AFC WIMBLEDON stretched their winless run to six games in League Two as they were edged out by Hereford United.
Goals from Lyle Taylor and Tom Barkhiuzen had given the hosts a two-goal lead before Jack Midson’s second half-response failed to spark a fightback.
The visitors started the game brightly and a long-range effort from on-loan Sunderland midfielder Billy Knott forced David Cornell to make a superb early save.
Cornell was called into action again minutes later, scrambling to stop Midson forcing the ball over the line after Chris Bush had launched a long throw into the area.
Despite being outplayed in the opening stages, Hereford took the lead on 18 minutes when Ben Purkiss swung in a cross from the right and Lyle Taylor swept the ball past Seb Brown.
The Bulls doubled their advantage just after the half-hour mark as a sleeping Dons defence was deceived by Rob Purdie’s threaded pass to Taylor, with the forward turning provider to set-up Barkhiuzen for a simple finish.
The Dons refused to let their heads drop and seconds later they nearly grabbed a lifeline before half-time, however an unfortunate Midson saw his left-footed shot strike the post.
Boss Terry Brown would have stressed the importance of finishing to his players during the interval and AFC Wimbledon started the second period in the same pressing style as they began the first.
George Moncur and Knott both spurned chances and after the hour, Brown decided changes were needed and threw on Rashid Yussuff and Jason Euell to try and find the breakthrough.
But it was one of his starting XI who grabbed the Dons a lifeline as Midson (pictured) bundled the ball past Cornell from a Moncur corner to set up what should have been an exciting last 20 minutes at Edgar Street.
But despite pulling the goal back, the Dons failed to really threaten the Hereford goal and even the addition of Luke Moore could not inspire Brown’s men into a late turnaround.
Dons: Brown, Stuart, Bush, Mitchell-King, Hatton, Jolley, S Moore, Moncur (L Moore), Knott (Yussuff, 61), Midson, Harrison (Euell, 61). Subs not used: Turner, McNaughton.