Kidderminster Harriers 0-1 AFC Wimbledon
A joyous rendition of "Jingle Bells" rang out as the final whistle blew at Aggborough, with the Dons recording their second win of the week in impressive style.
One goal does not sufficiently emphasise the control Terry Brown's side exuded over this game. Fans who had waited patiently for summer signing Wellard to realise his potential, were afforded several glimpses of his passing prowess, including a defence splitting ball into the path of Danny Kedwell, who accelerated passed his marker and fired at an angle across the Kidderminster keeper Coleman for the only goal of the game in the twentieth minute.
Jon Main should have done better with a gilt edged chance after coming on for the injured Moore, managing only a tame header straight at the keeper.
Perhaps the difference between this performance and those of recent games was the arrival of midfield enforcer Hendry, who could yet be the answer to the Dons powderpuff playing position. Whilst not fully match fit, he was ready to get involved in all that was going on around him, and that could be of considerable benefit as we approach the inclement weather period when flair players can become bogged down.
If Wellard was the flair player here, his pass to Kedwell for the goal came as a result of Will Hendry's ball winning exploits, so good teamwork all round was on display.
Goalkeeper Brown was rarely called into action but defenders Lorraine and Judge can take a lot of the credit for this, notwithstanding a poor finish by Kidderminster's Smikle after having been put through by Spencer. Brown never looked flustered.
Right back Conroy was another star performer for the Dons, with timely interventions and marauding forward runs.
All in all it was a happy outing for around 500 Dons fans who braved the elements and train disruption to see their season starting to get back on track.