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Last Updated: Saturday, 9 August, 2003, 16:17 GMT 17:17 UK
Wimbledon 3-1 Crewe
Wimbledon overcame a difficult summer to get their season off to a fine start with victory over Crewe at Selhurst Park.

The Dons lost top-scorers Neil Shipperley and David Connolly over the summer and have been in administration as well as having problems finding a home.

Dave Brammer gave Crewe an early lead, but superb strikes from Patrick Agyemang, Alex Tapp and Nigel Reo-Coker earned them all three points.

Crewe drew first blood when Brammer fired them ahead in the seventh minute, curling a delightful left-footed effort into the top corner past a helpless Steve Banks.

The lead did not last long thanks to a wonderful goal from Agyemang who picked the ball up in the centre circle and burst through the Crewe defence before unleashing a fierce drive past Ince on 15 minutes.

The Railwaymen nearly rstored their lead midway through the half when Steve Jones vollied narrowly wide.

Another fantastic effort brought the second half to life when Tapp struck a superb left-footed half-volley from 30 yards out that curled over the head of Ince and into the net on 53 minutes.

Ten minutes later Reo-Coker gave the Dons breathing space with another fine strike.

Reo-Coker collected the ball outside Alex's box and curled a great effort into the net, once again giving Ince no chance.


Wimbledon: Banks, Holloway, Chorley, Leigertwood, Hawkins, Darlington, Reo-Coker, Gordon, Tapp, Agyemang, Nowland. Subs: Holdsworth, Heald, Jarrett, Gier, Kamara.

Crewe: Ince, Wright, Foster, Moses, Vaughan, Lunt, Brammer, Cochrane, Rix, Jones, Robinson. Subs: Bell, Bankole, Varney, McCready, Walters.

Referee: K Hill (Hertfordshire)




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