WIFC recorded their 6th win their last 7 outings at Parmiters School this Saturday, beating AFC Wimbledon A 2-1 and securing a London Cup Semi-Final berth in the process. Having beaten the same opponents in the last four in the previous campaign, WIFC will be happy to get a shot at emulating last season’s run to the final. While last season’s meeting resulted in a comfortable win for WIFC, this game was a far closer affair.
An attritional game, with chances at a premium and plenty of endeavor on both sides, left the outcome in doubt until the final stages. WIFC took the lead just before the break, when top scorer Rob Sterry connected with a deep Richard Murphy cross to give the home side a lead at the break. The visitors pressed in the second half, and following their equaliser they began to control the midfield battle. WIFC dug in and with the defence, led by Moz Clarke, Jamie Parkins and Richard Wenham, restricted the visitors chances despite their dominance.
WIFC retained a threat on the break, and won the game with the best move of the match. James Jenkins won a second ball in midfield, and beat a man before sending a great pass behind the full-back for Sterry to run onto. The pint-sized forward beat his man and sent a great low cross into the box where striker partner Dave Soloway met the ball with a perfect diving header to secure the win for the hosts.
The semi-final draw will be finalised between now and the end of December, with most of the remaining group games due to be played in the next two weeks.
|Group A||Pl||W||D||L||F||A||GD||PTS||West Ham||12||v||1||London Carlisle|
|West Ham||3||1||1||1||17||8||9||6||Stevenage||4||v||2||West Ham|
|London Carlisle||2||0||0||2||1||16||-15||2||London Carlisle||v||Barnet|
|Group B||Pl||W||D||L||F||A||GD||PTS||AFC Wimbledon B||5||v||1||Dagenham & R|
|AFC Wimbledon B||2||1||0||1||6||6||0||4||AFC Wimbledon B||1||v||5||Hampton & R|
|Hampton & R||1||1||0||0||5||1||4||3||Dagenham & R||v||Hampton & R|
|Dagenham & R||1||0||0||1||1||5||-4||1|
|Watford||2||2||0||0||6||1||4||6||Watford||2||v||1||AFC Wimbledon A|
|AFC Wimbledon A||2||1||0||1||5||2||4||4||AFC Wimbledon A||4||v||0||Leyton Orient|
|Leyton Orient||2||0||0||2||0||8||-8||2||Leyton Orient||0||v||4||Watford|
Team. 4-4-2, R to L. Jez Hinds; Phil McBride, Moz Clarke, Richard Wenham, Stu Nicholls; Richard Muprhy, James Jenkins, Rob Stone, Panos Fellas; Rob Sterry, Dave Soloway. Subs Brad Simmons, Jamie Parkins, Andy Myall, Matt Ainsley, Joel Moody.