AFC WIMBLEDON (0) 1 ALTRINCHAM (0) 1
played on Saturday, 6 March 2010, at 3pm
Alty had the better of the first half and took the lead early in the second half with a penalty by Chris Senior following a foul on Denham. Alty lost Doran to injury as the hosts dominated much of the second half. They equalised after 75 minutes when Judge headed home a loose ball after Coburn had beaten out a shot.
REFEREE: Mr A P Bennett
James Smith joined Dale Johnson and Matt Doughty on the Alty injured list but Peter Doran was back after suspension. Ryan Brown made his first start, at left-back in a back four.
Before the match Wimbledon indicated they had various injury doubts including Paul Lorraine (groin) and Ben Judge (ill), who both played. Jay Conroy was suspended.
This was Altrincham's second visit to Kingsmeadow this season, having suffered an FA Trophy exit to AFC Wimbledon previously.
AFC WIMBLEDON (All blue, with yellow trim): 1. James Pullen, 22. Paul Lorraine, 6. Ben Judge, 28. Glenn Poole, 14. Derek Duncan, 26. Will Hendry, 7. Sam Hatton, 15. Steven Gregory, 8. Lewis Taylor, 9. Danny Kedwell, 29. Nathan Elder. SUBS: 27. Daniel Blanchett, 13. Seb Brown, 17. Ricky Wellard, 11. Elliott Godfrey, 18. Luke Moore
ALTRINCHAM (Red and white striped shirts, black shorts, red socks): 1. Stuart COBURN, 6. Shaun DENSMORE, 12. Robbie WILLIAMS, 5. Greg YOUNG, 27. Ryan BROWN, 4. Tom KEARNEY (capt), 16. Anthony DANYLYK, 11. Nicky CLEE, 21. Peter DORAN, 19. Chris SENIOR, 10. Chris DENHAM, SUBS: 17. John McALISKEY, 13. Russell SAUNDERS, 7. Robbie LAWTON, 9. Colin LITTLE, 18. Michael WELCH
Altrincham started brightly after kicking off the game facing into the sun. Despite floods 48 hours ago just a few miles away at Richmond, Wimbledon watered the pitch before kick off, leaving a surface which was not the best that Alty have played on this season. The Robins won two corners in the first 90 seconds before Williams was penalised to relieve the pressure on the home side. In fact, a third corner followed in the fifth minute as Altrincham started brightly. But as in our Trophy match against them Wimbledon were conceding frequent freekicks, though the ref was to prove loathe to take out his book to reinforce his freekick decisions.
Altrincham had good numbers in the away end who were giving their team excellent support. The hosts got into the game with two corners themselves (9 mins). But then Denham fired a rising shot over the bar for Alty (11 mins). Brown then impressed with an excellent tackle before Danylyk gained another corner for Alty, just after Taylor had shot wide for the hosts.
Referee Bennett next allowed Kedwell to escape without caution for a studs-up tackle on Senior (19 mins). Duncan's cynical block on Denham likewise failed to earn him a booking. However, midway through the half, Alty were grateful to Coburn for a fine save, diving to his right to push aside a shot from right of goal by Elder.
Wimbledon were giving the ball away too frequently to impose themselves on Alty but it took good covering from Williams to see off the next Wimbledon counter-attack (26 mins). Going forward Clee was imprssing again for the visitors but play was fairly even with no real goal chances as the game passed the half-hour mark. Williams was soon to be lectured for a foul and from the resulting freekick Coburn made a confident catch.
At the other end, Pullen had to dash out to kick clear from the on-rushing Senior. Kedwell then got clear against Coburn, who rushed out to drive him wide, left of goal, and the opportunity went. After 40 minutes, Denham went close from a Clee throw, with a shot which cleared the bar. Alty threatened again from a freekick given against Poole fora foul on Senior but the pressure was ended by an Alty offence (44 mins). So half time arrived, after one added minute, with the game goalless and Alty having more than matched their opponents.
|Half-Time: AFC WIMBLEDON 0 ALTRINCHAM 0|
Wimbledon started the second half with an early corner before Doran again impressed with an energetic run forward for Altrincham. After Clee had needed treatment, an Alty throw-in on the right by Densmore led to Denham getting into the box, right of goal. He went down under a challenge from Duncan to earn a penalty. Chris Senior made no mistake from the spot to give Alty the lead with his 15th goal of the season (51 mins).
Aftre a foul on Senior, a stretching Williams headed wide from Kearney's freekick (54 mins). Soon afterwards a neat Alty move ended in Doran's cross. Wimbledon then almost got in a defensive mix up before play stopped for treatment to Poole. Two minutes later he was replaced by Luke Moore (62 mins). The fouls continued as Kearney was upended but it was predictable that the game's only booking befell an Alty man, when Denham was carded for a challenge on Duncan (67 mins).
A minute later AFC threatened when a cross evaded Coburn but Wimbledon could only hit the side netting at the back post. A fine Greg Young tackle then preceded a cross from Denham at the other end from which Doran's first-time shot was scuffed wide from the edge of the box (71 mins). But, a foul by Kearney on Gregory gave AFC a freekick just outside the left of the box and this led to a Wimbledon corner.
Lawton now replaced Denham (73 mins)and he immediately conceded a freekick as the home side now maintained some pressure. This paid off in the 75th minute when Coburn excellently beat out a shot from Kedwell, only for Judge to head the loose ball into the net to make it 1-1. Things got worse for the visitors when Doran went down after a challenge. The ref played on and though Doran eventually staggered to his feet, he went down again and needed treatment before being helped off and subbed by McAliskey (80 mins).
Wimbledon were now dominating proceedings, but Elder needed treatment and he was soon taken off, with Wellard replacing him (86 mins). Apart from a couple of corners in the closing stages, which included five added minutes, Alty's defence remained solid and they looked half-threatening themselves on the break from time to time, but the final whistle signalled a 1-1 draw. This was a fair outcome and though only three points have come from the last four games, more than 1,700 miles have been recorded on the road in the last three weeks, an itinerary which has been a heavy burden on a part-time side.
|Full-Time: AFC WIMBLEDON 1 ALTRINCHAM 1|