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In focus: AFC Wimbledon match preview

1 March 2021

Take a closer look at the latest stats and facts in our match preview ahead of Town's Sky Bet League One clash with AFC Wimbledon.

AFC Wimbledon have endured a testing first half to their Sky Bet League One season as they currently occupy a relegation spot. The Dons' form in the last five has been indifferent, with two wins and three losses in the league. With 28 points on the board, the away side will be looking to leave Shropshire with all three in the hope of climbing the league table.

Joe Piggott has been a beacon of light and hope for Mark Robinson's side. The forward has already chalked up 13 league goals and four assists. The man who leads the line will give the Town back-line a stern test but the Shrews will be looking to start another positive run of results.

Name: AFC Wimbledon

Nickname: The Dons

Founded: 2002 (re-formed)

Chairman/owner: The Dons Trust

Biggest win: 4-0 v Burton Albion, League Two, 24 March 2012

Biggest loss: 2-6 v Burton Albion, League Two, 25 August 2012

Highest League finish: 15th, League One, 2016-17

Read Aaron Wilbraham's thoughts ahead of the tie...

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Aaron Wilbraham previews Town's clash with AFC Wimbledon

The Manager - Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson has been Interim Manager of the Dons since January 30 and will need no introduction to Wimbledon fans, having been with the Club since 2004.

The Dons boss holds a UEFA A coaching licence, and has served the Club as Head of Youth, Centre of Excellence Manager, Academy Manager, Lead Professional Phase Coach and Loan Manager, First Team Coach and, most recently, Interim Manager of the first team.

Goalkeeper - Sam Walker

Born in Gravesend, Walker spent his childhood career playing for local club Gravesend & Northfleet but was later signed by Millwall and Chelsea.

Since his time with the Blues, the shot-stopper has spent the majority of his time on the pitch during loan spells. Including spells with Northampton Town, Yeovil and Colchester United.

Following an impressive spell with Colchester United, the 'keeper joined the U's on a permanent basis in 2014 and spent four years as the man keeper at the club. Walker joined the Dons on loan from Reading at the start of the season to provide competition between the sticks.

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Defender - Will Nightingale

A central defender who signed his first pro contract in April 2014, having been with AFC Wimbledon from the age of 8.

He made his first-team debut in a 2-1 win over Accrington Stanley in January 2015, and was named man of the match. He won the Young Player of the Year award in 2016/17, and even though he spent long periods on the sidelines through injury, he has now made over 100 first-team appearances in his Dons career.

Midfielder - Alex Woodyard

Experienced midfielder Alex joined us in August after leaving Peterborough United. After a spell during his youth with Charlton Athletic, Alex joined Southend United as a 16-year-old and he made eight league appearances for The Shrimpers. However, he had to reignite his career in non-league after leaving Southend with stints at Dartford, Concord Rangers, and Braintree Town.

When Danny Cowley left Braintree Town for Lincoln City he was quick to bring Alex with him. That led to a fantastic spell with the Imps that included promotion to the Football League and a remarkable FA Cup run in 2016/17 that ended with a quarter-final defeat at Arsenal. His fine midfield displays attracted interest from Peterborough United and he made over 50 league appearances for Posh after joining them in 2018.

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Forward - Joe Piggott

The striker signed for Maidstone United in January 2018 and was top goal scorer with 18 goals in all competitions.

He played youth football with Charlton Athletic, was awarded a contract soon after his 18th birthday, and made his Addicks debut in August 2013. He had been on loan at Bromley the previous season, and more loans followed during his four seasons at The Valley, to Gillingham, Newport County, Southend United, and Luton Town. He signed for Cambridge United in 2016, but failed to break into the first team and went on loan to Maidstone, making the transfer permanent in May 2017.

Average league stats:

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Officials:

Referee: James Adcock

Assistants: Ian Smedley and Kevin Morris

Fourth officials: Christopher Sarginson

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Match Reports

Match report: Shrewsbury Town 1 AFC Wimbledon 1

2 March 2021

Points are shared as Harry Chapman’s first half wonder-strike is cancelled out by a late Wimbledon equaliser.

Town's return to Montgomery Waters Meadow was marked with a 1-1 draw with visitors AFC Wimbledon.

Despite Harry Chapman firing Town in the lead with a stupendous strike, Town had to settle for a point as the Dons worked their way back into the game with a second-half goal.

Both sides started the game looking to instantly put the opposition on the back foot, Shrewsbury having a positive spell of ball retention and a half chance was created when Dan Udoh slotted the ball into the path of Curtis Main but it was frustratingly cut out from Will Nightingale in the Dons defence.

David Davis made his full first-team debut and was looking lively, switching constantly to turn and find areas for Town to get on the break, he showed some positive signs in the opening minutes for Town in that free roam area in the midfield, he will be sure to have made a case for his place in the starting XI by the full-time whistle.

Some good build-up play from Davis put Town on the front foot, Nathanael Ogbeta whipped the ball in and it looped with a deflection for Charlie Daniels to connect with the volley which just slipped off target.

The game started to open around the 25-minute mark. Both sides were building positive spells of possession and getting into striking positions but to no avail. A fitting time for Harry Chapman to be introduced to the clash as he replaced Oliver Norburn who went off injured.

A fitting time indeed, the deadlock broken on the 34th minute. Substitute Chapman was found unmarked on the edge of the area from the Town corner, with one small touch and a looping curled effort, he picked out the far corner of the goal, leaving Dons keeper Sam Walker with no chance.

The second half started with Town trying to feed the main man Chapman, confident he would create more attacking chances. With some link-up play between himself and Davis in the middle, he released Main on the left whose cross was into an inviting area for the hosts but after a scramble, cleared away by Dons skipper Alex Woodyard.

A second for Town was on the cards in the 64th minute, some creative, fast-flowing play from the hosts who worked the ball to Ogbeta, coming in on his left but just losing balance and firing his effort high and wide of the near post.

Town did have the ball in the back of the net moments later, courtesy of Matthew Pennington and Dan Udoh. However, with Udoh’s final touch, he was ruled offside and the celebrations for Town were cut short.

Town saw their frustrations repeated just 10 minutes later when Main had the ball in the net from an Ogbeta cross. This time, the linesman was more prompt with his flag. Wimbledon then grabbed a late equaliser through substitute, Ayoub Assal when he poked his effort past Matija Sarkic.

Town were making a final push for the winner in a game they will feel they deserve three points in, after being ahead for the majority. They introduced Dave Edwards for the final five minutes to try and inject that final press into the home side

The teams:

Salop: Matija Sarkic, Josh Daniels (Shaun Whalley, 74) Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Ro-Shaun Williams, Matthew Pennington, Nathanael Ogbeta, Ollie Norburn (Harry Chapman, 31) Josh Vela, David Davis (David Edwards, 86), Curtis Main, Dan Udoh.

Subs not used: Harry Burgoyne, Scott Golbourne, Sean Goss, Rekeil Pyke. 

Wimbledon: Sam Walker, Alex Woodyard, Will Nightingale, Cheye Alexander, Shane McLoughlin (Ayoub Assal, 71) Ben Heneghan, George Dobson (Jaakko Oksanen, 72), Darnell Johnson (Luke O'Neill, 62) Ryan Longman, Callum Reilly (Jack Rudoni, 71) Joe Piggott.

Subs not used: Matthew Cox, Ethan Chislett, Nesta Guinness-Walker.

Officials:

Referee: Christopher Sarginson 

Assistants: Ian Smedley and Kevin Morris

Fourth officials: Richard Woodward

Bookings:

Shane McLoughlin was booked in the 67th minute for a foul on Josh Vela.

 

 

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Match passes: AFC Wimbledon

1 March 2021

Match passes are now available to purchase for Town's Sky Bet League One home clash with AFC Wimbledon.

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