THE HISTORY OF WIMBLEDON FOOTBALL CLUB
1949
Monday, 26 December 1949
Isthmian League
Plough Lane
 
Wimbledon
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2 - 0
St. Albans City

With Doug Munday still suffering from an abscess on his toe Billy Cousins was promoted from the reserves with Bob Seares, who replaced the unavailable Charlie Smith in attack.

City had scored six goals in their previous outing, and started as if they meant to repeat the feat but, after a frenetic opening spell in which they did everything bar put the ball in the net, Wallis and Field broke down their supply and the Dons slowly gained the initiative. Sears and Derek Clarke frequently outwitted the visiting defence and Jim Smith was always dangerous. Clarke got the decisive first goal after eighteen minutes and it wasn’t until just before the interval that St. Albans again worried Jim Haydock, a twenty yard drive from Griffiths passing just wide. Smith countered with a cross-shot that keeper Sullivan did well to gather.

Immediately after the break Haydock got in the way of a drive from Sperrin. The winger was following up and got to the rebound first, but crashed his shot against the underside of the crossbar. Ron Head the broke clear and with only the keeper to beat shot wide. Clarke then got his second from a Sears’ pass and there should have been more goals for Wimbledon as Collings twice cleared off the line with Sullivan beaten and Head missed a penalty, but there was no further scoring and the Dons claimed the two points.