Three Out Of Three For Rampant Dons

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The Dons kept their 100 per cent record on Saturday (August 21) with a comfortable 3-0 win against Tamworth at Kingsmeadow.

The Dons were at first made to work hard but once Sam Moore got the opening goal shortly before half-time it was all one-way traffic, and a second-half Danny Kedwell brace made it three wins out of three for the home side.

The tone for the first-half was set in the opening minute when Seb Brown was deemed to have picked up a backpass. Although the Dons survived the subsequent free-kick and a succession of corners, it set the tone for a disjointed first half with the team often unable to hold possession for more than a few passes.

But that all changed on 38 minutes when Steve Gregory’s 50-yard cross-field pass went via Luke Moore and Danny Kedwell to midfielder Sam Moore, who fired a low shot across goalkeeper Ross Atkins and into the corner of the net to give the Dons the lead.

The goal seemed to give the Dons a lift and they dominated the second half, with Brett Johnson and Ismail Yakubu often mopping up Tamworth’s threat even before they got over the halfway line.

But it wasn’t until the hour mark that the Dons went further ahead. Ricky Wellard fed Jon Main down the left and the striker’s cross-cum-shot found its way through to Kedwell at the far post who made no mistake from an acute angle.

And Kedwell got his second and the Dons’ third 10 minutes from the end. Sam Hatton had previously gone close with a thundering free-kick from just outside the box but, when given a similar opportunity, he casually lifted the ball over the Tamworth defensive wall to where Kedwell was lurking unmarked. The burly striker leisurely waited for it to come down to volleying height before twisting to smash the ball home for a well-worked training-ground goal.

The win left the Dons joint top of the table with Luton as the only teams with 100 per cent records. Afterwards, Dons boss Terry Brown told the Surrey Comet: "I’m actually delighted not to be top of the table: you don’t want to peak too early!"

And, with the trip to bottom-of-the-table Rushden & Diamonds this Tuesday (24 August), he warned: "The last thing you want is for people to get carried away, and they can do after a good start sometimes. We’ve probably played three clubs with the lowest budgets in the league and I’m aware of that.

"But how can you not be delighted with three wins from your first three games?"

After their visit to Rushden & Diamonds on Tuesday, the Dons travel to Eastbourne Borough on Saturday (28 August) in a game that is all-ticket for Wimbledon fans.

Attendance: 3,144

Wimbledon: Brown, Hatton, Blackman, Gregory, Yakubu, Johnson, S. Moore (Yussuff 74), Wellard (Jackson 82), Kedwell, Main (Jolley 70), L. Moore. Subs not used: Turner, Harris

Tamworth: Atkins, Tait, Marshall, Wylde, Mitchell, Smith, Mackenzie (Lake-Gaskin 51), Perry (Farrell 63), Rodman, Thomas, Bradley (Oakes 63). Subs not used: Sheridan, Lyttle

Booked: Oakes 70

Referee: Kevin Johnson (Somerset)

Rob Crane

August 23, 2010