Tired Dons Fall To Kidderminster Defeat

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Wimbledon’s recent yo-yo form continued on Sunday (26 September) with a 2-0 defeat at Kidderminster Harriers.

Just days after the high of beating Crawley Town 2-1 to go top of the table, the Dons suffered defeat in a game that had been put back 24-hours to give the players recovery time.

But the rest didn’t appear to have done the Dons much good as goals from Chris McPhee and substitute Marc Williams late in either half meant Wimbledon had a pointless journey back home.

Chris Bush, Sammy Moore and Steve Gregory all had chances to put the Dons ahead before McPhee struck against the run of play moments before the half-time break.

And, after the Dons had been denied an apparent penalty early in the second period when Ollie Thorne seemed to handle Mark Nwokeji’s effort, the clincher came with just four minutes when Williams fired home from a narrow angle.

Afterwards, manager Terry Brown commented to the club’s official website that it was “inevitable” that the Dons would lose after the highs of the Crawley victory.

Brown said: “[Our team] looked totally exhausted and I have to say they never really did themselves justice on the day.

“It is sometimes difficult as a manager to fully comprehend why sometimes your team doesn’t perform and in this particular case I would like to look at the bigger picture and compliment the lads on 22 points from 11 games.”

The Dons will be hoping to add to that points haul on Wednesday night (29 September) when they host Cambridge United at Kingsmeadow (7.45pm kick-off), while Forest Green Rovers are the visitors on Saturday (2 October).

Attendance: 1,565

Kidderminster: Lewis, Vaughan, Mike Williams, Hankin (Blair 73), Briggs, Morris (Marc Williams 77), McPhee, Byrne, Briscoe, Gittings (Shaw 90), Thorne. Subs not used: Albrighton, Stevens.

Goalscorers: McPhee 44, Marc Williams 84.

Booked: Thorne 90.

Wimbledon: Brown, Hatton, Bush (Wellard 67), Gregory, Franks, Harris, S. Moore, Yussuff (Blackman 61), Kedwell, Nwokeji (Main 67), Jackson. Subs not used: Turner, Jones.

Booked: Franks 40, Harris 64.

Referee: Darren Handley (Lancashire).

Rob Crane

September 27, 2010