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27 April 2019 Venue The Cherry Red Records Stadium Attendance

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The Big Match Preview: AFC Wimbledon vs Wycombe

All you need to know.

26 April 2019

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

AFC Wimbledon vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 27th April 2019, k.o. 3pm
Cherry Red Records Stadium
Referee: Andy Davies

It's been a good couple of weeks for the Chairboys, collecting six points from three games to ensure their destiny remains in their own hands in the battle for survival in League 1 - a mission that could be completed this weekend.

A draw at AFC Wimbledon would ensure they'll be playing third tier football next season, but there's a catch - the Dons realistically need a victory to keep their own hopes alive, and have lost just once in 10 games in an impressive pursuit so far of the Great Escape.

The Chairboys were coasting in the top half of the table when the Dons stunned Adams Park with a 2-1 away win in one of Wally Downes' first games in charge, and they've gathered momentum ever since, giving themselves hope of extending their stay in League 1 for a fourth season.

It'll be a first return to the Cherry Red Records Stadium for Adebayo Akinfenwa, who scored the goal at Wembley to seal their play-off final win in 2016, and the Dons will know all about the Beast... but whether they can stop him or not remains to be seen.

Tickets
This game is sold out in both the home and away ends; fans are urged not to attend the stadium if they do not have a ticket.

Pre-booked tickets can be collected from AFC Wimbledon ticket staff at the top of Jack Goodchild Way; there will be ticket checks for all supporters at the top of Jack Goodchild Way (entrance to the ground).

For access to the bars, tickets will also be checked before the game, at half-time, and after the match. Unfortunately, Wimbledon are unable to welcome Wycombe supporters into the bar areas.

Beamback
Can't get to the game? Join us in the Caledonian Suite for a live beamback; full details here.

Team News
AFC Wimbledon expect to be without Scott Wagstaff and Rod McDonald due to injury, but have an otherwise fully fit squad to choose from.

Ex-Don Darius Charles is Wanderers' only confirmed absentee.

Kit
Wanderers will be in their orange change strip.

Man in the middle
Andy Davies officiated Wanderers' 3-0 loss at Luton earlier this season.

He's shown 118 yellow and six red cards in 35 games this term.

Stay off the pitch - EFL directive
Wanderers would like to request that all supporters remain in the stand for the completion of this match, whatever the outcome.

The safety of players, managers, fans and match officials is of paramount importance and supporters who encroach on the pitch risk facing a banning order as well as a criminal conviction, while the club(s) could also face a fine.
 
We therefore ask that you support us in this way and remain in the stands at all times.

Thank you for your continued support.

Travel
By Adrian Wood

POST CODE: KT1 3PB

Using the car? These are the recommended road directions
Head towards London on the M40. Leave the motorway at Junction 1A then take right-hand lane, and then join the M25 anticlockwise following signs to ‘Heathrow’. Continue to Junction 10 and take the A3 northbound towards London. At the exit for New Malden/Worcester Park, turn off and take the left into Malden Road (A2043) towards Kingston Follow this to the next roundabout. Take the first exit into Kingston Road (A2043 still) and the stadium is one mile on the left.

Mileage from High Wycombe = 44 (approx. journey time 1 hour 10 minutes).

Recommended area for car parking
The car park at the Cherry Red Records Stadium is free to use, but can be full up to 90 minutes before kick-off. Street parking is available in the local area, however please park considerately if using local roads.

Using the train?
The nearest railway station is Norbiton which is less than a mile from The Cherry Red Records Stadium. Trains run from Waterloo every 15 minutes via Clapham Junction and Wimbledon. Leave the station via the back exit, and take the first left onto Norbiton Avenue. Turn right at the end onto Gloucester Road. Take a left on to Cambridge Road and walk 400 yards until you reach the stadium on your right. New Malden station is also within walking distance.

Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 4,850 (seating for 2,265). Away fans are mostly housed on one side of the Rygas Stand at one side of the pitch. This small shallow terrace is partly covered to the rear and can accommodate up to 675 visiting fans. It is shared with home supporters. Away fans are located towards the John Green Stand side of the terrace and are adequately separated from the home fans. There is also a small flat standing area beside the stand which also leads to the refreshment area and toilets. In addition, 74 seats are made available in the John Green Stand, which is a relatively new covered stand.

Spare time on your hands?
There are two bars inside the main Paul Strank Stand and away supporters are usually admitted. There is not much around the stadium. One option is the “Bricklayers Arms” on Hawks Road, which is around a ten-minute walk from the stadium. To find this pub go along Kingston Road which becomes Cambridge Road. Where the road forks, bear left (signposted Surbiton) into Hawks Road and the pub is down on the right. Another option is to visit Kingston or New Malden town centres – bus number 131 goes past the ground from both towns. On New Malden High Street there is a Wetherspoons outlet called “The Watchman” which is located near to the Fountain roundabout on the 131 bus route.

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Match Reports

Report: AFC Wimbledon 2-1 Wycombe

Pigott the hero after Allsop saves early penalty.

27 April 2019

Joe Pigott scored twice after having an early penalty saved by Ryan Allsop to condemn the Chairboys to defeat, though results elsewhere have all but secured Wanderers' place in League 1.

Allsop made amends for conceding the penalty by keeping out Pigott's spot-kick but the striker did break the deadlock, heading home a corner.

Alex Samuel levelled the scores with a near-post finish before Pigott headed home the winner, with Wimbledon holding on to their lead despite some late Wanderers pressure.

Wycombe will be safe from relegation unless they lose next Saturday and suffer a drastic swing in goal difference with Plymouth and Southend both winning their games.

Gareth Ainsworth was forced into one change to his side, with Sido Jombati missing out with a broken foot, prompting Anthony Stewart’s return to the team.

The hosts started assertively, looking to involve striker Joe Pigott in every move, and he helped win an early corner which was headed over the bar by James Hanson, arriving late at the back post.

And Hanson was then involved in a major talking point, racing onto a through-ball and poking it past the onrushing Ryan Allsop, who brought him down in the challenge. The referee wasted no time in pointing to the spot, and –after a delay for treatment – showed a yellow card to the keeper. Wimbledon fans were baying for a red card, and were more incensed to see Allsop make a superb save from the penalty, guessing the right way to deny Pigott.

It needed to serve as a wake-up call for the Blues, who’d yet to get going in the game, and they improved with a fast counter-attack down the right which culminated in Nick Freeman’s teasing dinked cross being well defended just ahead of Adebayo Akinfenwa.

Then Adam El-Abd hit the post with a header from Jason McCarthy’s corner following excellent work from Alex Samuel down the left, before McCarthy’s dangerous free-kick was well tipped over by keeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Half-chances arrived for Scott Kashket and Dominic Gape, either side of a free-kick from Anthony Wordsworth which landed kindly in Allsop’s arms, before Wimbledon took the lead, with Pigott atoning for his earlier miss with a routine header from an inswinging corner.

Wycombe all of a sudden could have been 2-0 down when James Hanson was freed down the middle but, with El-Abd for company, took his shot early and Allsop stood firm to beat it away.

1-0 was how it stood at half-time, but Wanderers came out with renewed vigour in the second period and earned their equaliser, given to them by Alex Samuel on 49 minutes. Steve Seddon lost his footing at a vital moment in the Wycombe penalty box with a golden chance to make it 2-0, but the visitors broke and when McCarthy crossed to the near post, Samuel was on hand to bundle home.

It was so nearly 2-1 to Wycombe moments later, with Samuel again at the heart of it. Scott Kashket worked wonders down the right to fashion a crossing opportunity, and his delivery was perfect for Samuel to soar above his man but send his header crashing against the woodwork.

And they were made to pay moments later, when Pigott restored Wimbledon’s advantage. A cross from the left hung in the air after challenges from players of both sides but it fell kindly for Pigott to nod past Allsop from close range.

The visitors’ response was strong, with Wimbledon beginning to sit deeper and invite the pressure, though they did enough to deny clear-cut chances, with Nick Freeman trying his luck with a snapshot from distance which was beaten behind by the keeper.

Curtis Thompson and Samuel both drilled straight at the keeper from the edge of the box, while Wanderers made their first change, introducing Nathan Tyson for Scott Kashket.

Wimbledon made a double change on 78 minutes, bringing off Pigott and the injured Paul Kalambayi as Tennai Watson and Dylan Connolly took their place. Further subs arrived with Matt Bloomfield and Paris Cowan-Hall entering the fray, but the Dons were showing enough resilience to keep the Blues at bay despite late pressure.

Results elsewhere mean Wanderers sit three points clear of the drop with significantly superior goal difference, suggesting that survival will be officially clinched on the final day at home to Fleetwood.

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