Reeves to the res­cue as Dons march on

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Sam Tobin

AFC Wim­ble­don boss Neal Ard­ley was left thank­ful for a 93rd-minute stun­ner from Jake Reeves that kept his side’s pro­mo­tion hopes alive.

The vis­i­tors broke the dead­lock against the run of play on 37 min­utes, when skip­per Rus­sell Penn rolled the ball into the bot­tom cor­ner be­yond a de­spair­ing Kelle Roos.

Wim­ble­don equalised when Rhys Mur­phy bun­dled the ball home 25 min­utes from time, but the game seemed des­tined to end level un­til Reeves’ un­leashed a mag­nif­i­cent 30-yard vol­ley with the last kick of the game.

“Jake’s a player who can dom­i­nate a game,” Ard­ley said. “Ev­ery op­po­si­tion man­ager, when we sit in their of­fice af­ter, says they like Reeves.

“He’s try­ing to join in and do the ugly side of the game and he’s done ev­ery­thing right for the goal. They’re mo­ments that can change a sea­son. Let’s hope they do.”

De­spite dom­i­nat­ing the first half, Wim­ble­don came in at the break a goal down, when Vadaine Oliver’s shot was blocked and sat up for Penn.

“It was harsh on us to come in 1-0 down,” Ard­ley said.“They very rarely threat­ened us, we were solid, we had a good shape about us.

“They’re those mo­ments when you think, maybe the luck’s go­ing against us, but you have to make your own luck.”

York City boss Jackie McNa­mara, mean­while, was left to rue his side’s in­abil­ity to close out the game. Their chances of stay­ing in the Foot­ball League are now hang­ing by a thread fol­low­ing Steve­nage’s 2-2 draw with ta­ble-top­pers Northamp­ton Town, leav­ing York seven points adrift of safety.

“I thought it wasn’t a pretty game by any means,” McNa­mara said. “The pitch dic­tated that, there were a lot of se­cond balls. To lose a goal at the end, it could’ve gone any­where, but un­for­tu­nately for us it’s gone in the top cor­ner.

“I do feel the re­sult was harsh.We knew com­ing in at the start of the se­cond half that it was go­ing to be ugly. I thought in the first half we caused them prob­lems by turn­ing them and I don’t think we did enough of that.”

Vadaine Oliver put the ball out of play in the fi­nal minute of added time, which ul­ti­mately gave Reeves the op­por­tu­nity to clinch all three points and McNa­mara was crit­i­cal of his player.

He added: “Vadaine’s had a good op­por­tu­nity to move for­ward and was quite waste­ful with that.

“As a re­sult, the ball’s ended up in the back of the net from a great strike from Reeves.

“Things can go wrong in a game, you make mis­takes, but it’s how you re­spond to that that sep­a­rates you from the teams at the top.”

STAR MAN BARRY FULLER Wimbl

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