New Look Dons Warm-up Game Provides Optimism for Coming Season

Rugby Result: Wimbledon 57 - Horham 15

Not all of last season's all-conquering squad have returned. Picture: Wimbledon RFC/Twitter

August 14, 2023

A sizeable squad was available for this warm-up game so many faces from the all-conquering Wimbledon team that last season secured promotion to National League 2, with a good number still to return from holiday/injury.

However, many of the players who contributed to Dons’ success last season have been lured away by clubs with a far larger player budget. However it is hoped that on the evidence of this Saturday’s performance many of them of been replaced by equally exciting new faces.

After a hectic and mistake-ridden opening ten minutes as the new and the old players got to know each other, even though they were swapped around every 30 minutes, they began to play as a strong attacking team. It soon became clear they would overwhelm a spirited Horsham side – a team just promoted to the league that Wimbledon dominated last season – and Dons did just that, producing a 57-15 victory.

Next week Wimbledon will be sending a 1st and 2nd XV to Chinnor for another warm-up game.

Like Reading Articles Like This? Help Us Produce More

This site remains committed to providing local community news and public interest journalism.

Articles such as the one above are integral to what we do. We aim to feature as much as possible on local societies, charities based in the area, fundraising efforts by residents, community-based initiatives and even helping people find missing pets.

We've always done that and won't be changing, in fact we'd like to do more.

However, the readership that these stories generates is often below that needed to cover the cost of producing them. Our financial resources are limited and the local media environment is intensely competitive so there is a constraint on what we can do.

We are therefore asking our readers to consider offering financial support to these efforts. Any money given will help support community and public interest news and the expansion of our coverage in this area.

A suggested monthly payment is £8 but we would be grateful for any amount for instance if you think this site offers the equivalent value of a subscription to a daily printed newspaper you may wish to consider £20 per month. If neither of these amounts is suitable for you then contact and we can set up an alternative. All payments are made through a secure web site.

One-off donations are also appreciated. Choose The Amount You Wish To Contribute.

If you do support us in this way we'd be interested to hear what kind of articles you would like to see more of on the site – send your suggestions to the editor.

For businesses we offer the chance to be a corporate sponsor of community content on the site. For £30 plus VAT per month you will be the designated sponsor of at least one article a month with your logo appearing if supplied. If there is a specific community group or initiative you'd like to support we can make sure your sponsorship is featured on related content for a one off payment of £50 plus VAT. All payments are made through a secure web site.