THE HISTORY OF WIMBLEDON FOOTBALL CLUB
2001
 
03 November 2001
Nationwide League Division 1
Selhurst Park
Attendance: 6,189
Ref: Rob Harris
 
Wimbledon
Andy Roberts, Jobi McAnuff
2 (1) - (0) 1
Grimsby Town
Stuart Campbell
1
Danny Coyne
12
Danny Butterfield
Yellow 82 Subbed 88
17
Menno Willems
4
Marlon Broomes
11
Paul Groves
3
Tony Gallimore
10
Stuart Campbell
Goal 49
16
Stacy Coldicott
Subbed 76
7
Alan Pouton
20
Jonathan Rowan
Subbed 46
19
Bradley Allen
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35
Michael Boulding
Sub (20 46)20
26
Ronald Ermes
34
David Beharall
Sub (16 76)16
22
Ben Chapman
Sub (12 88)12
29
Chris Bolder

Wimbledon scrambled to a narrow victory over Grimsby thanks to Joel McAnuff's 82nd-minute deflected goal.

Lennie Lawrence's resolute Grimsby had looked set to leave London with a share of the points.

But McAnuff settled the match with a deflected long-range drive after coming on as a second-half substitute.

The Dons looked as though they would stroll to victory after midfielder Andy Roberts grabbed his first of the season with a powerful drive 10 minutes before half-time.

But Wimbledon lacked the imagination and creativity to break down a well-drilled Grimsby defence.

Mariners boss Lenny Lawrence turned the match around by bringing on Michael Boulding for the ineffective Jonathan Rowan.

Within three minutes, Boulding's direct running created space for midfielder Stuart Campbell to curl a shot from the edge of the box past Kelvin Davis for the equaliser.

But for a smart save from Davis, the Dons could have been further behind 10 minutes later when Danny Butterfield's volley appeared goal-bound.

Wimbledon piled on the pressure during the second period and the Grimsby defence, which had looked so solid, began to creak.

Former Grimsby striker David Nielsen, playing on the right wing, should have scored 10 minutes after the re-start but instead fired high over the crossbar.

Dons strikers Neil Shipperley and David Connelly failed to get on the end of testing crosses sent in Kevin Cooper and McAnuff.

The drab affair was finally decided in a fitting manner with a scrappy winner for Wimbledon which went in off Grimsby sub David Beharall.