Saturday, 09 March 1946
Isthmian League
Plough Lane
2 - 1

Tom Laker was selected in place of Ken Meredith, but was unable to play, so Len Taylor got another go at outside-left, otherwise it was an unchanged team for the visit of fellow strugglers and eventual wooden spoon winners, Kingstonian.

It was a nervous start from the Dons, with Haydock not as confident in his handling as usual and the backs forced to clear off the line on more than one occasion. At the other end the wings seemed determined to score rather than pass to better placed Edelston. Even so, K's were still in a tangle in defence, Richfield and Fuce combining well and Bryant forced to save from Edelston and Fennell before Fuce scored the opening goal. With eighteen minutes gone Richfield fastened on to a loose ball just inside the opposition half and, chased by two defenders, kept the ball under control and beat the keeper. Wimbledon overwhelmed the visitors for the rest of the half, but were unable to increase their lead.

Straight after the interval Abbott beat Haydock to a poor back-pass from Clark, but the defender recovered well and tackled the forward as he was about to roll the ball into an empty net. Richfield had two bites but was denied by Bryant scrambling across goal on all fours. It was end to end stuff. Lake hit the foot of the post with a splendid shot and Abbott missed an open goal, then Stevens and Lake charged Haydock as he was coming out to intercept a centre, the ball rolled towards goal and Gill, on the floor, hooked clear, but it hit Stevens and rebounded in. For the second week running Wimbledon missed a penalty, Richfield hitting the post after Foster handled. The Dons held firm under intense pressure in the last ten minutes to secure the victory and move off the bottom of the table at the expense of their opponents.