AFC Wimbledon 2-0 Gateshead

07/12/2009, by Jeff Bowron

A spectacular goal in each half condemned Gateshead to a 9th away defeat of the season in front of a 3,000 plus crowd in West London.

Fellow newcomers AFC Wimbledon eased to a fourth consecutive win without conceding through Ryan Gregory and Ricky Wellard strikes.

The two clubs fortunes have polarised since they reached the summit of the non-league game, with the Dons in the top six and Gateshead in the bottom six.

"We didn't do enough in the opening 45 minutes," said Bogie "there were one or two plusses to take from the game and there was no lack of commitment or effort, but we again came up short.

"We never got to grips in midfield until we were two down and, while we bossed the final half hour, we didn't look like getting back into the game.

"Wimbledon have scored goals from two great strikes but we've backed off for their opener and then, again, given away a free kick in a bad area for the second."

Gateshead played with Daryl Clare up front and Blackburn Rovers wide man Andy Haworth playing off the front man, but the experiment was abandoned before half-time.

"It is about how players perform not formations," countered Bogie "and while James Curtis was again immense at the back, and almost scored at the other end, we didn't carry a threat in the final third."

Dons midfielder Gregory broke the deadlock midway through the first half with a fine finish off the underside of the bar from the corner of the penalty area.

Danny Kedwell harshly had an effort ruled out after the break for a foul on the recalled Mark Robinson which could have gone the other way.

A Kris Gate foul on Elliott Godfrey on the hour however was punished by Wellard who whipped the free kick into the corner of the net.

Curtis then headed against the bar from a corner and schemer Phil Turnbull twice went close but the Wimbledon defence held firm.

"It was a bit scrappy and to be fair to Gateshead they came here to stop us playing while trying to play a bit themselves," said Wimbledon manager Terry Brown.

"I thought we had the rub of the green as they pressed towards the end. They did have several opportunities late on and we must learn to kill teams off."

Gateshead will now switch their attention to the FA Trophy on Saturday when they will look to progress to the 2nd round by beating Conference North basement club Harrogate Town at the International Stadium.

AFC Wimbledon: Brown, Conroy, Lorraine, Judge, Johnson, Taylor, Gregory, Wellard (Adjei 74), Hendry (Godfrey 46), Kedwell, Main (Montague 84).
Subs (not used): Turner, Hatton.
Goals: Gregory (22), Wellard (60).

Gateshead: Farman, Baxter, Swailes, Curtis, Robinson, Haworth (Williams 65), Turnbull, Keltie (Richardson 57), Phillips, Gate, Clare (Armstrong 77).
Subs (not used): Cave, Mackay.

Attendance: 3,209

Referee: Keith Yeo (Essex).