Writer: Vital York
Date:Saturday November 10 2012
Sat 10th Nov 3pm
York City crashed to a 3-0 home defeat to lowly AFC Wimbledon following a dreadful performance at Bootham Crescent.
Byron Harrison earned the visitors an early second-half lead before Stacy Long and Jack Midson, from the penalty spot, added further goals during the closing ten minutes.
Manager Gary Mills had earlier handed an immediate debut to latest signing Alex Rodman and also recalled Lanre Oyebanjo in defence. Daniel Parslow and Patrick McLaughlin both moved to the bench.
The Dons made half-a-dozen changes from the side which achieved a determined 1-1 draw in the FA Cup first round at the same venue last week.
But the first-half proved a truly dismal spectacle as both sides struggled to create anything of note in a really scrappy encounter.
The Minstermen opened in sloppy fashion and Dons striker Midson drove straight at Michael Ingham after a loose pass from probably their best player, Danny Kearns, who then had a cross gathered by Seb Brown.
Wimbledon were actually looking marginally the better of two decidedly poor sides without creating much in the way of a direct threat. They did manage to force a couple of corners before record signing Harrison glanced a header wide from a third.
A promising break from on loan midfielder Kearns suddenly lifted the home faithful and Jason Walker eventually hooked over after the corner wasn't properly cleared.
Walker struck another effort wide as York finally began to push as half-time approached, and for most in attendance the break probably couldn't come fast enough.
York were attacking towards their favoured end during the second period. But if the home supporters were expecting an improvement they were to be left extremely disappointed.
The Dons again came out the better and Long saw an effort deflected wide before Midson was also off-target. Oyebanjo's long throw was dangerously knocked on at the other end until goalkeeper Seb Brown eventually gathered.
But the visitors broke from a York corner on 54 minutes and Harrison took advantage of shocking defending by racing away and steering past Ingham.
The Minstermen replied with three quick changes from the bench and Oyebanjo sent a rising shot over, while Kearns and Oyebanjo each had further attempts deflected behind.
Wimbledon should really have extended their advantage when Yado Mambo's close-range effort was blocked by Ingham and the visitors were then wide from the following corner.
Substitute Charlie Strutton also headed over from George Francomb's delivery before Kearns' cross in reply produced only a tame Chris Smith header at Brown.
The visitors were to make the contest safe during the final ten minutes as first Long drilled into the bottom corner from the edge of the area to double their advantage.
Four minutes later York defender Smith was penalised for a challenge on Strutton inside the area and Midson converted from the spot.
That was game over despite home substitute Jamie Reed slicing wide and team-mate Jamal Fyfield delivering an inviting late cross - but by then many of their fans had already long-since departed.
York City: Ingham, Oyebanjo, C. Smith, Carlisle, Fyfield, Kerr, Kearns, Blair, Chambers (Reed 65), Walker (O. Johnson 65), Rodman (Challinor 58)
subs (unused): Musselwhite, Parslow, Doig, McLaughlin
AFC Wimbledon: Brown, Osano, Antwi, Mambo, Meades, Long (Jolley 88), Francomb, Gregory (H. Johnson 88), Reeves, Harrison (Strutton 75), Midson
subs (unused): Jaimez-Ruiz, Cummings, Fenlon, L. Moore
Goals: Harrison (54), Long (80), Midson (pen 84)
Ref: T. Bates
Att: 3,585 (400 Wimbledon)
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Date:Saturday November 10 2012
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