Scunthorpe 0 v Wimbledon 1
Luke Moore's second-half strike earned Wimbledon an FA Cup upset as they beat League One side Scunthorpe on Tuesday night (22 November).
The Dons had held the Iron 0-0 in the original tie but won this encounter when Moore was on hand to slot home after Jack Midson saw his initial effort blocked.
It was just reward for the Dons who put in a hardworking performance against a side that was in the Championship last season and now face Bradford in the Second Round.
Manager Terry Brown sprang a surprise by leaving leading scorer Jack Midson on the bench, despite being without Christian Jolley and Kieran Djilali through injury, leaving Charles Ademeno to plough a lone furrow up front.
Despite being largely content to soak up Scunthorpe pressure and hit them on the break, the Dons had already had one Luke Moore effort high and wide before home keeper Sam Slocombe was forced into a smart 11th-minute save from a Sam Hatton free-kick.
When the home side did threaten, Seb Brown blocked from a close-range Bobby Grant effort and, shortly afterwards, from Mark Duffy.
But the first-half ended on an encouraging note for the Dons as Sammy Moore fired narrowly wide from 25 yards.
Midson was brought on at half-time as the Dons sought to press home their advantage in possession and was immediately in the action, setting up Wellard who could merely shoot at Slocombe, before Rashid Yussuff saw an effort blocked.
Scunthorpe did have two Chris Dagnall efforts, one saved by Brown and another blocked by Jamie Stuart, but their play was littered with errors, much to the frustration of the home support.
And that frustration only increased when the Dons took a 65th-minute lead. Chris Bush played an excellent ball for Midson and, when his effort was saved by Slocombe, Moore pounced to put the Dons ahead.
It could have been 2-0 moments later, when Ademeno deflected Luke Moore's effort over the bar. And at the death the Dons were nearly made to pay for that miss as Andy Barcham's cross was deflected onto the bar off Max Porter and Brown pulled off a good save from Garry Thompson.
But the Dons successfully saw the game out and now travel to League Two strugglers Bradford on 3 December for the right to join the big boys in the Third Round draw.
The Dons will be keen to take their recent form with them when they travel to Burton Albion this Saturday seeking to end a sequence of six league games without a win.
Scunthorpe: Slocombe, Wright, Nolan, Togwell (Norwood 82), Nelson, O'Connor, Dagnall, Duffy (Thompson 72), Grant, Canavan, Barcham. Subs not used: Byrne, Robertson, Palmer, Johnstone, Ajose.
Booked: Togwell 45.
Wimbledon: Brown, Hatton, Johnson, Stuart, Bush, S. Moore (Porter 72), L. Moore, Yussuff, Wellard, Ademeno (Mulley 79), Jackson (Midson 46). Subs not used: Turner, Minshull, Franks, Kiernan.
Goalscorer: L. Moore 65.
Booked: Yussuff 59.
By Rob Crane
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November 25, 2011