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The Vanarama National League South

Dons Draw

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Att: 2859
AFC Wimbledon
Smeltz (41), Butler (51)
2 - 2
Slough Town
McCleary (61), Hodges (67)
Garath McCleary
Slough travelled to Kingsmeadow to face AFC Wimbledon and gain revenge for an early season 2-0 defeat by the Dons.

SLough had a good chance early on where Ian Hodges headed over Andy Little but captain Steve Butler was on hand to head the bouncing ball round the post and out for a corner. Hodges fired the resulting corner well over.

Mark Avery copied Steve Butlers example with a better goal line clearance at the other end. Shane Smeltz firm downard header had beaten an advancing Clark Masters but Avery did superbly to block on the line and get the ball away from danger.

Hodges again went close for Slough as Garath McCleary beat his man down the right and swung the ball in. Hodges connected well with his header but it went narrowly over.

The two sides were exchanging chances as Steve Butler went close with a headed effort of his own. The hosts took the lead in the forty first minute. Leon Woodruffe played the ball back towards Avery who had to make a hurried headed clearance which Richard Butler intercepted. The striker fed the ball forwards for the diagonal run of his strike parter and Smeltz finished calmly across the goal.

Smeltz went close to doubling his sides advantage as he cut inside from the right channel but Masters just got enough on top of the ball to stop it and the keeper was able to claim the ball as it wriggled out just behind him.

The Dons added to their score in the sixth minute of the second half as Smeltz and Richard Butler exchanged passes and the latter dinked the ball into the corner past Masters from the corner of the six yard box.

However, we've seen this season that a 2-0 advantage is usually a bad thing in games involving Slough as it has seen a number of comebacks from that scoreline and today was no different.

Within ten minutes, Slough had pulled one back through McCleary. Glen Harris cut the ball back from a free kick on the left hand side of the penalty box to the striker who rifled the ball home at the near post from outside the box.

Six minutes later and Slough drew level. McCleary beat Simon Sobihy down the left and crossed into Hodges at the back post. The striker was left with a relatively simple headed finish and he took the opporunity well under pressure.

Masters had to save well again from Smeltz as the striker found space on the right of the area, but again the keeper did well to get out quickly and smother the shot.

The two sides both had good spells in the remaining time of the game, but could not trouble the opposing keeper and settled for a point each in an entertaining game.

AFC Wimbledon Line up

Andy Little, Wayne Finnie, Dave Sargent, Anthony Howard, Barry Moore, Steve Butler (c), Dwaynne Plummer, Wes Daly, Richard Butler, Shane Smeltz, Michael Harvey. Subs: Simon Sobihy (for Finnie), Chris Gell (for Daly), Rob Ursell (For Plummer), Josh Lennie, Mark King

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