The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Chris Spit­tles

JACK COMP­TON’S first hat-trick dented Wim­ble­don’s play-off prospects and en­sured Yeovil’s re­vival un­der Dar­ren Way con­tin­ued.

The Glovers were head­ing to­wards a third suc­ces­sive rel­e­ga­tion be­fore Way suc­ceeded Paul Stur­rock in De­cem­ber but now look ca­pa­ble of avoid­ing the drop.

The Dons had chalked up four con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries to move to the brink of the play-offs, but Yeovil fully de­served to win.

Wim­ble­don led twice in the first half through David Fitz­patrick and Tom El­liott but saw Comp­ton equalise both times be­fore scor­ing the win­ner from the penalty spot af­ter the break.

“This was the best per­for­mance and the big­gest achieve­ment of my time in charge so far,” said Way. “To come here and win is fan­tas­tic.

“When you look at the form Wim­ble­don have been in and the run they had been on it’s a re­ally big win for us. They’ve got a strong squad and a re­ally im­pres­sive strike force but we were the bet­ter team.

“I’m de­lighted to have scored three goals away from home and our group of play­ers are strong at the mo­ment. Con­fi­dence is re­ally high.

“They de­serve im­mense credit and I’ve told them they’ve got to do all they can to avoid rel­e­ga­tion, that they don’t want a rel­e­ga­tion on their CV and they don’t want to go away in the sum­mer hav­ing dropped out of the League.”

Dons boss Neal Ard­ley ad­mit­ted his side were not at their best and was dis­ap­pointed with the goals they let in. “We made a good start and took the lead but to con­cede three goals at home just isn’t good enough,” he said.

“I knew this would be one of our tough­est games and Yeovil de­serve credit be­cause their to­geth­er­ness and work ethic has been bril­liant.

“That was ex­actly the sort of game I ex­pected and we scored two good goals but too many play­ers didn’t per­form to their usual level.

“The goals we con­ceded were poor and the penalty we gave away was cheap, it was just lazy de­fend­ing.

“We should have ground out a win hav­ing taken the lead twice, but fair play to Yeovil, they were bet­ter than us.”

Wim­ble­don went ahead on nine min­utes with a bril­liant team goal as Jake Reeves and El­liott com­bined to set up Fitz­patrick to blast in from 20 yards.

Yeovil were level just three min­utes later as Liam Walsh sent Comp­ton clear and the winger slid the ball past home keeper James Shea.

On 30 min­utes Wim­ble­don re­gained their lead with Barry Fuller find­ing El­liott in space and the big striker volleyed past Ar­tur Krysiak from the edge of the area.

But they were ahead for only five min­utes be­fore Comp­ton scored his se­cond, curl­ing a free-kick on the touch­line past an em­bar­rassed Shea. And when Cal­lum Kennedy fouled Kevin Daw­son af­ter the break, Comp­ton scored the win­ner from the spot, com­plet­ing his hat-trick in the process.

PIC­TURES: Stu­art Butcher / Pro Sport

LEAD­ING THE WAY: Jack Comp­ton lifts Dar­ren Way af­ter he has scored his penalty

OPEN­ING GOAL: David Fitz­patrick cel­e­brates


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