matt Everard (60), Martin Randall (89)

Goals Against : Danny Gibbons (9)

Attendance : 920

League Match

Saturday 20th November 2004
AFC Wimbledon 2-0 Dulwich Hamlet

Seventy six became seventy seven as the Dons extended the unbeaten run with ease against a lacklustre Dulwich Hamlet side, the Dons starting eleven where unchanged from the team that kicked off against Horsham during the week with Richard Butler not available due to the injury picked up in that match Leon McDowall once again started up front with Martin Randall, Wes Goggins retained his place in the starting line up and once again gave a good account of himself until a Dulwich player landed on his foot and he limped off to be replace by Ryan Gray.

With Dulwich being pegged back in their own half the chances were coming thick and fast, Steve Gibson had a fierce shot from the edge of the box come back of the post, then on thirty eight minutes Chris Gell was brought down as he went for a ball in the box and the referee award a penalty to the Dons which the Dulwich players weren't happy and lead to a bit of scrap, Ryan Gray stepped up and hit the high pass the keeper.

Dulwich gave Danny something to do after the break, but never really troubled him or the goal again in the half, the Dons had more chance's go over or wide and it wasn't until the eighty seventy minute that the second goal came, after Martin Randall and Chris Gell had both seen shots cleared away Steve Gibson came onto the ball and adjusted his shooting boots target and hit another firm shot low and this time straight into the back of the net for a well earn goal for all his hard work in the game.

Late on in the game and back from his loan to Whyteleafe, Gareth Graham came on to replace Gavin Bolger and eager to get in the game.

The referee blow his whistle for full time with hardly any injury time player and sent the 3,000 strong crowd home happy including a bunch of happy Luton fans who come down to watch us but had missed out on watching their team win four one at roundabout town.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Steve Gibson, Wes Goggin (sub 19) , Michael Woolner, Matt Everard, Antony Howard, Robert Ursell, Chris Gell, Martin Randall, Leon McDowall (sub 57),Gavin Bolger (sub 85)

Subs Used :Ryan Gray (sub 19) ,Joe Sheerin (sub 57), Gareth Graham (sub 85)

Subs Not Used : Paul Smith, Jay Conroy

Goalscorers : Ryan Gray (37), Steve Gibson (83)

Goals Against : n/a

Attendance : 3,000

Cup Match
Tuesday 16th November 2004
Horsham 1-2 AFC Wimbledon

This could have been a tricky match as Horsham showed in the league match earlier in the season that this was a tough place to come and get a result and they had the added threat up front in ex-don Jamie Taylor, but once Martin Randall struck the ball from outside the box to give the Dons the lead on the half hour mark the result never looked in doubt and it was a bit of a surprise that the second goal took another thirty odd minutes to come.

Richard Butler on at half time for the injured Martin Randall raced onto a Leon McDowall pass in the box and drilled the ball into the bottom corner.

Horsham then started to put some tough challenges in and soon after Richard Butler had to limp off himself to be replaced by Joe Sheerin, Dave Anderson was then sent off by the referee and then with five minutes left the referee award Horsham a penalty after a challenge in the box, which Horsham converted to bring the gap to just one goal, but Horsham never looked like copying the comeback that the Dons had pulled off earlier in the season and the Dons go through to the next round.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Steve Gibson, Micky Woolner, Matt Everard, Antony Howard, Wes Goggin, Chris Gell, Gavin Bolger, Robert Ursell, Martin Randall, Leon McDowall

Subs Used : Richard Butler (45), Joe Sheerin (79)

Subs Not Used : Joe Paris, Noel Frankum, Paul Smith

Goalscorers : Martin Randall (28), Richard Butler (65)

Goals Against : (85pen)

Attendance : 864

League Match
Saturday 12th November 2004
Bromley 1-1 AFC Wimbledon

76 League Games Unbeaten
21/02/03 - Current (New
English Senior Record)
* Full List *

Three managers, fifty six different starting player, including eight different players in goal and ten subs, that's what it took to break St. Blazes record.

With the record equaled the looked to break the record at Bromley, but the game didn't start well and on sixteen minutes Danny Naisbitt went to claim the ball from a Bromley corner and was challenged unfairly by Adolph Amoako and from the challenge managed to get his head to the ball and put Bromley into the lead.

Then five minutes later Ryan Gray had to be replaced when he received a cut on his chin that later needed stitching, Ryan was replaced by Wes Goggins who settled in the position with some comfort and gave the Dons a more settled look.

The Dons then stepped up a gear and put Bromley under pressure and created some good scoring opportunities before Rob Ursell turned on the magic again and curled the ball into the top corner to level the score.

In the 2nd half the Dons seem more relaxed and started to play the ball around looking for a second goal and Bromley were hardly in the game, the Dons came close to taking the lead with some headers from a string of corners, but the 2nd goal was no forthcoming.

Bromley had a couple of late chances which Danny held onto and the referee finally blow his whistle for full time and sparked celebrations in the crowd and on the pitch as the AFC Wimbledon entered the record books.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Michael Woolner, Ryan Gray (sub 21), Antony Howard, Matt Everard, Steve Gibson, Robert Ursell, Gavin Bolger, Richard Butler (sub 88), Martin Randall, Chris Gell

Subs Used :Leon McDowall (sub 88), Wes Goggin (sub 21)

Subs Not Used : Paul Smith, Joe Sheerin, Jon-Barrie Bates

Goalscorers : Robert Ursell (32)

Goals Against : Adolph Amoako (16)

Attendance : 1,937

And the rest of the team;

Managers : Terry Eames, Nicky English & Dave Anderson

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Michael Woolner, Ryan Gray, Antony Howard, Matt Everard, Steve Gibson, Robert Ursell, Gavin Bolger, Richard Butler, Martin Randall, Chris Gell, Steve Butler, Jon-Barrie Bates, Nick Roddis, Glenn Wilson, Jay Conroy, Joe Sheerin, Jamie Taylor, Lewis Taylor, Gareth Graham, Matt Martin, Danny Oakins,Darren Dobinson, Lee Sidwell, Seb Favata, Shane Small-King, Paul Quinn, Ross Standen, Jones Bamfo, Rob Hill, Sam Elliott, Marc Skinner, Joe Hill, Andy Sullivan, Simon Bassey, Kevin Cooper, Jamie Angell, George Snee, Paul Scott, Noel Frankum, Lee Carroll, Michael Harvey, Ali Russell, Micky Fernandez, Clinton Moore, Keith Ward, Ray Merry, Leon White, Sean Daly, Tony Smith, Wade Falana, Neil Robson, Glyn Shimell, Mark Nicholas, Dave Towse

Subs Used : Leon McDowall, Wes Goggin, Gary Prigent, Clinton Moore, Ryan Luffman, Michael Rootes, Robbie Burns, Lee Passmore, Ben Garner, Andrew Petty

Goalkeepers Used : Danny Naisbitt, Matt Martin, Ross Standen, Lee Carroll, , Ray Merry, Tony Smith, Glyn Shimell & Danny Oakins

London Senior Cup Match
Tuesday 9th November 2004
AFC Wimbledon 3-1 Brimsdown Rovers

Arriving at the game before the away team is not that odd, but arriving just before kick off time and finding the away team hadn't arrived as yet is, the Brimsdown Rovers coaches finally turned up at eight fifteen due to a road accident and at eight thirty the game was able to get underway.

The 1st forty five minutes saw the Dons attacking the Athletics End, the game was a bit stop and start as Brimsdown and the Linesman seem to like the sound of the refs whistle, the Brimsdown players arrived later than their coaches for some of their tackles and the Linesman would wave offside any time the ball got past the BR back eight four.

Then just before half time Rovers had a corner and as the ball came across Count D Naisbitt went up for the ball and dropped it into the crowded box and against the run of play Brimsdown Rovers had taken the lead.

In a reverse of Saturday it was the Dons that came out the quickest in the 2nd half and had had plenty of chases before they rightly levelled the score and from something similar to the BR goal the keeper was unable to clear the cross from a corner and Martin Randell was on had to stab the ball home from the edge of the six yard box

Nine minutes later the Don took the lead, again from a Ryan Gray corner on the JohnSmith side of the Westbank, it was Matt Everard that rose above the BR's defence and sent the ball into the back of the net with a METM header.

Then within a minutes it was a return of the Wizard Ursell as he took on four players sending them this way then, that way, before sending then the other way while rounding the keeper for a simple Ursell tap in.

Final score three one and through to the next round where the Dons take on Fisher Athletic at Kingsmeadow.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Steve Gibson (sub 82), Ryan Gray, Michael Woolner, Matt Everard, Steve Butler (sub 55), Robert Ursell, Chris Gell, Martin Randall, Gary Prigent (sub 40), Gavin Bolger

Subs Used : Richard Butler (sub 40), Antony Howard (sub 55), Leon McDowall (sub 82)

Subs Not Used : Jon-Barrie Bates, Paul Smith

Goalscorers : Martin Randall (69), Matt Everard (78), Robert Ursell (79)

Goals Against : Michael Pelley (45)

Attendance : 682

Cup Match
Saturday 6th November 2004
Hendon 3-0 AFC Wimbledon
FA Trophy 1st Round

For the first forty five minutes the Dons looked the better side, but were unable to make the possession count and went in at half time level.

That all changed after the break Hendon came out of the blocks the quickest and before the dons could settle back into the game we were two nil down, the 1st came just three minutes into the half when Hendon sent in a cross to the far post Eugene Ofori rose at planted the ball into the net.

Only another three minutes had past before the Dons where two down Mark Nicholls was given the freedom of the box and gave Danny no chance with the shot.

With the Dons looking to get back into the game Hendon sat back on soaked up the Dons pressure wrapped the game up with a third with seven minutes left when Mark Nicholls scored his second of the game and sent the Dons crashing out of the FATrophy and back down the Northern Misery Line

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Michael Woolner, Ryan Gray, Antony Howard, Matt Everard, Steve Butler, Robert Ursell, Jon-Barrie Bates (sub 72), Richard Butler (sub 64), Gary Prigent (sub 70), Chris Gell

Subs Used : Joe Sheerin (sub 64), Leon McDowall (sub 70), Gavin Bolger (sub 72)

Subs Not Used : Paul Smith, Steve Gibson

Goalscorers : n/a

Goals Against : Eugene Ofori (48), Mark Nicholls (51), Mark Nicholls (83)

Attendance : 1,184

League Match
S.Butlers Celebration Tuesday 2nd November 2004
AFC Wimbledon 3-0 Fleet Town

The Dons sailed pass the Fleet with a solid and professional performance three nil win and in doing so equalling the English senior record with St. Blazey AFC on seventy five league games unbeaten.

The 1st half was pretty even and not many chance to speak of for either sides, the real entertainment came off the pitch as a band of Westbank Wombles chanted and clapped 'Anderson Yellow and Blue Army' for the full forty five plus minutes without a break well done.

In the second half the Dons step up a gear and put the Fleet's keeper under some pressure, the Dons finally breached the Fleets defences from another Ryan Gray corner just pass the hour found Steve Butler at the near post and he guided the ball with his head into the back of the net.

Eight minutes later our other Butler, Richard powered pass the last man on the half way line and headed towards goal, the keeper came out to meet him on the edge of the box, but Richard rounded the keeper and from an very acute angle knocked the ball towards the which then hit the inside of the far post and rolled in.

New signing from Crystal Palace Gary Prigent made his debut on seventy eight minutes when Mr.Anderson made a double substitution also bring on Gavin Bolger to replace Rob Ursell and Martin Randell and almost immediately had a chance similar to Richard Butlers goal, but the defender was able to challenge him before he got into the box.

The third goal came from the spot, from a shot on goal that had been blocked Ryan Gray picked up the loose ball in the box and went to round the keeper who took his legs away while going down for the ball, Ryan picked himself up and place the ball on the spot then it a firm shot straight pass the keeper.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Michael Woolner, Ryan Gray, Antony Howard, Matt Everard, Steve Butler, Robert Ursell (sub 78), Chris Gell, Richard Butler(sub 88), Martin Randall (sub 78), Jon-Barrie Bates

Subs Used : Gavin Bolger (sub 78), Leon McDowall (sub 88), Gary Prigent (sub 78)

Subs Not Used : Steve Gibson, Paul Smith

Goalscorers : Steve Butler (63), Richard Butler (71), Ryan Gray (88)

Goals Against : N/A

Attendance : 2,332

League Match

Saturday 30th October 200
AFC Wimbledon 2-2 Tooting & Mitcham Utd

The Merton derby got off to a bad start with T&M going close in the first minute and then worst on five minutes the Dons had a corner which say T&M breakaway up field to the halfway line were Nick Roddis then sent the ball skyward back to Danny Naisbett who had to bring the ball down while being challenged be a T&M player and cleared the ball out only to another T&M player who ran into the box and calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net.

Then on fourteen minutes Antony Howard had to be replaced after an earlier clash of head with T&M's Howard who had already gone off and just like the Thurock match Chris Gell was sent back into defence as cover, Tooting had more of the chances, but it was the Dons who scored next as Ryan Gray was once again the provider of a corner that Matt Everard just failed to connect with and the ball sailed to the back of the box where Jon-Barrie Bates head the ball back across goal and found Martin Randall who some how volleyed the ball into the back of the net and bring the scores level.

The lead only lasted only ten minutes as the Dons defence again pressed the self-destruct button and a ball into the box found a T&M player unmarked, his shot pasted Danny but hit the post only to fall at the feet of T&M's top scorer John Hastings who poked the ball home from close range.

The second half didn't start any better and had it not been for some good saves from Danny Naisbitt the score could have been higher, but his habit of punching away every ball into the box was causing a few hearts in the three thousand plus crowd to skip a beat or two, Nick Roddis was also having a mare of a game and nearly gifted T&M another goal just before he was replaced by Steve Gibson on the hour mark.

The Dons finally started showing some fighting spirit and a through ball saw Richard Butler holding off two T&M players into the box were one of them clipped his heels bring him down and the ref awarded a penalty, Rob Ursell stepped up and sent the ball to his right, but the T&M keeper chose correctly and got across well to parry away the ball which was then cleared up field.

The Dons finally leveled the score with fifteen minutes remaining when Rob Ursell managed to get the ball to the byline in the box then pulled it back and laid the ball into the path of Martin Randall on the six yard box to thump the ball into the back of the net and send the crowd mental.

Both teams went looking for the winner and both came close Rob Ursell coming closes with his curling shot that hit the wrong side of the post and bounced out deep into injury time, so the 1st league meeting against T&M since 63-64 ends in a draw but only just.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Michael Woolner, Ryan Gray, Antony Howard (sub 14), Matt Everard, Steve Butler, Robert Ursell, Chris Gell, Richard Butler, Martin Randall (sub 79), Nick Roddis (sub 60)

Subs Used : Steve Gibson (sub 60), Joe Sheerin (sub 79), Jon-Barrie Bates (sub 14)

Subs Not Used : Leon McDowall, Paul Smith

Goalscorers : Martin Randall (28, 76)

Goals Against : Matt Howard (5), John Hastings (38)

Attendance : 3,268

Cup Match
Tuesday 25th October 2004
AFC Wimbledon 2-0 Flackwell Heath

Mr. Anderson put out a fairly strong team against Flackwell Heath who despite their dogged perseverance (they where a bit like a Jack Russell snapping around at your ankles annoying but not really getting very far) the failed to create anything that troubled Danny in goal, but then again neither did the Dons and it was just the two goals late in both half's that settled the game and were enough to send the Dons through to the next round of the Bryco Cup.

The 1st goal came on forty minutes after Martin Randall was felled while turning his marker in the box for witch the ref awarded a penalty and Martin stepped up and firmly hit the ball to the keepers left as the keeper dived right.

The second goal came on the stroke of full time Ryan Gray sent over a corner to the near post were Steve Butler rose and sent the ball sideways into the near side of the goal.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Steve Gibson (off 68), Michael Woolner, Antony Howard,Matt Everard, Steve Butler, Gavin Bolger (off 90), Nick Roddis (off 68), Martin Randall, Leon McDowall, Jon-Barrie Bates

Subs Used : Ryan Gray (on68), (sub 68) Robert Ursell (on68), Joe Paris (on90)

Subs Not Used : Paul Smith, Chris Gell

Goalscorers : Martin Randall (40), Steve Butler (88)

Goals Against : n/a

Attendance : 1,063

League Match
Saturday 23rd October 200
Metropolitan Police 1-1 AFC Wimbledon

The long arm of the law or more precise Stuart Mackenzie the Met Police keeper pulled of a string of saves to keep the Dons from taking the lead in the very wet conditions.

Richard Butler limped off on thirty minutes and was replaced with Leon McDowall and just after that the Met Police snatched the lead, after Roddis was wrestled to the ground and handcuffed on the half way line the Met Police broke down the door wing and laid on a perfectly weighted cross to the head of Rob Haworth, who sent the ball lopping of Dannys and into the back of the net.

With the rain getting stronger in the second half both teams found it hard going, the Dons where creating the better chances but again Stuart Mackenzie was in top form stopping, blocking and claiming everything the Dons set his way.

With just under an hour gone the Dons pressure finally broke through the Police barricade as Ryan Gray ran in the box from the left and fired home a fierce shot across the box and into the back of the net to give the Dons the equaliser, the rest the match sailed pass with both team looking to get out of the rain and finally the ref blow his whistle after about two seconds of injury time played.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Steve Gibson (sub 82), Ryan Gray, Antony Howard, Glenn Wilson, Steve Butler, Robert Ursell, Chris Gell, Richard Butler (sub 38), Martin Randall, Nick Roddis

Subs Used : Gavin Bolger (sub 82), Leon McDowall (sub 38)

Subs Not Used : Paul Smith, Matt Everard, Jon-Barrie Bates

Goalscorers : Ryan Gray (59)

Goals Against : Rob Haworth (40)

Attendance : 1,450

Cup Match
Saturday 16th October 2004
TheFA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round
AFC Wimbledon 0-2 Thurrock

Oh well the FACup dream is over for another year as the Dons came up against the Thurrock a team from the land of the giants and come up short.

It was all going so well the FA Cup itself was on display in the back bar, Robert Ursell received his well earn award for player of the round before the match and even the heavy rainfall wasn't a problem.

Thurrock kicked off with the Dons attacking the Westbank and from the off the Dons looked to have the upper hand as they put Thurrock under pressure at the back, the Dons should have had a goal in the 1st couple of minutes as a Ryan Gray corner was swung into the near post Gavin Bolger rose and headed the ball pass the Thurrock defender on the line, but the had apparently seen as push and disallowed the goal and awarded Thurrock a freekick.

The Dons kept creating good chances and managed another ten to twelve corners in the 1st quarter of an hour, but where unable to get anywhere near the ball in the box as Thurrock had settled into the game and were cleaning up an ball into the box.

Twenty minutes gone the Dons and more to the point Jay Conroy's head received a massive blow, which meant the Dons had to make an unwanted change at the back and Jay had to be stretched off and taken to hospital with suspected concussion, thankfully he was given the all clear and allowed to leave hospital Saturday night, but will not be available for at least a couple of weeks.

The Dons had Steve Butler on the bench, but he was not fully fit and was not expected to last the remaining seventy minutes so the bench decided to replace Jay with Nick Roddis who went into midfield and Chris Gell who had been running things in midfield dropped back into defence.

With just under half an hour gone Thurrock had their 1st real attempt on goal and from it received a corner, the ball was floated into the six yard box where Thurrock's captain Jimmu McFarlane was able to jump unmarked and head the ball into the back of the net.

Richard Butler had an excellent chance to level the score, but the ball seem to get stuck in the muddy surface and didn't have enough pass to go over the line.

The second half started in the same manner the Dons going forward looking for a goal to level the score, but with just six minutes gone Thurrock's striker Tesor Kanol broke from the halfway line and with Danny Naisbitt coming out to meet him chipped him Joe Sheerin style from just outside the box.

Two nil Thurrock job done shut up shop and that's what Thurrock did for the rest of the half quite successfully, the Dons gave it their best shot and at times looked the better team despite the difference in league positions, especially when passing the ball around on the deck which can only be a good sign for the future.

So its back to the league challenge for us for now and with the Met Police failing to take advantage of our cup run and losing at home to Cray Wanderers we kept a six point gap at the top with games in hand and next up for us is the an away trip to Imber Court to face the Met Police this Saturday.

At lease we still in four other cups and to reach the Third Round Qualifying was pretty good going and we took the scalps of two teams from higher divisions along the way, AFC Wimbledon Giant Killers in the making.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Steve Gibson, Ryan Gray, Antony Howard, Glenn Wilson, Jay Conroy (sub 21), Robert Ursell (sub 78), Chris Gell, Richard Butler, Jon-Barrie Bates (sub 71), Gavin Bolger

Subs Used : Martin Randal (sub 78), Nick Roddis (sub 21) ,Jamie Taylor (sub 71)

Subs Not Used : Paul Smith, Steve Butler

Goalscorers : n/a

Goals Against : Jimmu McFarlane (28), Tesor Kanol (51)

Attendance : 3,007

Cup Match

Saturday 9th October 2004
AFC Wimbledon 2-0 Metropolitan Police
FATrophy Preliminary Round

Well they can't all be pretty, the Met Police had the better of the first ten to fifteen minutes and put Dons defence under the screw on a couple of occasions, but could not make anything of it.

The Dons then had a few chances go close, just after half an hour had gone when Martin Randell was brought down but the ref wave played and Steve Gibson ran down the Met Police's left wing and sent in a low ball that was hoofed out for a corner the ref then booked the Met Police player who felled Randell, from the corner Ryan Gray sent over a low cross that Richard Butler and the keeper went for, it was the keeper who got to the ball first only to punch it into the back of the net, it was a bit fuzzy over who had scored as it did not get announce as an own goal until half time.

The Met where unlucky not to have equalized shortly after after that had a firm shot curled pass the diving Danny Naidbitt's only for the ball to hit the post and fly right across the open goal and out for a goal kick, Danny then had to use his get out of jail card again after he let a back pass escape under his foot and head towards the line and managed to scramble back and clean his line.

One nil at half time.

The second half was a non event, as it seemed that it was not only most of the low crowd that was hoping for the game to finish so they could go watch the England Wales game, Ryan Gray broke down the left about three times near the end of the game the first two cross ended on the running track behind the ground but the third on ninety minute's was a perfect cross that saw Chris Gell steal a yard on his marker and head the ball home from six yard out.

In the end the Dons did just enough to nick the result and will now face Mr. Andersons old club Hendon and the Met Police will have to go back to training.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Steve Gibson, Ryan Gray, Antony Howard, Glenn Wilson, Jay Conroy, Robert Ursell, Chris Gell, Richard Butler, (sub 75) Martin Randall, Jon-Barrie Bates

Subs Used : Jamie Taylor (sub 75)

Subs Not Used : Gavin Bolger, Paul Smith, Leon McDowall, Wes Goggin

Goalscorers : Own Goal Stuart Mackenzie (36), Chris Gell (90)

Goals Against : n/a

Attendance : 1,785

Cup Match

Saturday 2nd October 2004
Dunstable Town 0-3 AFC Wimbledon

A Wizards hat-trick saw the Dons cruise pass Dunstable Town and on to the third qualifying round of the FACup where we will meet Thurrock from the Conference South.

Both sides had the early chances, but it was the dons that looked the most likely to score and on fifteen minutes after some good work by Joe Sheerin on the right, he laid the ball off to Jon-Barrie Bates who passed it through to Rob Ursell just outside the D, Rob then rolled the ball back inside and hit the ball firmly into the top right corner of the net and just out of reach of the last minute dive by the keeper.

The Dons then took control with JBB and Chris Gell not allowing Dunstable any time in the middle and Ryan Gray and Steve Gibson also giving them little down the wings and Dunstable only chances came from set pieces.

On the half hour mark Joe Sheerin was bundled off a through ball that went on to Richard Butler, but between him and Rob Ursell they could not make it two mainly down to some good work by their keeper and defenders on the line and the Don received a corner Joe received some treatment while it was being taken and came back on, but never looked comfortable and was replaced by Martin Randall three minutes later.

Steve Gibson went on a run straight down the centre of the pitch pass four or five players, before hitting a shot to close to the keeper, then just before half time he sent over an in swinging cross that Richard Butler managed to get his head to and send it across the six yard box where Rob Ursell sprung up at the far post and head home the ball and himself into the back of the net two nil.

With Dunstable now having the strong wind in their favour and quite a few over six foot players it could have been a tough second half, but it became more physical than tough and Richard Butler and Danny Naisbitt were both tackled late early on, but both battled on, though Richard was eventually sub on eighty five minutes.

With eight minutes gone in the second half Steve Gibson was again the provider of an excellently weighted ball up field that JBB went up for and out jumped the big defender and in the process headed the ball on to the Wizard who controlled the ball with his knee, turned and hit a looping ball from way out side the box over the keeper, who could on stand an watch as the ball dipped under the bar and in, pure magic and not a bad way to get the hat-trick and kill the game off.

Rob could have made it four soon after as he ran on to a through ball, but was unable to get round the keeper, who with twenty minutes still remaining was awarded the man of the match by the home teams match sponsors, maybe just before they left to go back to the bar ;-).

Towards the end of the game one of the home supporters decided he wanted to congratulate the keeper personal and ran the full length of the pitch stark naked and jumped in to the arms of the keeper, who had been having problems with balls all match, but this was a bit much the streaker then went running towards the linesman and did a slow motion tackle on him, which the lino complete missed and ended up on the ground, the streaker was the taken away by the local police and the game continued.

Both teams created little chances after that and the Dons ran the clock and left the pitch to a standing ovation for another solid performance against a higher placed team.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Steve Gibson, Glenn Wilson, Antony Howard, Jay Conroy, Chris Gell, Jon-Barrie Bates, Richard Butler (sub 85), Ryan Gray, Joe Sheerin (sub 33), Robert Ursell (sub 90)

Subs Used : Gavin Bolger (sub 85), Martin Randall (sub 33), Leon McDowall (sub 90)

Subs Not Used : Nick Roddis, Paul Smith

Goalscorers : Robert Ursell (16, 45, 53)

Goals Against : n/a

Attendance : 1,910

League Match

Wednesday 29th September 2004
Corinthian-Casuals 0-3 AFC Wimbledon

After a fairly quite start by both teams the dons again scored two goals in quick succession, the 1st again created and scored by the Wizard Ursell after picking up the ball on the edge of the box ran at the defenders an hit a shot that was heading towards goal until a Casuals player ducked in the way an the ball bounced of his back and down to the feet of Rob who then lobbed the keeper from close range and the ball dipped under the bar

The second goal was a fine low strike from the edge of the box into the bottom right corner of the net and unlike Leatherhead or Hastings, the Corinthians never looked like troubling Danny Naisbitt in goal, the only shots they had were from long range and both went way over the bar and only troubled the owners of the cars parked over the back of the fence.

The third goal came with fifteen minutes left in the half Joe Sheerin and Richard Butler worked the ball through the Casuals defence before laying the ball off two off to Rob Ursell who rounded the keeper before hit the ball into the back of the net, three nil and a very comfortable win.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Steve Gibson (sub 57), Ryan Gray, Antony Howard, Glenn Wilson, Jay Conroy, Robert Ursell, Chris Gell, Joe Sheerin (sub 77), Richard Butler, Jon-Barrie Bates (sub 75)

Subs Used : Gavin Bolger (sub 57), Michael Woolner (sub 75), Martin Randall (sub 77)

Subs Not Used : Paul Smith, Jamie Taylor

Goalscorers : Robert Ursell (35,72), Richard Butler (38)

Goals Against : n/a

Attendance : 1,300

League Match
Saturday 25th September 2004
AFC Wimbledon 3-1 Hastings United

The dons had to battled hard in the 1st half either team's could have gone in at half time with a lead, but both keepers where in top form and the score remained nil all.

The second half was also fairly even in the first fifteen minutes, then two goals in two minutes gave the dons the upper hand, the break though came on sixty three minutes when Rob Ursell threaded a ball through to Richard Butler on the left side of the box, he then ran the ball into the six yard box holding of two defenders and fired the ball low into the near bottom corner.

Goal number two was also created by the Wizard Ursell after picking the ball up just in side Hastings half he ran at the defenders and after turning their number two inside out a couple of time jinxed in a low ball for Richard Butler and the keeper both went for, the keeper managed to get to the ball a fraction before Butler but was unable to scoop the ball up and set the ball outward of his chest toward the edge of the box where Joe Sheerin had turned up and Joe chipped the ball over the out stretched keepers hand and into the back of the net.

Hastings pulled a goal back seven minutes later and sent fears of Leatherhead around the ground, after the dons had tried to clear the box twice, 1st Danny punched the ball out only for the ball to be headed back in and then headed again the ball was returned back in, but this time lower down and Sean Ray was able to stick out a foot between two defenders and sent the ball towards goal and pass the diving Danny into the bottom corner.

The Dons held firm and made it safe when Martin Randall with his back towards goal on the center circle flicked the ball out to the wing for Jamie Taylor who took the ball down the wing to the ball to the byline and sent in a low cross in the box, where Martin Randall had run into and with the ball coming towards him at about hip height he got down well and head the ball out of the keeper reach in to the corner of the goal and secure three more well earned points.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Steve Gibson, Ryan Gray, Antony Howard, Glenn Wilson, Jay Conroy, Robert Ursell (sub 73), Chris Gell, Joe Sheerin (sub 86), Richard Butler (sub 90), Jon-Barrie Bates

Subs Used : Gavin Bolger (sub 73), Jamie Taylor (sub 86), Martin Randall (sub 90)

Subs Not Used : Paul Smith, Nick Roddis

Goalscorers : Richard Butler (63), Joe Sheerin (65), Martin Randall (90)

Goals Against : Sean Ray (72)

Attendance : 2,873

Cup Match
Saturday 18th September 2004
Dover 0-1 AFC Wimbledon

After taking on and beating Ashford Town at home, it was another Kent side standing in the way of the Dons, this time the mass ranks of Dons supporter made their way to Dover by cars, trains, coaches and strech4x4's they came.

On reaching the top of the hill were the Crabble ground lay they found waiting for them not the usual fifty or so, but a band of six hundred vocal locals waiting to give the Dons a bit of friendly banter, the Dons crowd on there own is usual pretty good, but how it added to the atmosphere of the game and gave it that tense cup feeling.

The game kicked off with the Don's attacking the home end and Dover started off kicking the Dons, to be fair there where some hefty challenges, but nothing we haven't seen, and at time done ourselves over the year's ask Steve McMahon 8-), it was a cup tie and both teams were giving their, just that ours was more to do with the ball.

With quite a few players out through injuries the Dons started with Richard Butler alone up front, with Robert Ursell in-between him and the midfield and the two Eagles of Jay Conroy and Glen Wilson started along side Anthony Howard at the back and all three gave very solid performance's.

Both the Dons and Dover had chance's, but it was the Dons who broke the deadline after just under half a hour, the Wizard Ursell conjured up a perfect pass to Richard Butler who drilled the ball home pass two Dover defenders one nil.

Just before half time the Dover keeper limped off and was replaced.

The second half saw Dover come out looking for and equalizers and their fan's where giving them plenty of encouragement, but the Dons held firm and only the brake always looked capable of scorings and on two occasions the the ball way put in the back of the net only too find that the linesman had ruled them off side.

With time ticking away Dover once again pressed forward, but Danny Naisbitt in goal was never really tested, the Dons also had chances the best fallings to Chris Gell who found himself free by the edge of the box and hit a powerful shot, but it was always rising and may have come down by now.

Finally the ref not for the 1st time, but at last for the final time blow his whistle and send the sixteen hundred traveling Dons home happy and through to the next round of the FA Cup sounds nice that doesn't it, where we will be traveling some forty odd miles North to meet Dunstable Town.

Special thanks to all at Dover for their warm welcome and to their players for applauding the Dons fans after the match, nice club hope they can survive.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Steve Gibson, Ryan Gray, Antony Howard, Glenn Wilson, Jay Conroy, Robert Ursell, Jon-Barrie Bates, Richard Butler, Gavin Bolger, Chris Gell

Subs Used : Joe Sheerin, Nick Roddis

Subs Not Used :Paul Smith, Michael Woolner, Jamie Taylor

Goalscorers : Richard Butler (26)

Goals Against : n/a

Attendance : 2,103

Video highlights can be seem here doverathleticvideo.com and on Dons Online

League Match

Tuesday 14th September 2004
AFC Wimbledon 2-2 Leatherhead

For eighty minutes the dons controlled the game and for most of the 1st half kept Leatherhead in their own half, plenty of chances few the dons way with Ryan Gray coming the closes in the 1st half with a freekick from outside of the box being left by the keeper only for it to hit the post and out.

Towards the end of the half Matt Everard went down injured and was replaced at half time by Nick Roddis who went into midfield and Jon-Barrie Bates dropped back into defence.

With an hour gone the dons received a corner which Ryan Gray took, it was not the best of corners and that was what probable through the Leatherhead defence, as the ball came over around about knee height two Leatherhead and the keeper missed the ball and it went through to the centre of the goal where Jamie Taylor was on hand to tap the ball home.

Antony Howard nearly made it two, but his header was cleared of the line, then ten minutes later the second goal came after Richard Butler held off a Leatherhead player and laid the ball off to the Wizard Ursell after a couple of rollovers he then guided the ball into the bottom right corner of the goal.

Leatherhead made a couple of changes and with the full vocal support of their band of thirty or so travelling supporters they went on the attack for the last ten minutes, the dons seem to be taken back by this and started to rush passes and clearances which on gave the ball back to Leatherhead and with eighty nine minutes on the clock Leatherhead s' Dave Stevens score to make it two one.

Then with their next attack Dave Stevens was again let through on goal and calmly place the ball to Danny Naisbitt's left two all and if it hadn't been for the ref blowing up after little or no injury time Leatherhead may have gone on to get a winner, but as he did and they didn't the Dons and Tanners shared the points.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Steve Gibson, Ryan Gray, Antony Howard, Matt Everard (sub 45) , Chris Gell, Robert Ursell, Gavin Bolger, Jon-Barrie Bates, Jamie Taylor, Richard Butler

Subs Used : Nick Roddis (sub 45)

Subs Not Used : Paul Smith, Leon McDowall, Paul Quinn, Joe Sheerin

Goalscorers : Jamie Taylor (66), Robert Ursell (76)

Goals Against : Dave Stevens (89), (90)

Attendance : 2,397

League Match
Saturday 11th September 2004
Croydon 3-0 AFC Wimbledon

Not the most entertaining of first half, both teams seem to struggle to get any flow to their games with the strong wind circulating the ground not helping, Robert Ursell had a couple of good chances that caused the keeper some concern but he was also having a quite game.

The only couple of incident of the 1st half happened late of the 1st when Jamie Taylor was through on goal and the Croydons keeper rushed out to meet him, this had the result of Jamie going up in the air about three to four foot and nothing else, not even a word in the ear by the ref, the second incident happen just on half time from a corner the keeper came to claim the near post ball and clattered into (not on purpose) Steve Butler, who had to leave the field with what was later reported to be a cracked rib along with another couple chipped and will be out for about six weeks, Steve was replaced by new signing Nick Roddis who slotted into midfield.

The second half saw the both teams have attempts on goal early on, but still no goals came, Jamie Taylor up front with Joe Sheerin wasn't having much luck despite all his efforts and on sixty five minutes was replaced by Richard Butler and his extra strength seem to be the difference from the on the dons had the upper hand first he hit the bar then another corner saw Anthony Howard head the ball onto the bar before after only three minutes Richard Butler was in the right place to knock home a ball headed down by Joe Sheerin from a Robert Ursell freekick.

On eighty minutes some good work by Joe Sheerin and a delightful backheel by the Wizard Ursell allowed Ryan Gray to brake free down the left wing and cross in a ball about chest height, which Richard Butler swooped down and headed home.

With six minutes left Leon McDowall who has been scoring goals fro fun in the reserves made his debut coming on for Joe Sheerin and then to top off his day he found himself alone in the box when Nick Roddis after winning the ball in midfield laid on a lovely chipped ball to his feet and Leon had only to knock the ball pass the keeper, which he did with easy.

So another well fought for three points and clean sheet against a well organised Croydon team.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Steve Gibson, Ryan Gray, Antony Howard, Jon-Barrie Bates, Steve Butler (sub 45) , Robert Ursell, Chris Gell, Jamie Taylor (sub 65) , Joe Sheerin (sub 84), Gavin Bolger

Subs Used : Leon McDowall (sub 84), Richard Butler (sub 65), Nick Roddis (sub 45)

Subs Not Used : Paul Smith, Paul Quinn

Goalscorers : Richard Butler (68), (81), Leon McDowall (90)

Goals Against : n/a

Attendance : 1,219

Cup Match
This is what our keeper looks like Ashford. Saturday 4th September 2004
AFC Wimbledon 3-0 Ashford Town (K)

Finally back in the FACup, the Dons set out their stall from the off, attack the Westbank the Dons put Ashford under pressure, the Ashford keeper John Whitehouse had to be at his best from the start

The Dons had already came close on four of five occasions, even the defenders where taking pot shots, a flying volley from Michael Woolner at the back of the six yard box hit the side netting and Matt Everard stuck a ball from outside the box that just went over the bar.

Then Ryan Gray who has settled into the new formation started doing what he did all of last season, flying down the wing he sent over an inch perfect low ball for Richard Butler to slot home from six or seven yard out, one nil the Dons.

The second half saw the Dons on the attack once again with Jamie Taylor and Robert Ursell both coming close, the second goal came on sixty five minutes, the ref awarded the Dons a penalty after a ball into the box had been punched, nothing wrong with that you say until your told it was by a defender not a bad punch though.

The Wizard Ursell lined up the penalty and unlike his last attempt he didn't need a second go send the keeper the wrong way two nil

With the clock running out the Wizard Ursell showed off his favourite party trick and guided the ball pass the Ashford keeper, it's not just the Cup that's magic.

Dover here we come.....

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Michael Woolner, Antony Howard, Matt Everard, Steve Butler, Ryan Gray, Gavin Bolger, Chris Gell, Robert Ursell, Jamie Taylor, Richard Butler

Subs Used : Steve Gibson, Jon-Barrie Bates, Joe Sheerin

Subs Not Used : Paul Smith, Leon McDowall

Goalscorers : Goalscorers : Richard Butler (25), Robert Ursell (65), Robert Ursell (90)

Goals Against : n/a

Attendance : 2,696

League Match

Monday 30th August 2004
Whyteleafe 0 AFC Wimbledon
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A single trademark Matt Everard headed goal on fifty four minutes from a corner gave the dons the three points in a tight and physical match, Whyteleafe had their best chance in the 1st half when a shot from distance flew past the diving Danny Naisbitt and hit the post and out.

Martin Randall was replaced on the half an hour mark after a crunching tackle left him limping, he was not the only dons player to go off injury as all three subs came on for injured players, Robert Ursell received a knock late on in the game and Michael Woolner was on the end of a Catona style chop by ex Don Andrew Petty who received a yellow card.

No much else happened in the match apart from another tackle, when Richard Butler was clear through on goal and was clipped from behind again only a yellow card was given, but the dons did get a free kick that ended with the corner that produced the goal, so some justice there then.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Michael Woolner, Antony Howard, Matt Everard, Steve Butler, Ryan Gray, Gavin Bolger, Chris Gell, Robert Ursell, Martin Randall, Richard Butler,

Subs Used : Steve Gibson, Jon-Barrie Bates, Joe Sheerin

Subs Not Used : Paul Smith, Jamie Taylor, Lewis Taylor

Goalscorers : Matt Everard (54)

Goals Against : n/a

Attendance : 1,573

League Match

Saturday 28th August 2004
AFC Wimbledon 3
Walton & Hersham 1

Walton & H made the better start and for the first twenty five minutes they put the dons under pressure at the back and on twenty four minutes they took the lead after the linesman waved for a handball in the box and the referee Alison Chapman awarded a penalty, which was put away by W&H Neil Lampton.

Within minutes W&H nearly double the lead when they broke down the left and crossed the ball and found Mark Nwokeji unmarked in the six yard box blasted the ball over the bar.

This seemed to wake the dons up and after a couple of close chances to level the match Richard Butler ran onto a through ball and rounded the keeper on the edge of the box and rammed the ball in to the back of the net one all.

The dons attack the Westbank in the 2nd half and from the start where testing the W&H keeper, the Wizard Ursell near gave the dons the lead when he caught the keeper of guard and just curled the ball from outside the box,but the keeper just tipped it over the bar for a corner from which Matt Everard also nearly scored with his head.

Joe Sheerin replaced Martin Randell up front and on seventy three minutes he broke free on the right wing and headed towards goal only to find the keeper rushing out to meet him, Joe chipped the ball pass him, Richard Butler chased after the ball that was going wide of goal with a defender in toe and just as Richard was about to reach the ball the W&H defender shoved him in the back sending flying into the hoarding and the ref awarded her second penalty of the match, the Wizard stepped up and placed the ball on the spot the keeper saved the penalty but the ball came back to the Wizard who just dinked the ball back over the keeper two one.

With ninety minutes on the clock Joe Sheerin once again went clear on the right wing and headed for goal and for reason known only to him the keeper again rushed out to meet him, having already had a practice shot earlier Joe made no mistake this time and lobbed the keeper into the back of the net.

Full time 3-1 and five out of five so far and with the Old William not able to conquer in Hastings the dons have opened up a three point gap at the top of the table.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Michael Woolner, Antony Howard, Matt Everard, Steve Butler, Ryan Gray, Lewis Taylor, Gavin Bolger, Chris Gell, Robert Ursell, Martin Randall, Richard Butler

Subs Used : Joe Sheerin, Jamie Taylor, Jon-Barrie Bates

Subs Not Used : Paul Smith, Steve Gibson

Goalscorers : Richard Butler (35), Robert Ursell (73), Joe Sheerin (90)

Goals Against : Lampton (24pen)

Attendance : 2,895

League Match
Tuesday 24th August 2004
AFC Wimbledon 2 Banstead Athletic 0

The Dons came through a hard fought battle Banstead didn't offer to much of a threat up front, but their midfield and defence where solid and held out against the dons for the 1st forty five minutes and it wasn't until just before the end of the 1st half that the dons created any real chances, Richard Butler came close after lobbing the out running keeper but the ball just went over, then the Wizard Ursell went on a run at the Banstead defence but was unable to make the final ball count.

The opening goal came ten minutes into the second half the dons received a freekick in the center of the pitch about ten yards outside the box the Wizard lined the ball up and curled the ball round the wall out of the reach of the diving keeper.

Martin Randall replaced Jamie Taylor upfront on sixty one minutes and just four minutes after that Richard Butler laid the ball into his path inside the box and Martin drilled the ball into the top of the net.

Banstead had a couple of chances late on, the dons and Banstead had a game of head tennis in the box late on, but Danny Naisbett was never really troubled and kept a clean sheet the 1st of the season and dons ended the night with three more points and top of the table on goal difference with the Met Police hot on our tails also with twelve out of twelve points.

Team : Danny Naisbett, Michael Woolner, Antony Howard, Matt Everard, Steve Butler, Ryan Gray, Chris Gell, Gavin Bolger, Robert Ursell, Richard Butler, Jamie Taylor.

Subs Used : Martin Randall

Subs Not Used : Paul Smith, Steve Gibson, Lewis Taylor, Jon-Barrie Bates

Goalscorers : Robert Ursell (55), Martin Randall (69)

Goals Against : NA

Attendance : 2,539

League Match
Saturday 21st August 2004
Horsham 2 AFC Wimbledon 3

The dons started the game playing down hill, but it was Horsham who had the better start and after ten minutes of defending the dons took the lead against the run of play, a one two between Richard Butler and Robert Ursell left Butler with only the keeper to beat and he slide the ball under him.

The lead didn't last long, only four minutes had gone before Horsham had pulled the game level, a cross to the back post looked like it was going out, but Horsham player some how managed to get the ball back and hit the ball low into the six yard box where Gary Charman had run it to space to knock the ball pass Danny Naisbett.

With the front two of Horsham causing the back three all sort of trouble, its wasn't looking to good for the dons and it was about to get worse, when Gavin Bolger was adjudged to have fouled one of the Horsham players right on the edge of the box and from the resulting freekick Luke Gelding curled the ball just out of Danny's reach into the corner of the net and the dons looked rattled.

Just after the goal Mr.Anderson was forced to make a change as Ginge limped off and was replaced with Steve Gibson who went to left wing back and Michael Woolner moved into the space left by Ginge, the dons down settle and kept the score at two one at half time.

The 2nd half saw the dons we have got used too and from the kick off wave upon wave of attacks on the Horsham defence and with each attack either being just cleared away, saved or knocked with it was looked like one of those days when nothing would go in, the dons also had a clear penalty waved away the 2nd of the day when the Horsham defender ran straight into Richard Butler sending him flying.

Joe Sheerin came on to add to Horshams worries, the Horsham players also started to go down at any slight knock trying to waste time, which came back to haunt them later, with two minute left of the ninety minutes left Butler was again sent rolling in the box and this time the ref award a penalty, Ursell stepped up and calmly put the ball in to the back from the spot to draw the game level.

With stoppage time being played the dons the dons received a freekick on the left and with the big men coming up from the back the was only one outcome the ball was floated to the back post where Matt Everard powered the ball pass the keeper and onto the post and with the keeper still flapping at the back post Steve Butler dived in and head the ball into an open net to sparked a mass of celebrations on and off the pitch.

What a come back the team show some real steel to turn the game around and snatch the three points

Team : Danny Naisbett, Michael Woolner, Antony Howard, Matt Everard, Steve Butler, Ryan Gray, Gareth Graham, Gavin Bolger, Robert Ursell, Richard Butler, Jamie Taylor.

Subs Used : Steve Gibson, Joe Sheerin, Martin Randall

Subs Not Used : Paul Smith, Lewis Taylor

Goalscorers : Richard Butler (10), Robert Ursell (89), Steve Butler (90)

Goals Against : Gary Charman (14), Luke Gelding (28)

Attendance : 1,742

League Match
Wednesday 18th August 2004
Croydon Athletic 1 AFC Wimbledon 3

The dons recorded their 2nd successive win of the new season with an away victory against Croydon Athletic, the dons took another early lead when Richard Butler rounded the keeper and then flicked the ball back to Robert Ursell who placed the ball into the far top corner.

With half an hour gone Gavin Bolger ran at Croydon Athletic defence in to the box on the right and crossed over a low ball into the canter where the Wizard Ursell was on hand to knock in his 2nd goal of the game and give the dons some breathing space.

Just before half time the heavens opened and the heaven's rain continued for the rest of the game, the dons where finding Croydon Athletic a tougher test than the opening game against Ashford, up front Croydon Athletic had ex don Paul Scott, but the back three handled him well and gave him no chances and he was sub at half time.

Joe Sheerin replace Richard Butler on sixty five minutes and a minute later he ran on to a ball in the Croydon Athletic box and back heeled the ball into the path of Jamie Taylor who hit the ball first time round the keeper three nil.

Croydon Athletic didn't give up and on seventy two minutes got a well earned consolation when Danny Stassinos latched onto a ball that look to have come off his arm, then some bad defending allowed him to come one on one with Danny Naisbitt and he slid the ball through Dannys feet.

Three one away from home against a good team, but not the best of performances.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Michael Woolner, Ryan Gray, Anthony Howard, Matt Everard, Steve Butler, Robert Ursell, Gavin Bolger, Richard Butler, Jamie Taylor, Chris Gell

Subs Used : Joe Sheerin

Subs Not Used : Gareth Graham, Paul Smith, Martin Randall, Steve Gibson

Goalscorers : Robert Ursell (4), Robert Ursell (28), Jamie Taylor (66)

Goals Against : Danny Stassinos (72)

Attendance : 1,372

League Match

Saturday 14th August 2004
AFC Wimbledon 5 Ashford Town (K) 1

Not a bad start in our new division, the Dons stepped up to the Ryman Division One in some style today with a five one drumming of Ashford Town.

On a bright sunny day the Dons kicked off attack the westbank and from the start looked well up for the game, Ashford looked solid in defence, but their keeper did have a few doggie moments early on, then on twenty one minutes they had the cheek to go one up, from a freekick the ball bounced around in the box and Matt Bower poked the ball low pass Danny Naisbitt.

With that kick up the backside the dons stepped up a gear and two minutes later Jamie Taylor ran at the Ashford defence, slide the ball to Robert Ursell, who sold a defender a dummy leaving him on his backside he then hit a shot that the keeper was unable to hold falling in the path of the in running Jamie Taylor's chest and dropping down to an unmarked Richard Butler for a simple tap in and level the game.

Four minutes later Jamie Taylor was in the right spot again to get on the end of a cross and half volley the ball in from the six yard box, the dons went three one up on the half hour mark when Matt Everard head a corner ball goal ward which looked to be going into the diving keepers hands, until our other Butler intervened and send the ball in the opposite direction and into the back of the net to his and the three thousand odd fan utter joy.

Half Time Three One

Three minutes into the second half the Dons killed the game off, after some good inter passing between Gavin Bolger, Michael Woolner and Jamie Taylor Woolner found himself in the box and his low drive was parried away by the keeper and in the scramble by the Ashford defenders to clear the ball away Woolner manage to toe the ball through to Richard Butler on the corner of the six yard box who then side footed the ball into the opposite corner.

Ashford where totally shell shocker and could have gone the way of many CCL teams of last year were it not for the woodwork and some good saves by the keeper, and Danny Naisbitt at the other end had only one corner and a couple of long through balls to deal with for the rest of the game.

Joe Sheerin and Gareth Graham came on for the two Butlers and and after a few more chances and with the Dons attacking at will they saved the best till last with what must be a contender for goal of the season already.

On seventy three minutes Ginge picked the ball up in our half and laid the ball on to the Wizard Ursell who turned and threaded the ball to Jamie Taylor on the edge of the box and with the outside of his foot curled the ball over the keeper's head into the opposite top corner, four touches from the halfway line to the back of the net now that smooth flowing on the deck football.

With both the Butler's having a rest it was time for Jamie the Taylor to go off for a well earned rest and standing ovation and be replaced by Martin Randall back from his bad head injury, the dons had three or four more chances to extended the lead and the ref finally put Ashford out of their misery after about five or six minutes of extra time

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Michael Woolner, Ryan Gray, Anthony Howard, Matt Everard, Steve Butler, Rob Ursell, Gavin Bolger, Richard Butler, Jamie Taylor, Chris Gell

Subs Used : Gareth Graham, Martin Randall, Joe Sheerin

Subs Not Used : Steve Gibson,Paul Smith

Goalscorers : Richard Butler (23), Jamie Taylor (26), Steve Butler (31), Richard Butler (48), Jamie Taylor (73)

Goals Against : Matt Bower (21)

Attendance : 3,095

Pre Season Friendlies Photos

Monday 9th August 2004
AFC Wimbledon 3 Ashford Town 0

Finally the PSF matches are over and the team has gelled into a soiled unit, the match against Ashford T (M) wasn't exactly one sided, but the Dons did have the majority of play and after Gavin Bolger had given the Dons the lead after twenty one minutes the game always looked comfortable.

Richard Bulter was not only playing against his old team, but was also the captain on the night and was also causing them not end of trouble looking to brake his goal scoring duck and on fifty six minutes he was in the right place to scramble the ball under the keeper to get his 1st goal for the dons.

The Ashford keeper had to be stretched off with about ten minutes to go after he clashed accidentally into Joe Sheerin as they where both going for the ball., Joe Sheerin made the score three nil in the eighty eighth minute when the ball was cross over to the back of the six yard box he volleyed the ball home.

Team : Paul Smith, Michael Woolner, Ryan Gray, Matt Everard, Steve Butler, Anthony Howard, Andy Sullivan, Simon Bassey, Richard Butler, Martin Randall, Gavin Bolger,

Subs Used : Steve Gibson, Lewis Taylor, Robert Ursell, Gareth Graham, Joe Sheerin, Jones Bamfo, Ken During

Subs Not Used : Danny Naisbitt, Jamie Taylor. Chris Gell

Goalscorers : Gavin Bolger (21), Richard Butler (56), Joe Sheerin (88)

Goals Against : N/A

Attendance : 669

Saturday 7th August 2004
AFC Wimbledon 3 Bognor Regis Town 0

In the dons second to last friendly before the season starts, on another very hot day the dons opponents Bognor faced a trip away from the seaside and probably wish they had stayed there, after two games with the opening goals in under two minutes the dons took their time to take the lead, after Robert Ursell had made the keeper tip the ball round the post for a corner at the westbank end, from the corner Matt Everard produced a trademark headed goal for the 2nd game running after nine minutes.

The Conference South team had the better of the 1st half after that, playing some good flowing football and putting the dons defence under pressure for most of it, but the dons soaked up everything that Bognor throw at them and looked to counter attack at every opportunity, Bognor produced the best move of the half producing a finger tip save from Danny Naisbitt, half time 1-0.

The 2nd half saw the dons make three substitutions Gavin Bolger, Richard Butler, Steve Gibson came on for Michael Woolner, Anthony Howard and Joe Sheerin, the dons should have had a penalty after Jamie Taylor was brought down, but the ref gave a freekick to Bognor, the dons continued to soak up Bognor's pressure which with the heat was becoming less as the game went on and in the eighty second minute Ryan Gray broke away from the halfway line and calmly slide the ball pass the keeper to put the dons two up.

The third goal came right in full time Jamie Taylor hit a low ball across the box to Robert Ursell, who trapped the ball set him self, pick his corner and hit the ball home, the ref blow for full time just after the restart.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Ryan Gray, Michael Woolner, Anthony Howard, Matt Everard, Steve Butler, Robert Ursell, Chris Gell, Joe Sheerin, Jamie Taylor, Gareth Graham

Subs Used : Gavin Bolger, Richard Butler, Steve Gibson

Subs Not Used : Paul Smith, Darren Dobinson

Goalscorers : Matt Everard (9), Ryan Gray (82), Robert Ursell (89)

Goals Against : N/A

Attendance : 947

Tuesday 3rd August 2004
Kingstonians 1 AFC Wimbledon 4

The Dons and K's once again faced up to each other in the battle for top dogs at the kings meadow, this evening was for the Trevor Jones Memorial Trophy in honor of the Kingstonians keeper who died last year.

For the second game running the dons took the lead in under two minutes, a Richard Butler header was cleared by the keeper on for Jamie Taylor to follow up with a simple tap in, the dons then had the best of the possession for the next ten minutes before the K's settled in to their game and on the half hour mark the K's received a freekick, which was hit to the far post to be headed home for the equaliser.

The K's continued to put the dons under pressure until half time, but were held a bay by the dons defence and Danny Naisbitt in goal taking the teams in at half time level.

With the K's attacking the westbank in the 2nd half, the dons who had migrated to the athletics end for the second half didn't get to see much action as the K's continued to have the better of the game, but still the dons held firm, the best chance the K's had to score came from the spot after the ref had awarded a penalty for a handball, Danny Naisbitt guess right and parried the ball away and was then replaced in goal by Paul Smith for the twenty five minutes, Joe Sheerin also came on at the same time making his come back from injury.

The dons made two further changes in Gavin Bolger and Darren Dobinson and the fresh legs seem to give the dons the upper hand in the last fifteen minutes, then soon after the guy on the P.A. had announced that the game would be going to penalties if still level at full time, the dons received a corner that Robert Ursell sent over and Matt Everard rose and sent a a looping header from the back of the six yard box back across into the goal to put the dons ahead with only six minutes left.

Then straight from kick off the K's defence hit self-destruct and a minute later during another dons attack they passed the ball to Jamie Taylor on his own on the edge of the area, Jamie then hit the ball under the outcoming keeper too make it three one.

With time running out Steve Gibson sent over a cross that Jamie Talyor then cheekily back heeled while the ball was still in the air into the path of Joe Sheerin to blast home and give the dons a four one win and some nice silverware for the cabinet.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Steve Gibson, Ryan Gray,Anthony Howard, Matt Everard, Steve Butler, Chris Gell, Gareth Graham, Robert Ursell, Richard Butler, Jamie Taylor

Subs Used : Paul Smith, Gavin Bolger, Joe Sheerin, Darren Dobinson

Subs Not Used : Andy Sullivan. Lewis Taylor

Goalscorers : Jamie Taylor (2), Matt Everard (84), Jamie Taylor (85), Joe Sheerin (90)

Goals Against : (28)

Attendance : 1,101

Saturday 31st July 2004
Harrow Borough 1 AFC Wimbledon 1

On an extremely hot day the dons played out a 1-1 draw against Harrow Borough, with the dons getting of to the best of start taken the lead from a well drilled shot from Matt Everard at the back post after just two minutes.

Neither side created any telling chances in the 1st half , with the dons central back three Everard Howard and Steve Butler soaking up any chances Harrow did create.

Just before half time Martin Randell had to be stretched off with a bad head injury after a clash of heads with a defender while heading the ball past the keeper.

The 2nd half started at a much gentler pace and both teams seem to be feeling the heat, with eleven minutes gone Harrow leveled the game with a low shot pass Paul Smith from the edge of the area, both teams made numerous substitutions, one of which was Andy Sullivan making his come back from the injury that has kept him out since the 1st pre season friendly.

Towards the end of the match both teams had more chances each than in the rest of the match, Sully had a shot go just wide after he had won a ball back while on the floor, Richard Butler had a chance that went over and Gareth Graham had the shot hit the post.

Full time one all, next game is away to Kingstonian on Tuesday.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Steve Gibson, Darren Dobinson, Anthony Howard, Matt Everard, Steve Butler, Ryan Gray, Gavin Bolger, Robert Ursell, Martin Randall, Richard Butler

Subs Used : Jamie Taylor, Paul Smith, Lewis Taylor, Andy Sullivan, Ken During, Gareth Graham

Subs Not Used : Chris Head

Goalscorers : Matt Everard (2)

Goals Against : Paul Hamer (56)

Attendance : 500

Tuesday 27th July 2004
Gravesend & Northfleet 1 AFC Wimbledon 1

The dons came up the 3rd conference side in pre season and unlike Barnet G&N looked organised and far quicker from back to front and the lads once again acquitted themselves well.

It was against the run of play that the dons took the lead after just fifteen minutes Jamie Taylor split the the G&N defence with a through that found Gavin Bolger running on to it, who hit the ball from the edge of the box low into the corner.

The 2nd half saw the dons again with their backs to the wall, with G&N looking to level the score, but Danny Neisbitt was on top form making some goods saves and claiming the ball well.

G&N final got the equaliser from all their pressure in the seventy eighth minute when they received a freekick on the touchline, which was crossed over for Roy Essandoh to head back across goal giving Danny no chance.

Both teams could have got a winner late on with the dons best chance coming from a header by Martin Randall that hit the post and was cleared for a corner.

Full time came and a draw was a fair result.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Steve Gibson, Darren Dobinson, Chris Gell, Matt Everard, Anthony Howard, Seb Favata, Gavin Bolger, Richard Butler, Jamie Taylor, Ryan Gray

Subs Used : Martin Randall, Steve Butler, Robert Ursell

Subs Not Used : Paul Smith, Lewis Taylor, Chris Head, Jones Bamfo

Goalscorers : Gavin Bolger (16)

Goals Against : Roy Essandoh (78)

Attendance : 626

Goal Two Nil Saturday 24th July 2004
AFC Wimbledon 3 Barnet 0

Do they not like AFC, last week Barnet went down 1-10 to Arsenal football club and today they came up against the new look AFC Wimbledon with only five of last season champions starting and were beaten by three goals by a team three division below them.

The game kicked off late with a delayed of 15 minutes because Barnet had been stuck in traffic, it really wasn't their day from the off.

From the start the dons were on the attack, then on thirteen minutes the Barnet keeper made the mistake of giving the ball to new signing Robert Ursell, who then rounded the keeper from the edge of the box and roll the ball into the empty net.

Just as Barnet start to get into the game the dons produced a string of passes that ended up with Robert Ursell dragging the ball with his left foot pass one defender, then pausing a second before repeating the trick on the same defender then curling the ball into the top corner with his left foot to put the dons two nil up against the conference team and going some way to living up to his nickname the wizard before half time.

The 2nd half started with the dons attacking the Athletics end, Barnet had a lot more of the possession in the 2nd half with the midfield more in control, but the dons defence held strong and never looked like conceding, despite having to sit back and defend the dons where still making chances and with ninety minutes on the Richard Butler went pass his man in the box, but was tripped as he went pass and the ref awarded a penalty.

Up stepped the wizard and slotted the ball low into the corner for his hat-trick, he then had the cheek to run back to the keeper and pointed to the corner of the net that the ball went into as if to say I told you it was going in that corner.

The ref blow his whistle for full time just after the kick off and send the dons home happy and the forty odd Barnet fans wishing their hadn't bothered getting out of bed, must thank them for coming along and hope to meet them again soon, preferable in the league their in now if not a cup match.

If that's the new look AFC Wimbledon more of the same please, next up is another Conference team Gravesend & Northfleet on Tuesday night.

PS as Arsenal conceded a goal and we didn't does that mean we have a better defence than the Premiership Champions well have to wait until they have to play against us and see, away in the 3rd round of TheFA cup would be nice.

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Steve Gibson, Ryan Gray, Chris Gell, Jay Conroy, , Anthony Howard, Gareth Graham, Martin Randall, Robert Ursell, Jamie Taylor, Gavin Bolger

Subs Used : Chris Head, Seb Favata, Jones Bamfo, Matt Everard, Richard Butler

Subs Not Used : Paul Smith

Goalscorers : Robert Ursell (13), (28), (90 pen)

Goals Against : none

Attendance : 1,305

Tuesday 20th July 2004
Horsham YMCA 2 AFC Wimbledon 0

A mixture of 1st team, trialists and reserves went down two nil to Horsham YMCA, who had ex Don Ally Russell up front.

The YMCA had the better of the 1st half and took the lead via a penalty after Paul Smith had brought down a player in the box, captain Gavin Bolger had the best chance for the Dons in the 1st half with his back post header hitting the side netting.

The 2nd half saw the introduction of new Don Richard Butler, who looked strong up front and after a few games should be more used to his new teammate's, the YMCA's tackles started get a lot stronger towards the end and 1st Lewis Taylor then his replacement Mark Skinner both had to be replaced, with Lewis receiving the worse tackle, which sent flying high, he may well have come down by now and could have been ruled out for a few games.

The dons had more chances in the 2nd half with the ball hitting the crossbar at least three times, but it was one of those days when the ball was never going to go in and the YMCA made it two on a counter attack with a cross field pass finding a man unmarked on the back post to knock home from close range.

Team : Paul Smith, Joe Clark, Stewart Ritchie, Sam Elliott, Lewis Taylor, Sab Favata, Gareth Graham, Gavin Bolger, Darren Dobinson, Jamie Taylor, Jones Bamfo

Subs Used : Chris Head, Ken During, Mark Skinner, Richard Butler

Goalscorers : none

Goals Against : 26 mins (pen), 66 mins

Attendance : 275

Tuesday 20th July 2004
Brentford 2 AFC Wimbledon 0

The Dons turned up at Griffin Park and apart from some loose defending that resulted in Brentford's 1st goal after six minutes, they could have folding against the pro's from the CCL1* but instead gave an impressive display and should have gone in at half time level after Mark Williams had headed the ball into the back of the net but was adjudged to have fouled the defender in doing so.

At half time both chairman said a few words, with the Brentford Chairman welcoming Wimbledon back to Griffen Park again & Kris Stewart wishing them luck against the thing created MMVI and relegated into the CCL1 recently, but not in those words.

At times in the 2nd half it was hard to tell the difference between the two teams with Wimbledon at times having the more of the play, but unable to find the back of the net.

Brentford's 2nd goal was an unstoppable crossfield strike that gave Danny Naisbitt no chance, when Jamie Taylor and Jones Bamfo came on up front in the second half the dons had their best chances with Bamfo snapping at the Brentford players ankles and Jamie getting pass the last men on a couple of occasions and one shot just going pass the post.

Brentford had the ball in the back of the net in injury time, but the goal was disallowed for handball and before the freekick was taken the ref blow for full time

Well done the lads for a great performance against a team from CC League 1*

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Michael Woolner, , Antony Howard, Danny Oakins, Steve Gibson, Chris Gell, Gareth Graham, Robert Ursell, Ryan Gray, Martin Randall, Mark Williams

Subs Used : Gavin Bolger, Seb Favata, Jamie Taylor, Darren Dobinson, Jones Bamfo, Lewis Taylor

Not used : Paul Smith

Goalscorers :

Goals Against : 6 mins, 51 mins

Attendance : 2,562

*No not the combined counties league one, but the coca cola league one i.e. last years division two or the old division three.

Saturday 17th July 2004
Banstead Athletic 1 AFC Wimbledon 2

A well taken goal by Jones Bamfo with only minutes left gave the dons a two one win and also gave Mr. Anderson his 1st victory in charge.

Starting with a 3-5-2 the dons got of to the best of starts with new player Martin Randall putting the dons one up with just 4 mins on the clock, but a mix up at the other end saw Banstead equalised four minutes later.

With half an hour gone the dons had the ball over the line again, but the the ref waved play on and the keeper who was clearly over the line got up the cleared the ball away.

Another new player was Robert Ursell who showed some control and vision on the ball and set up some good chances.

Mr. Anderson made some changes at half time and the team seem to change to a 4-4-2 from the start the dons where again on the attack Mark Williams produced a finger tip save from the Banstead keeper, Ryan Gray had an excellent game and was giving the Banstead defender's plenty to do.

Jones Bamfo came on towards the end along with Jamie Taylor & Gareth Graham both making their second appearance of the day, Jones Bamfo and Jamie Taylor up front where a handful for the defenders and both of them broke through an offside trap late on and it was Jones Bamfo who went at the keeper and slide the ball pass him into the bottom corner.

Another good team performance and back to winning ways

Team : Danny Naisbitt, Roger Joseph, Jamie Angell, Antony Howard, Michael Woolner, Gareth Graham, Robert Ursell , Chris Gell, Ryan Gray, Martin Randall, Jamie Taylor

Subs Used : Gavin Bolger, Seb Favata, Steve Gibson, Paul Smith, Jones Bamfo,Lewis Taylor, Jamie Taylor

Goalscorers : Martin Randall (4), Jones Bamfo (88)

Opponents Goals : 8 mins

Attendance : 1,124

Saturday 10th July 2004
Dagenham & Redbridge 1 AFC Wimbledon 0

The daggers had the chances early on, but Danny Naisbitt in goal was equal to the challenge and Matt Everard was his usual solid self, Gareth Graham looked sharp in midfield and Jamie Taylor and Joe Sheerin up front teamed up well, of the new players on show Michael Woolner stood out as a good prospect, the only disappointing moment of the 1st half was not seeing more of the new streamlined Sully who picked up a knock after four minutes and was replace by Sidwell.

In the 2nd half as expected it was all change on the pitch apart from Lee Sidwell and Naibitt in goal who again had to pull off some good saves to stop the daggers from taking the lead, he was finally beaten after 49 mins when a chipped cross found a D&R player on his own at the back to head the ball down into the net.

Just after that Jones Bamfo came on for Lee Sidwell and the Dons seem to up the tempo and also started to string some good moves together and at times worry the D&R defenders, but the two new players up front Billly Sentence and Mark Williams were not getting the best of the daggers defence.

All in all both the 1st half team and the 2nd half teams put in good performance in the first outing with Mr.Anderson in charge against conference side Dagenham & Redbridge, shame about the result as a draw would have been a fair result, but that's football and they are al few divisions above us, also a very good turn out with a fifty fifty split in the crowd of 1,009 and with the gate money also being split that's not a bad to pre season.

1st half Team : Danny Naisbitt, , Paul Quinn, Matt Everard, Antony Howard, Chris Head, Andy Sullivan (Lee Sidwell), Jon-Barrie Bates, Gareth Graham, Joe Sheerin, Jamie Taylor

2nd half Team : Danny Naisbitt (Paul Smith), Darren Dobinson, Steve Gibson, Danny Oakins, Roger Joseph, Ryan Gray, Lee Sidwell ( Jones Bamfo), Seb Favata, Chris Gell, Billy Sentence, Mark Williams

Goalscorers : D&R 49mins

Attendance : 1,009

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