Chester City 3-1 AFC Wimbledon

By AFCW Mad Reporter
Last updated : 01 November 2009
Terry Brown's tinkering and a loss of form by several of his players, possibly with their minds on Millwall, were contributory factors as the Dons went down 3-1 to bottom club Chester City at the Deva Stadium.

It was 99 league games ago when Chester last managed to string together consecutive league wins, and the few supporters still attending their matches were rejoicing.

How much of this result was down to Chester's quality and how much due to the Dons still finding out how best to play without the departed Chris Hussey, is open to debate. His replacement, Ashton was unable to make a similar impact on the side, and for reasons unknown, usual first name on the team sheet Sam Hatton was not present, giving the midfield another variation in personnel. Other defenders were played seemingly out of preferred position, to poor effect.

Mention must be made of the the impressive John Danby in the City goal, who brilliantly prevented Jon Main getting a second goal.

The unfortunate Stephen Gregory put through his own net to add to an early strike from Chester's top scorer Chadwick, with Wimbledon only registering another Jon Main strike in the dying moments of the first half. In the second half, countless chances went begging for the Dons, with the normally prolific Kedwell and Main amongst the culprits.

Wellard, who had a shot cleared off the line earlier in the game, was sacrificed for Godfrey but instead of the Dons forcing an equaliser, Chester notched a third through Blundell to kill off the contest and boost their survival hopes, dampening the spirits of the 650 strong travelling Dons army.

Had it not been for the goalkeeping efforts of Danby however, further efforts from Main and Moore would have gone in on another day and the result might have been different. Having said that, Keltie's strike from 30 yards for the home side might equally have put the game further beyond Wimbledon, without the intervention of the crossbar and upright!

Back to the drawing board for Terry Brown, as the Dons slip to tenth place with defeats becoming more commonplace. The unremarkable Histon are next in the table, showing how much dropped points count in this division, whilst leaders Oxford march on relentlessly.

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