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Seven Days – The Dons Week In Review (w/c 16th March)

Last week seemed to be all about the buildup to the Welling game. There seemed to be no other news worth talking about, so speculation took its place, which mainly came in the form of Wimbledon fans (myself included) trying to work out after which game we would clinch the title. But pride comes before a fall, and we were as guilty of that as Chelmsford were before Christmas. Unlike Chelmsford we haven’t spiralled down the table, not yet anyway. Plus we still hold a six point advantage over the villagers. Yet perhaps because of their intimidating victory over Chelmsford we are overlooking the fact that Trumpton haven’t really been on a hot run of form. They can quite easily have more performances like Welling and Newport between now and the end of the season. Results like Saturdays and the Eastleigh game just go to show how far they’ve upped their game in the big matches, and how much it has taken out of them by doing so in more winnable matches. It just goes to show just how hard it is to win a title, at any level. The closer you get to the finish line, the harder those three points are to pick up regularly.

As for Saturday itself, I don’t think there is too much to add that I hadn’t mentioned in the match report itself. Please excuse me for the contradiction over whether fans can make a positive difference to their team. What I meant to say was… While supporters can make a positive difference to the outcome of a match, its far easier for them to have a negative effect especially when the abuse is aimed at an individual. Basically, just support the team in their hour of need! Its not hard. Even I can manage it. There are circumstances when the team have to be told to buck its ideas up. When a team of championship winners find themselves around the relegation zone for example. Wimbledon, on the other hand, are six points clear at the top. Some players like Dwayne and Kennedy were coming back from injury, and Terry made the decision to play them ahead of Rob Saunders for continuity reasons, with Saunders only being in the squad for a week or so.

As for other club related news, ticket sales for the three upcoming away games seem to be progressing as well as possible. I managed to get my Eastleigh ticket before the game, and got reasonably close to the front of the queue for Bromley so couldn’t tell how far down the back of the Main Stand the queue went. As for Trumpton, well its looking like being a huge game. Tickets for that are on general sale after the Team Bath game, not being a season ticket holder myself (and I won’t be making that mistake again next year…). And thanks to sheer bad luck that turns out to be the game I miss due to being in the States for a week. Fortunately the three Mothers Day gifts I got my old mum has worked a treat, and she has volunteered to walk down to the ground and pick one up for me. Failing that I’d have to pay a friend to do it, or just write a begging letter to the club…

Hopefully there will be another post or two here before the Eastleigh Match Preview on Friday, and can I say thanks to all of you who have submitted positive comments about the blog here and on Old Central Repository. It really makes it worthwhile doing something I love anyway, knowing that its appreciated by other Dons fans.

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Seven Days: The Dons Week In Review (W/c 9th March)

I had this idea when I started writing ‘The Anonymous Don’ that I would write a weekly update every Monday outlining events over the past seven days. I’ve only just remembered, so apologies to you all for the delay in this edition of Seven Days… of course as this is the first week in existence of ‘The Anonymous Don’ I could have just not mentioned the delay. However, I am an honest man, and more importantly I couldn’t think of an introduction, so I thought I’d bluster on about nothing in particular for a paragraph or so until I got into the flow of the post.

Of course by far the biggest event last week was the launch of innovative new web log ‘The Anonymous Don’ on Wednesday. Already the web log has reached a milestone (ten people viewed the blog on Sunday), with literally a message of support flooding the email account. Well, I’m sure it was a message of support… it said “Why don’t you keep it original and not attend another game all season?”.

There were some other new additions to the Wimbledon family over the past week, three of them in total. The first, Jay Conroy, arrived on Monday, and was a familiar face to most Dons fans even if most of us couldn’t remember whether he was any good first time around.  Conroy is obviously the replacement for Luke Garrards replacement Andy Sambrook, if that isn’t too confusing. Whether Terry Brown will offer a contact to either Sambrook or Conroy is open to debate, but Conroy now has a real chance to put himself in the shop window during the title run in, and apparently has looked impressive in his two games this week.

One area of the team that definitely has a few contracts up for grabs for next season is in midfield, and it was the acquisition of Rob Saunders that (pleasantly) surprised me. I think only Hatton, Lee and perhaps Adjei have really claimed a contract for next year so far. Saunders arrival will hopefully be a firm kick up the arse to Davies and Finn, time will tell whether Saunders will be a capable longer term option, especially at a time when longer term ambitions a now geared towards us playing at a higher level next season. As with all positions the chances are Terry will bring in someone new during the summer and following a year long chase for his signature Saunders now has to prove to us how good he really is.

Its always exciting to sign a new striker, but I’m really looking forward to seeing Kezie Ibe on Saturday. It can’t have been too hard for him to turn down a month at Kingsmeadow, as Kedwell and Main are long overdue a rest, despite this week long rest between games. To have Kezie available to step in, when compared to Belal, Finn or Mason, well no disrespect to those players but you can see how bringing an experienced Conference striker into the squad is going to be a massive boost to our chances of winning this thing.

A solid four points with no return from Trumpton this week means we now hold a nine point lead. By rights we should have effectively won this league by now. There are a couple factors stopping us breaking out the fizzy stuff just yet. Firstly, Hampton have a game in hand. Ok, that only brings our lead potentially down to six, but it needs to be considered along with; Second, Hampton have to play us. And if they win and bring our lead down to say four points, If Hampton win that game in hand (against Chelmsford), we would be left needing a win ourselves on the last day, and how nerve wracking will that be? The third reason we should be cautious is … we are Wimbledon! We know from our history to expect not just the unexpected, but the downright surreal to happen. I can’t remember us blowing a huge lead at any point in our recent history, that just makes us overdue as far as I’m concerned.

Our destiny is well and truly in our own hands. Any victory Trumpton achieve over us will be a hollow one if we secure five victories from now until then, as a 15 point haul in our remaining games will win us the title unless Hampton start winning games by six or seven. Strictly speaking we need sixteen points. If we all cross our fingers and make lots of wishes, come 5pm Saturday that will be reduced to just ten points. And then I’m sure we really will all be breathing easier.

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