Monthly Archives: August 2009

Conference Score! Monday 31st August ’09

Grays Athletic    (1) 2    Gaughran (29), Charge (47)

AFC Wimbledon    (2) 4    Johnson (10), Main (21, 62), Kedwell 90

Wimbledon wrapped up the points in the sunshine at the New Recreation Ground with what turned out to be a comfortable victory. The Dons threwn away a two goal lead shortly after the break after early goals from Johnson and a Jon Main penalty had put them in charge.

Mawer was then sent off for Grays after tugging back Kedwell in the area, Main restoring the lead with another penalty. And Wimbledon could have gone on to score any number, missing time and again before Kedwell wrapped things up against his old side in injury time.

Report to follow…

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Grays Athletic v AFC Wimbledon – A Match Preview

GAFCA big chance for Wimbledon to bounce back tomorrow against a Grays side who are rebuilding for the second time since last season ended. Their decision to remove manager Craig Edwards after no games in charge before the season began means former caretaker Gary Phillips is now back in the hotseat…

This means since Edwards took charge, Grays have signed twenty six players (three of whom have re-signed from last years squad after initially being released), five of which have now been released including our very own Mickey Haswell (who has now rolled up at Welling United).

So far, so confusing. In fact its probably better if I don’t concentrate on Grays at all (their squad anyway…). And you thought Wimbledon had a few players to choose from…

The game tomorrow isn’t all ticket despite what is usually the away end at the Recreation ground only holding 500, and an expected minimum of 1000 Dons fans travelling for this Bank Holiday clash. I’m sure they’ll fit us all in, after all Grays average attendance for their first two games has failed to reach 600.

As for the game itself, well its hard to imagine anything other than a Dons win, but that’s partly down to the great start we have made. We could easily have an Eastbourne style banana skin on our hands if the players don’t apply themselves properly. Plus Terry has to be careful with his starting lineup… if he sticks with too many of those who began against Oxford we could see a stale performance, yet if he brings in too many new faces (as he has mentioned he may do) there will be no continuity. Still, we have a very fit squad, so I would imagine the only changes would be down to minor knocks picked up on Saturday.

My predicted lineup is as follows;

Pullen

Garrard

Hussey

Johnson

Lorraine

Gregory

Duncan

Wellard

Hatton

Kedwell

Main

So only three changes in the above, although I think we may see some new faces in the squad, Kennedy Adjei for example might find himself given some game time. Taylor picked up a knock on Saturday so despite being a fit lad there is a chance he wont start, and I would imagine this is just the sort of game Jon Main will need to break his scoring duck.

It could be Main’s last chance for some time, as with Ross Montague coming back to fitness after signing last week and in for a run out on Tuesday for the reserves the temptation for Brown to bring him in sooner rather than later will be there. So long as Main isn’t scoring of course, I think we would all hope he will give Terry Brown a headache in the coming weeks.

A win tomorrow should put is back into the playoff spots once again, yet we should still wait for ten games to pass before we can get a clear idea of where we sit amongst our rivals in this division. By that time we would have played six games away from home, so finding ourselves in the top five at that point will be a great springboard for the lads to push on for the rest of the season.

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Oxford United – Match Ratings

Pullen – 6

Conroy – 7

Hussey – 6

Gregory – 7

Lorraine – 7

Johnson – 7

Hatton – 7

Taylor – 5

Kedwell – 6

Duncan – 5

Moore – 5

SUBS

Main – 5

Wellard – 5

Godfrey – 6

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AFC Wimbledon 0 Oxford United 1 – A Match Report

It felt strange walking out of the ground following a 0-1 defeat and feeling very positive about the performance, but that’s what happened following this game. I know going into the game I felt perhaps the performance against Luton had been a one-off. In the days before the game, deep in the back of my consciousness I had tried to keep dark thoughts of a heavy home defeat at bay.

And yet as I stumbled out of the ground wondering how on earth we lost that game, encountering Oxford fans pinching themselves that they got away with the three points, it suddenly struck me that outside of our little world, other clubs actually look at coming to Kingsmeadow as a tough place to come. We spend much of our time reminding each other that we won’t be putting together a serious challenge this year that perhaps sometimes we forget that.

The reason we took nothing from this game had nothing to do with Oxford being a much better side than us. In fact for long periods of this game they looked quite ordinary. We lost because we showed Oxford too much respect in the first half, and failed to take our chances in the second. While I certainly wouldn’t want to criticise Terry or the players after our great start, I would hope when Wrexham, Mansfield and Cambridge come to town we won’t wait until we are a goal behind until we take the initiative to put pressure on the opposition.

In fact the only aspect of this game that made me think Oxford looked potential champions was the manner in which they rode their luck. They were strong and well organised, yet today they took the points despite not really looking as though they deserved to. You know, like we did last term…

Its annoying looking back on the first half, with the power of hindsight, that we showed Oxford so much respect that ultimately they didn’t really deserve. The first half followed a pattern where Oxford pushed forward without ever showing enough guile to break down the Dons defence, but often enough to worry regular Dons watchers that any mistakes by their team could lead to problems.

It was Wimbledon who created the games first decent chance… well, sort of. A sortie down the right saw the ball break to Conroy, who literally dumped a high ball into the box. Misjudged completely by an Oxford man, it broke to Luke Moore who had space and time but in such a manner the Dons man had to hit it straight away, unfortunately looping the ball over the bar.

Lets not dress this up as something it wasn’t by the way. I’m not mentioning many first half chances, because there wasn’t really that many of them. It must have been a shocking half for any neutrals that bothered getting tickets, as Oxford tried to batter Wimbledon into submission, only for the Dons defence to bang it clear to Kedwell, who had little support to make any decent use of the ball. It was literally all long balls and flicks to nowhere.

Oxford managed a couple of scares just before half time. A deep corner from the left floated over everyone, before being knocked back over Pullen, headed away from under his own bar by Sam Hatton, and somehow scrambled clear. Then a ball played in from the right was met by a flicked header from Adam Chapman that just dropped wide of Jamie Pullen’s right post.

Wimbledon looked a lot more positive at the start of the second half, yet found themselves a goal down just five minutes in. Some poor defending from Jay Conroy allowed Oxford in, as he appeared to leave the ball for an unsuspecting Brett Johnson only for an Oxford man to steal the ball and sweep it right, and Damian Batt’s brilliant cross knocked in along the six yard box was turned into the far corner by the unfortunate Conroy.

Jay Conroy certainly didn’t deserve this after his decent start to the season, and the errors that started and finished the move for Oxfords goal were out of character. You can see why Brown favours him over Luke Garrard. Conroy possesses qualities you wouldn’t normally expect of a fullback, especially his ability in the air. Apparently Jay filled in well at centre half last week after Lorraine and Judge were injured, and by all accounts he did very well. Coupled with his ability going forward, perhaps not of the same quality as Chris Hussey but we certainly don’t look as unbalanced as we did last year when every positive move seemed to come from the left.

Wimbledon didn’t respond to going behind immediately, in fact the game followed its well worn pattern until around the hour mark. Jay Conroy moved forwards with the ball looking for a pass in midfield, but the Oxford midfield backed off him allowing him to fire a low shot that was straight at Ryan Clarke, yet the Oxford keeper did well not to spill the ball with Dons players lurking.

Shortly after Derek Duncan fired in a shot that was immediately blocked, however the ball looped into the air dangerously. Kedwell beat Clarke to the dropping ball but the Dons top scorer could only stab the ball into the keepers arms. With Hussey and Conroy finally getting into the game down their respective flanks, Wimbledon looked threatening.

Oxford should have been reduced to ten men on 68 minutes after a great ball to Lewis Taylor on the right saw him flick the ball past Oxford fullback Kevin Sandwith. However Sandwith cut Taylor down with a shocking challenge that caught the Dons man just above the knee. After extensive treatment Taylor was able to continue, yet the referee determined the challenge only warranted a yellow card.

True, the referees inconsistency had been working both ways until this point (especially his insistence that any 50/50 aerial challenge should be blown for backing in, something that cost the Dons a few free kicks in the first half but almost certainly prevented Paul Lorraine giving away a penalty after a spot of climbing…), and you could say this made amends for a decision made in the Salisbury game when Jon Main should have seen red. But decisions don’t balance themselves out for long, and Wimbledon were on the wrong end of a poor decision minutes later.

It happened when the breakthrough looked like it had come for the Dons on 69 minutes, as Paul Lorraine found himself upfield following a corner and seemed about to pull the trigger to level the scores before finding himself bundled to the floor by Batt. The Oxford man seemed certain to be shown a red card, only for the referee to decide a yellow card would be a more appropriate punishment.

Not only this but the official spent several minutes sorting this out (fortunately remembering to stop his watch… although more on this later…), including ensuring no Oxford player had gained a head-start in encroaching into the box (down to the last inch…). While all this was going on, Danny Kedwell was waiting with ball on penalty spot, presumably changing his mind several times.

After such a long wait it may have been sensible to re-spot the ball and compose himself once more, instead Kedwell’s tame right foot effort was easily kept out by Clarke. Kedwell has had to carry the load of goalscoring expectation so far with Jon Mains loss of form, and maybe this was a big game to far for the man who normally puts in his best work while acting as a foil for his strike partner. A few goals for Main, or the return to match fitness of new addition Ross Montague will take some of the pressure off Kedwell once more, but until then we are relying on our midfield to help him out a little.

While Wimbledon pushed forward, Oxford resorted to picking them off on the break. Pullen had to get down and smother a shot after an Oxford man had muscled past the Dons defence too easily. But in reality it was all Wimbledon. A Hatton deep cross found Danny Kedwell free at the far post but it was just too deep to give the big striker a chance to make up for his previous miss, floating the ball to the keeper from a tight angle.

By this stage Conroy had been sacrificed for Ricky Wellard (with same Hatton moving to right back). Wellard was to spurn a couple of chances that could have put Wimbledon back into the game. However the youngster has looked sharp in all other aspects of his game (except finishing!), and we may well see him start on Monday against Grays.

The first came when Hatton (who had his best game yet this season in midfield) crossed only for Wellard, with the goal at his mercy, to allow the ball to slide of his head. The ball continued to the far post where Main was lurking, the striker couldn’t make proper contact but was offside anyway.

Then, the penalty aside, came Wimbledon’s best chance. A fantastic deep cross from Hussey on the left was met by Kedwell, heading back across goal for Wellard who once again froze, the ball seemed like it hit him and bounced into Clarke’s arms. I have faith that very soon Wellard is going to break his scoring duck by belting one in from thirty yards in a manner that will make Luke Moore’s effort against Salisbury look like a tap in by comparison. Until then, maybe Terry might like to put him on the six yard line, point him towards goal, and have him belt the ball in the net all day until it becomes second nature. 

This was Wimbledon’s last chance, although Oxford had a couple of what looked like sitters as they exploited gaps in the Dons defence. Paul Lorraine looked like he had been seriously injured in stoppage time as Jamie Pullen bravely headed a through ball clear, colliding with his centre half.

As I don’t tend to report on incidents like ‘long ball by the keeper, headed clear by Lorraine’ it might not seem like he does a lot by reading my reports, except maybe for giving away penalties and occasionally pushing forward for corners, but I would just like to add now what an immense contribution Lorraine makes. That’s taking nothing away from his defensive partner Brett Johnson, and it was their solid display all afternoon that kept Oxford at bay.

The game didn’t actually finish until close to five, as the referee fortunately added the time it took for Lorraine to be treated to the six he already added on, which mainly came from him stopping his watch to talk to someone every time a foul took place. Of course, this also meant that he blew the whistle as soon as time ran out, which for Wimbledon was just as Chris Hussey was about to play a ball in from the left. Oh well…

Which brings me back to the start. A moment of intense frustration as the whistle blew passed almost immediately, and I could appreciate the performance the boys put in. They deserved the ovation given by the majority of the crowd at the end, and if the boys can put in a performance half as good as this on Monday at Grays we won’t have any problems.

Oh, and I probably don’t need to lose any sleep over heavy home defeats anymore…

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Conference Score! Saturday 29th August ’09

AFC Wimbledon    0 (0)

Oxford United    (0) 1    Conroy (OG) 50

Unbeaten leaders Oxford showed why they are top with a smash and grab away win against a Wimbledon side that had no luck all afternoon. A Jay Conroy own goal gave Oxford a 50th minute lead on an afternoon when it looked as though they were never going to score by their own means.

Danny Kedwell missed a penalty given after Lorraine was hauled down when about to equalise. The Oxford man stayed on the pitch, and Wimbledon went on to spurn a couple of great chances, substitute Wellard being especially guilty late on. A stop start game saw a full eight minutes of added time, yet not enough for the Dons to grab an equaliser. But Wimbledon can hold their heads high after a great performance against genuine title contenders.

Full report to follow…

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The General Specific (Friday 28th August ’09)

At last! The final piece of the jigsaw has been completed. Ross Montague has joined from Brentford, where he has been recuperating from a knee injury. Which suggests that either Brentford don’t rate him, or Brentford don’t think he will recover match fitness lost from his injury any time soon. Either way, who cares! Brentford are League One now (bless ’em!), so naturally he should still be able to do a job for us.

Plus… Terry has been tracking him for TWO years!? How good does that make you feel… we were in the Ryman League back then. It wouldn’t surprise me if after the forms were faxed off to the Conference and the FA, Terry relaxed in his chair, lit a huge cigar and said ‘I love it when a plan comes together…’. Who knows which stars of the future TB has his eyes on.

Montague has now been stolen away from Brentford and stored in a hidden garden behind the John Smiths, where we hope it won’t take eighteen years for him to blossom into a fit, hungry striker. In fact we will be looking for him to bolster the strike force within weeks, what with Jon Main suffering in front of goal, Danny K seemingly held together with selotape and youth prospect Peter Rapson not yet getting the chances he seemed to have been promised.

A sixty minute turnout for the reserves against Uxbridge on Tuesday should help (and should help bolster the attendance at the Waterside… at least by half a dozen). On the subject of the Reserves, they continued their decent start with a 4-1 win over at Basingstoke on Wednesday. First team players on display included Elliott Godfrey and Ricky Wellard, with Kenny Adjei getting some important match time under his belt.

Montague aside, we have been informed by the gaffer that the entire squad ‘may’ be called on for the two games this weekend. I don’t think anyone is in doubt he won’t field his full strength side tomorrow against Oxford, however how he could know himself who he will use against Grays I don’t know, after all Grays probably haven’t even signed half the players they will field on Monday yet…

Finally, normal ervice will be resumed over the weekend starting with the Oxford United match report (Sunday-ish?)… Heres to six points by Monday evening…

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Playing Music After Goals – AGAINST!

The poll is closed. The results are in. And you voted as follows…

music votes

I closed the poll tonight after the symbolic number of 88 people had voted (because of the cup win obviously, not because I’m a fascist…), and I have to say I am pleased with the way the voting went. My faith in Dons fans has been restored. Having said that, I am quite surprised that 32% of Dons fans in this admittedly small sample still support the idea.

While we were all voting however, a comment was posted by Phillo in Responses, which contained the following;

Did you happen to notice the first 4 goals against Salisbury hadn’t been garnished with a post goal song? Neither were any of our other home goals this season.

Ironically for you I’d decided to see before the season started to not play them this season.

So, from the horses mouth, there will be NO goal music this season! Although to be fair Phillo, ‘our other home goals this season’ amount to a Jon Main penalty against Luton. Couple this with the knowledge Mikey T has never been big into playing music either, and its great to know that it will be atmosphere all the way at Kingsmeadow when the ball hits the back of our opponents net.

One minor can of worms was opened, and I know a couple of people mentioned this on Old Centrals, but below is a comment left in Responses for the original article.

I do think there’s a time and a place for it, depending on the situation. i.e. if its a last minute consolation goal, no music (it would be an insult). if its a last minute winner, no music (the crowd will suffice). if its the 5th for 5-0, sure, why not, it will be carnival mode so why not play music, more still, an apt tune??

I’m sure a few people had this in mind when they voted ‘Yes’, and it is indeed an iconic celebratory anthem. But does a ‘No’ vote really mean we won’t ever hear it again? I would like to think in the unlikely event that we hit five without reply in future, whoever is on the PA has this little number to hand. Just as long as no-one thinks its a good idea to bring back the ‘Selhurst Bugle’ every time we get a corner.

Here’s hoping we get the chance to celebrate several times on Saturday against Oxford!

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Playing Music After Goals – For Or Against?

I think I first noticed it happening at Wimbledon after the fifth goal in a 5-0 Premiership win over Watford. The clubs PA man was, as occasionally is now, the one and only Chris Phillips, at the time a Kiss FM presenter. To mark the moment he played the theme to Hawaii 5-0, a cheeky reference to the scoreline (unless it was originally played at random, the score a happy coincidence?!).

On Tuesday night, as AFC Wimbledon led 4-0 against Salisbury in stoppage time, playing against ten men with a striker/defender in goal, all I could think was, ‘if we score again we will get to hear Hawaii 5-0’! As many of you know, I’m a traditionalist as far as my football is concerned. Take me back to the days of Divisions One to Four, The Milk Cup, crappy terracing… (hang on, we have that at Kingsmeadow!). As far as I’m concerned, goal music is as welcome addition to the modern game as subscription TV, Tim Lovejoy and that stupid baby rocking goal celebration. Goal music is as contrived as what the Germans do when they score, where the PA man shouts out the first name, and the crowd roar back the surname (especially when its Michael Ballack. Yuk…).

I mentioned at the beginning of my match report for the above game that I was torn over my natural hatred of goalscoring music over my subconcious desire to hear it following a fifth goal;

Strange as it may sound, I left the stadium ever so slightly disappointed this evening… I wanted to hear Hawaii 5-0 over the tannoy! Although the habit of playing music after goals shouldn’t be encouraged I suppose… Not when we now seem to have kicked that one…

This prompted the following response from Devon Don in Comments (by the way, anyone posting a comment has already reserved the right for me to deconstruct it in detail in a following article!);

I must be the only one who actually likes music played after a goal. I see it as adding to the celebrations rather than trying to create something that isn’t there (anyone who has attended any US sport will know what I mean). Was highly disappointed when ‘My name’s Jon Main’ wasn’t played after his equaliser vs Luton. Someone in the iStadium suggested ‘More, more, more (how do you like it, how do you like it?)’ for a Luke Moore goal – great stuff I say. If you are reading this Phillo, take note!!

Ignoring the fact that ‘Rebel Yell’ by Billy Idol is far more appropriate a song to play for Luke Moore, has Devon Don got a point? Does a thirty second blast of music add to the atmosphere… or simply obliterate any noise the fans create?

Let me play devils advocate first, by trying to support his argument. After the initial roar that follows a goal, perhaps music can be used effectively. The fatal mistake would be to hit the play button too fast (and there have been incidents in the past when goal music has still been playing as the opposition restart the game… from a freekick for offside that ruled the goal out…), a good twenty or thirty seconds should pass until the fans celebrations calm down before playing.

As a club, AFC Wimbledon have proved as guilty as any over the last few years. There was a time when music was played over the tannoy for pretty much every goal. We had individual goal music (Matt Everards ‘Rock with the Caveman’ and, erm, Andy Martin struck gold with ‘Personal Jesus’…). We had entrance music for certain teams, playing the theme to The Bill as the Metropolitan Police came on to the field after half time was designed to humiliate, despite a clear reference on the front of the programme to KRS-One’s ‘Sound of da Police’…

By far the most popular were the goal songs however, having certain tunes for certain goals, which if I remember rightly were;

Third goal – ‘The Magic Number’, De La Soul

5-0 – Theme to Hawaii 5-0

Seventh goal – The Magnificent Seven Theme

Eighth goal – ‘5678’, Steps…….

Any unexpected/long awaited goal – ‘Halejluah’, Hymn (though perhaps should have been The Happy Mondays version).

As we remember, that eighth goal was achieved on three occasions (21st Feb ’04 vs Bedfont, and 21st April ’04 vs Cove, slap bang in the middle of ”The 78”… and the penultimate goal vs Slough Town on 31st March ’07). Which meant, during what should have been a triumphant moment, most Dons fans were dying of embarrassment as Steps thumped out of the speakers around the Meadow. Incidentally I can’t remember if any music was played following our ninth goal against Slough…

I mean has anyone really missed the music over the last couple of home games? Surely the celebrations themselves created enough of an atmosphere for anything else to be rendered redundant? What do people think about this? Are you for or against it?

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The General Specific (Sunday 23rd August ’09)

Well I haven’t done one of these for a while… in fact I haven’t missed a game in a while either. In fact the last away game I didn’t attend was last seasons 0-0 bore draw against St Albans, thanks to a particularly well timed bout of flu. I’ve become pretty good at working my obsession to attend as many Dons games as possible around both my family (I manage to plan visiting family around Dons northern away trips…) and my friends (I have now lost contact with all but two of them… one is in Canada and the other follows a similar lifestyle to mine, just with Manchester United…).

On occasions like Saturday, I find myself backed into a corner. My dad lives in the north, so doesn’t find his way south too often, so it was an obvious decision to blow out the game for this one. I still feel slightly guilty though… like when I used to persuad my mum I was sick, then just bum around the house when I should have been at school… And the person you might expect to have the biggest problem about it, Mrs Anony Don, is actually really supportive (a good attitude that is being rewarded by me taking her camping when I should be at the Tamworth game…).

Now I’ve remembered that I normally start these articles with some random drivel about me, on to some other stories that I may have missed out on over the last couple of weeks. Firstly, there have been some non first team games over the weekend, and I’m glad to say the news is good!

After last Tuesdays goalfest, when they managed to see off Uxbridge 5-1, the Reserves made it two wins out of two at their new home, The Waterside Stadium (home of Walton Casuals, partly improved by the money raised by three competitive fixtures against the Dons back in our CCL days…). This time they saw off Beaconsfield SYCOB Reserves 2-0. Marcus Gayle is getting the most out of our young players – however the question has to be asked how these boys can prove they are worthy of moving up to the first team in such a poor league? Although results are only secondary at that stage of a players development, surely they will be pushing for the title before moving to a more challenging environment next term.

This morning the Under 19s, still in pre-season action, took apart LA FC Academy by three goals to nil. I gather the LA FC Acadamy falls under the umbrella of the Chelsea Acadamy, so when the O/S mentions the game was played away I presume this means Cobham and not California… The Under 18s finished their preseason unbeaten after last Thursdays 1-1 draw with Carshalton, and commence their Ryman Youth League campaign in early September, including an FA Youth Cup tie (presumably at the Meadow) against Kentish Town on the 10th.

Last but certainly not least the Ladies side have started their London & South East Regional League campaign with two wins, after beating Garston Ladies in their first game at their new home at Corinthian Casuals 1-0 they followed up today by brushing aside Madstone United 3-0 away from home. With form like that it won’t be long before glory hunting bloggers like myself jump on the bandwagon and head off down there on a Sunday…

A few articles to come this week. One of them relating to the old polls, and onother introducing a new one on a contentious issue… This won’t get in the way of a full preview of Oxford on Saturday (and doesn’t waiting a week feel a long time? We have been spoiled with the frequency of games so far!)

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Conference Score and Match Reaction Altrincham 23.8.09

Firstly, and just in case anyone has tuned in late not knowing the score…

Altrincham    (0) 0

AFC Wimbledon    (0) 1    Kedwell (82)

And that, if you didn’t know, has taken AFC Wimbledon into 4th place. True, only five games have been played, but for the young Wimbledon side this is more experience. Perhaps next year, we may be in fourth place preparing to face the league leaders with five games to go?

In truth, we probably don’t have the experience, as well as a lack of depth among our striking options, to hold up a serious playoff challenge over the course of this season. Look at how Kettering tailed off last year when they became preoccupied with the FA Cup. I expect a decent run in the FA Cup this year, and perhaps a huge push to get to Wembley in the Trophy.

I expect this season to be exciting. I also think we will win more games than we lose. Yet for every battling away win at places like Altrincham we are going to trip up in the manner we did at Eastbourne… especially in situations where the pressure is on. Plus although Salisbury rolled over for us last Tuesday, we are going to come across opponents hanging around the bottom half who will all of a sudden become very hard to break down.

I expect us to give Oxford a really good game on Saturday. Yet it’s how we perform in the following two games against Grays and Tamworth that will decide whether we are still in the playoff places come 5pm on the first Saturday of September. Looking further ahead, at some point Danny Kedwell’s rich goalscoring form will come to an end. He’s never been prolific anywhere he has been – even last year it was more about the goals he created than the many he scored.

Plus Terry has already spoken about his desire for Luke Moore to chip in with a few goals this term. If Moore can hit twenty this season, as he has the tallent to achieve, perhaps that will take the pressure off Jon Main a little. The fact that no league sides came in for Main last summer probably has more to do with the fact he was under contract, and we would have asked for silly money. Yet even if he was a free agent, I can’t believe clubs would have been falling overthemselves to sign him. Perhaps he would have got a trial here or there, I don’t think anything would have come from it.

As I have said previously though, Main is still getting chances. Perhaps against Oxford or Grays he will race clear of the defence and stick it away this time, then chances are he will start chipping in goals. My biggest problem at the moment is we haven’t seen any goals from midfield. With players like Hatton and Taylor, even Duncan, shouldn’t we have seen a goal from one of them in the last five games?

Like the league table however, the goalscoring charts are normally skewed by early season form that cannot be kept up over the course of the season. I’m sure by the end of September we will be in a position to judge our strengths and weaknesses a little better. Until then, and looking at some of the fixtures we have coming up, my only recommendation to you all is just to enjoy it!

Finally, I heard a supporter of ours collapsed at the game yesterday, apparently the Altrincham stewards dealt with it very efficiently. I don’t know the fan in question, but needless to say my thoughts, and those of all Dons fans, are with them now.

PS In case you missed the earlier news, I wasn’t at the game so there will be NO MATCH REPORT from me. Never mind, to make up here are some offerings from the media, and some of my fellow fan sites;

Local Guardian/Surrey Comet –http://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/sport/football/4561030.Still_so_much_to_come_purrs_Dons_boss_Brown/

BBC Sport (for a laugh more than anything, see the description for the Alty chance…) – http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_conf/8207946.stm

BBC Sport text commentary – http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/w/afc_wimbledon/live_text/default.stm

Altrincham O/S report ***Excellent*** – http://www.altrinchamfc.co.uk/090822an.htm

It Must Be Dons – http://imbd.wordpress.com/2009/08/22/long-journey-for-3-lovely-points/

SW19s – http://sw19s-army.derrymeeleen.com/wp/?p=3904

AFC WimbledonMAD – http://www.afcwimbledon-mad.co.uk/news/loadroll.asp?cid=ED81&id=459412

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