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Goal + MOTM

Brave Rebels fightback at Dons
by Ted on 29/01/2006

Slough fought their way back from 2-0 down to gain a deserved point at AFC Wimbledon, thanks to goals from Gareth McCleary and Ian Hodges.

AFC Wimbledon

Slough Town



Shane Smeltz
Richard Butler
. Gareth McCleary
Ian Hodges
Ryman League Premier Division
Kingsmeadow Stadium
Saturday 28th January 2006
The Report
A cold sunny day, and a good crowd welcomed Slough to Kingsmeadow.

The first half was a scrappy affair, with Wimbledon dominating but not creating that much. Solid Slough defending limited the Dons, though Avery had to make one goal line clearance, and Masters some good saves.

After 35 minutes the Dons 8, Daly, was lucky not to be sent off. He and Alexis went to ground after a tackle, and Daly climbed onto the Slough players back and started hitting him. The result was a yellow for both players as Alexis did hit back, and the laws dictate that both should have been sent off, though I can't fault Alexis as if you've go some idiot on top of you hitting you, most people would fight back. Shortly afterwards both were subbed, Daly no doubt for having hurt his fist.

Shortly after, Dons pressure resulted in a mistake by Avery, Smeltz got the ball and slotted in.

The second half saw the home side go 2 up soon after the restart with a neatly worked goal, a 1-2 started from just outside the box, and finished from inside. Game over most thought, but not for the first time this season gutsy Slough fought back. A foul outside the area saw a short free kick to McCleary, who ran across the box and netted with a fine shot. All of a sudden Slough were on top for the first time, and were putting on the pressure, McCleary running their defence ragged. One of these runs saw him in space, he picked out Hodges' head with a cross. 2 all.

The dons steadied a bit and the last 15 minutes was end to end stuff--either side could have got the winner. A real contrast to the scrappy first half, and both sides were probably relieved to hear the final whistle as it could so easily have gone either way. Slough are making a bit of a habit of these away comebacks, and our away form is quite good. Here's to a few home wins now.

The Teams

AFC Wimbledon

Slough Town

1. Andy Little
2. Wayne Finnie (12)
3. Dave Sargent
4. Anthony Howard
5. Barry Moore
6. Steve Butler (c)
7. Dwaynne Plummer (15)
8. Wes Daly (14)
9. Richard Butler
10. Shane Smeltz
11. Michael Harvey
1. Clark Masters
2. Aaron Steele
3. Josias Carbon
4. Steve Daly (c)
5. Mark Avery
6. Leon Woodruffe
7. Leigh Mason
8. Glen Harris
9. Ian Hodges (14)
10. Gareth McCleary
11. Michael Alexis (12)
Subs Subs
12. Simon Sobihy (2)
14. Chris Gell (8)
15. Rob Ursell (7)
16. Josh Lennie
17. Mark King
12. Matt Seedel (11)
14. Mark West (9)
15. Michael Parkin
16. Ian Lovegrove
17. Ravi Briach
Manager Dave Anderson Manager Eddie Denton

Attendance: 2859

Match Officials

Referee Mr. C. Williams
Assistant Referee Mr. M. J. Daniel
Assistant Referee Mr. T. Wood

RebelsOnline Man of the Match

Gareth McCleary

Simply the best player on the pitch.

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