TWO-GOAL Michael Smith fired AFC Wimbledon into third in League Two with a convincing victory at York City.
The Dons marched into the automatic promotion places with their first away win of the campaign thanks to a superb double from the on-loan Charlton striker.
Neal Ardley made five changes to the side that were beaten in a 5-3 thriller at Griffin Park on Tuesday night in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
Fit-again Alan Bennett was re-instated to the Dons defence and Barry Fuller, Harry Pell, George Porter and Luke Moore were all restored to the starting XI.
Callum Kennedy, Rhys Weston, Peter Sweeney, Jack Midson and injured winger Kevin Sainte-Luce were the players to make way.
Chances were at a premium in the early stages with Harry Pell and George Francomb both failing to beat City keeper Michael Ingham.
But when the Dons had a clear sight of goal on the half-hour, on-loan Addicks forward Smith wasn’t about to waste the opportunity.
Smith was superb in last weekend’s win over Fleetwood and opened the scoring with a deft lob after being found by Andy Frampton’s long ball over the top.
The Dons controlled the match and Ardley looked to freshen things up midway through the second-half as Porter and and Francomb were given a breather.
Midson and Arthur were told to take their tracksuits off and it took just a matter of seconds for the latter to make an impact.
Arthur took possession of the ball and squared for the in-form Smith who had the simple task of sweeping in his second of the afternoon.
With the killer goal settling in the back of the net, Bootham Crescent started to empty out with around 20 minutes of football still to be played.
York, who will be sick and tired of playing the Dons given recent results against their conquerors, couldn’t find a response and Ardley’s boys held out for the win.
Next up are table-topping Chesterfield as the Dons look to continue their excellent start to the season.
DONS: Worner, Fuller, Frampton, Bennett, Fenlon, Francomb (Midson, 71), S Moore, Pell, Porter (Athur, 71), Smith, L Moore.
Subs (not used): Brown, Kennedy, Sweeney, Fayers, Strutton.
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