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
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.