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Match Preview - A trip to The EnviroVent this Good Friday as we welcome Wimbledon

5 April 2023

Match Previews

Match Preview - A trip to The EnviroVent this Good Friday as we welcome Wimbledon

5 April 2023

We play host to AFC Wimbledon this Friday in the first of two fixtures over the Easter weekend and Simon Weaver will be hoping to build on the impressive showing in last weekend's 1-1 draw away to Tranmere Rovers.

The point on the road made it just one defeat in six games overall now for Town with it also being four games unbeaten at The Envirovent Stadium.

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Our opponents

The Dons come into the game sitting in mid-table on 46 points during what is their first season back in the bottom tier

They are averaging just under a point per game on their travels but their last victory away from home came in a 2-1 win at Colchester at the end of December.

Earlier this season

There was an tight encounter down at Plough Lane at the end of October when two late goals for Wimbledon overturned a 2-1 deficit to snatch all three points.

Paul Kalambayi struck first for the hosts before Luke Armstrong and Alex Pattison put Town ahead early in the second-half only for Courtney Senior and Josh Davison to strike in the final five minutes to give Wimbledon a 3-2 win.

The man in charge

Johnnie Jackson is in the dugout for tomorrow's visitors, having taken over at the club in the summer following relegation. Jackson was previously manager of Charlton Athletic, initially impressing on a caretaker basis before landing the job permanently.

Jackson also made over 400 appearances in his playing career for Tottenham, Colchester and Charlton.

Ones to watch

Iraqi international Ali Al-Hamadi arrived at the club in late January and has struck seven times in just ten games so far.

Youngster Josh Davison has nine goals and four assists on the season with Ethan Chislett finding the net on seven occasions.

Alex Woodyard will anchor the midfield for the Dons with January loanees Kasey McAteer, Armani Little and Saikou Jenneh all pushing for starting spots.

History

The story of AFC Wimbledon is a well-known one, with the club being formed 20 years ago after the sanctioning by the FA of the move for Wimbledon FC to relocate to Milton Keynes.

The new club restarted in the ninth tier of English football, earning six promotions to make its way back to the EFL in 2011, with a further promotion to League One in 2016 before suffering relegation last season.

The club also moved back to their previous ‘home' at Plough Lane in November 2020, with the ground built on the site of the old Wimbledon greyhound stadium just 250 years from the original Plough Lane.

Team news

Town's continue to have long-term absentees Stephen Dooley and Kayne Ramsay on the side-lines but otherwise will be at full-strength for the back-to-back programme over the Easter weekend.
 

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