Wilson marks first start in eight months with stunning strike
AFC Wimbledon 0 Stevenage Borough 3 BORO showed their bouncebackability on Monday afternoon with what turned out to be a comfortable 3-0 win over the Dons in deepest Surrey. First half goals from Mark Roberts and Lawrie Wilson plus a last minute strike fr
AFC Wimbledon 0 Stevenage Borough 3
BORO showed their bouncebackability on Monday afternoon with what turned out to be a comfortable 3-0 win over the Dons in deepest Surrey.
First half goals from Mark Roberts and Lawrie Wilson plus a last minute strike from Eddie Odhiambo were enough to give Boro all three points from what, on paper at least, had looked like a tricky tie as they put the defeat to Luton Town on Saturday well and truly behind them.
With just five games left Boro need four wins to win promotion to the Football League but with Luton hot on their tails - the Hatters beat a dismal Grays Athletic side 6-0 on Monday - and with three out of their last five games away from home they should not take things for granted.
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Boro made two changes from the side that lost to Luton with Yemi Odubade and David Bridges (the former injured, the latter rested) replaced by Wilson, in his first start since August, and Joel Byrom.
Although Boro boss Graham Westley stuck with Chris Beardsley and Tim Sills up front as part of a three-prong attack (Andy Drury being the third) it was centre-back Roberts who put his side ahead when Boro's captain bundled in a Sills flick on after Byrom had sent a corner in to the near post on nine minutes.
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Just three minutes later Wilson doubled the lead when he ran on to a Byrom pass and hit a powerful first time volley past the static Seb Brown and into the net.
Two should have been three for Boro on 25 minutes when Sills, putting in one of his better spells for Boro since his arrival in January, headed a Scott Laird throw in front of Drury but the big man could only look on in disbelief as his effort was saved by Brown at close range.
Brown could do nothing about a Byrom strike moments later but unfortunately for the Boro midfielder he wasn't able to add to his tally for the season as his rasping effort was inches away from connecting with a post.
Boro had deserved their half time lead with a commanding display but in response Wimbledon, sporting the Blue Square Premier's joint leading scorer in Danny Kedwell, offered very little up front.
In particular the host's set pieces were wasteful whereas Boro almost scored directly from another one of theirs early in the second half.
Byrom's inswinging corner from the right fooled Brown and Jay Conroy had to head clear off the line. From the resulting corner Roberts' looping header went just over the top of the bar.
Drury went close once more but again Brown was equal to his effort and then the game settled down as Boro looked content to play possession football while the Dons were left to rely on long range efforts, none of which forced Day into exerting himself.
Boro brought Charlie Griffin on for the hard-working Sills and the balding assassin ran his socks off without much luck in the shots-at-goal department.
Griffin did have a hand in Boro's third, however, when he hit a pass across goal for Odhiambo who took a touch before hitting his shot past Brown.
AFC Wimbledon (4-4-2): Brown 6, Conroy 6, Lorraine 7, Johnson 6, Blanchett 6, Hatton 5, Gregory 6, Hendry 5 (Elder 3, 46), Wellard 6, Kedwell 5, Moore 6 (Poole 6, 65). Subs. Pullen, Judge, Adjei.
Boro (4-3-3): Day 6, Henry 6, Laird 6, Ashton 7, Roberts 8, Wilson 7 (Odhiambo, 75), Bostwick 6, Byrom 7, Drury 6 (Albrighton, 90), Sills 7 (Griffin 6, 67), Beardsley 7. Subs: Bayes, Vincenti.