Altrincham 0-1 AFC Wimbledon

Terry Brown saw his on-fire Dons leave it late to grab three priceless points in Manchester and roared: “there’s much more to come!”

Forward Danny Kedwell scored the only goal of the game – but his fifth of a remarkable seven days – to clinch a fine 1-0 win at Moss Lane.

Kedwell hit two on Tuesday against Salisbury and also notched a brace at Kettering last weekend.

Graham Heathcote’s Alty had started the season with a surprising points-tally and were joint top going into yesterday’s meeting.

But they came unstuck and become the latest side to succumb to Kedwell’s predatory instincts as his low 82nd-minute drive stole the show.

But it wasn’t all good news for AFC Wimbledon.

They may have moved into fourth place with this late victory but they were dealt a blow with the withdrawals of defensive lynchpins Paul Lorraine and Ben Judge.

Manager Brown said: “It was a fantastic three points for us – what a brilliant week!

“To think seven days and a few hours ago we were getting a bit nervy and awaiting our first win. Now we have had three on the bounce, and have scored seven goals. It’s wonderful.

“And I think we are only going to gain more confidence as we go on this season. We perhaps still need to get used to this league and the teams in it, but I’m over the moon with the start we’ve made.

“I think we gave as good as we got today. You know what you’re going to get coming to places like Altrincham. It’s tough and you have to work very, very hard to come away with anything.

“But we certainly did just that. It is another very encouraging three points.”

The first half is best described as forgettable for both sets of supporters – with Wimbledon bringing nearly 600 of their own to Manchester for the longest away journey so far.

It got better in the second half. Goalkeeper Stuart Coburn had to claw Derek Duncan’s attempt clear of danger before Alty substitute Colin Little started to cause the Dons defence problems at the other end.

The veteran striker was denied by James Pullen’s legs but that stung the away team into action.

Elliott Godfrey, who has had a mixed start to his first ever Conference Premier season, noticed Kedwell unmarked and the forward’s drive was not going to be kept out.

Both teams had their chances in the closing stages. Jon Main hit the post before Little and Robert Williams were wasteful.

But the Dons returned to the capital with the three points after a heaven-sent nine-point week.