Wimbledon captain Chris Hunt celebrated his 50th appearance in Wimbledon colours by helping his side clinch a valuable bonus point in the 60-30 Conference Trophy defeat at Trelawny on Tuesday night.

With the aggregate scores level, a run-off was needed for the bonus point, and after Joel Parsons was ruled out with engine problems, the popular Didcot based rider grabbed an unexpected victory after his opponent suffered an engine failure.

The bonus point helped the GMB Dons consolidate their position as second in the Trophy standings and gave the fans and riders some comfort for the long journey back from Cornwall.

Young Aussie Joel Parsons made his debut for Wimbledon in the defeat at Trelawny, and has been signed to appear in all the remaining Conference Trophy matches to replace the unavailable Mark Burrows who can only ride in League and Cup fixtures.

Parsons suffered a number of engine problems on his first appearance in GMB Dons colours but still notched up a respectable eight points and his capture marks another shrewd move from team boss Dingle Brown.

Brown commented on his new signing: "Joel is enjoying a great first season in the UK, and has impressed observers nationwide with his style and speed. Parsons rides for Rye House in the Conference League, but Rye boss Len Silver is aware of our chronic situation with injuries and his support has been appreciated by everyone at Plough Lane".

Meanwhile, Wimbledon Chairman Ian Perkin paid a warm tribute to skipper Chris Hunt for notching up an unbroken run of 50 appearances in Wimbledon colours. "Chris is a wonderful ambassador for Wimbledon and makes a great captain for the team. He has not missed a meeting for the GMB Dons and has consistently shown his commitment to the side since our opening fixture back in March 2002."

Wimbledon welcome current league champions Peterborough to Plough Lane next Wednesday night in a tight Conference League fixture, with the Londoners hoping to grab the bonus point after a narrow 48-42 defeat at Peterborough.