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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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