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The Big Match Preview: AFC Wimbledon vs Wycombe

All you need to know.

30 August 2019

Team news, tickets, travel and more...

AFC Wimbledon v Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 31st August 2019 (kick off 3pm)
Cherry Red Records Stadium
Referee: Alan Young

One of the shortest journeys of Wanderers' season takes them to a venue where they've never won in five visits during Gareth Ainsworth's reign as manager - but that hasn't stopped Sky Bet placing the Blues as slight favourites following contrasting starts to the League 1 campaign.

Wycombe remain unbeaten with three home wins and two away draws giving them their best ever start to a third tier season, but AFC Wimbledon have just one point from five tough tests which have included close encounters with promotion-hunting Sunderland, Ipswich, Fleetwood and Rotherham.

Wally Downes' men pulled off the great escape from relegation last term, thanks in no small part to a 2-1 win over the Chairboys in their penultimate fixture, but lost defenders Deji Oshilaja and Toby Sibbick to Championship clubs in the summer, while key man Will Nightingale has also been absent for much of the season so far.

Wanderers stars Darius Charles and Adebayo Akinfenwa return to their former club, where they both won promotion to League 1 in 2016, while Ainsworth himself of course was a former Wimbledon man in their Crazy Gang days in the top flight.

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Tickets are now off sale from the ticket office at Adams Park. Pre-booked tickets can be collected from the Cherry Red Records Stadium from 1pm on the day of the game.

Prices are as follows.

Standing
Adults: £17
Concessions*: £11
Under 18s: £4

*Concessions are over 65s and students with valid ID

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The Chairboys will make a late call on the fitness of Paul Smyth and Fred Onyedinma after the pair picked up knocks in recent weeks, while Adam El-Abd, Curtis Thompson and Sido Jombati are nearing a return.

AFC Wimbledon can call Will Nightingale back into the side but Rod McDonald misses out through injury, while Joe Pigott - who scored twice against Wycombe in April - is in line for a recall.

Kit
Wycombe will be in their yellow change strip for this fixture.

Man in the Middle
Alan Young has shown 16 yellow cards and one red card in four matches in the middle so far

His last involvement in a Wycombe fixture was the 3-2 comeback win over Scunthorpe at Adams Park last season, in which he showed a red card to Ryan Allsop which was later rescinded.

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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 and 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. After around 11 miles, at the exit for New Malden/Worcester Park, turn off and take the left turn 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 a little under one hour)

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. The main entrance to Kingsmeadow is 400 yards down on the right, with the away entrance a little further on past this on the right-hand side and is well sign posted. New Malden station is also within walking distance.

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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 we have received an allocation of 700 tickets. The terrace 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, we have received 74 tickets for seats 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”.

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Match Reports

Report: AFC Wimbledon 0-0 Wycombe

Blues remain unbeaten with third clean sheet from six.

31 August 2019

Wycombe continued their unbeaten start to the new season with a hard-earned point in a 0-0 draw with AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

The visitors had the greater chances in quality and quantity, particularly in the second half, but Scott Kashket, David Wheeler, Nick Freeman and Adebayo Akinfenwa were all unable to find the breakthrough as Wimbledon clung on for just their second point of the campaign.

Gareth Ainsworth was forced to do without injured forwards Paul Smyth and Fred Onyedinma, so David Wheeler came into the frontline while Nick Freeman was preferred to Alex Pattison in midfield.

Wanderers began brightly, and almost scored inside two minutes when Ryan Allsop’s long kick bounced through a crowd of players and towards the top corner, only for Wombles keeper Nathan Trott to intervene with a sharp response.

But then the hosts came back strongly, and it needed a fingertip save from Ryan Allsop to divert Nesta Guinness-Walker’s fierce cross-shot to safety, with Wimbledon’s fast-tempo approach beginning to pay dividends with space opening up down the flanks.

Wanderers were receiving no joy when it came to Adebayo Akinfenwa’s aerial duels, with referee Alan Young punishing him at every leap, but his strike partner Scott Kashket was looking dangerous with the ball at his feet, jinking his way into a shooting opportunity from 25 yards out, but finding the grateful gloves of Trott.

Dominic Gape and Wimbledon’s Will Nightingale were two of the stand-out performers early on, with the Wycombe midfielder winning the ball superbly to tee up Joe Jacobson who crossed for Akinfenwa, but his dangerous header back across the six-yard box was hooked to safety by the Dons’ skipper with Kashket lurking.

Then Scott Wagstaff unleashed a fierce drive at goal from 25 yards, which Allsop was equal to, and Luke O’Neill sliced a half-volley over the top following Joe Pigott’s cross from the left.

At the other end, Darius Charles flashed a header wide from Jacobson’s dangerous free-kick, and David Wheeler did excellently to start a counter-attack from deep which ended in Trott gathering a loose ball from Freeman’s cross.

The half ended goalless, but Pigott spurned a golden chance shortly after the interval, capitalising on Charles’ indecision but curling well over the bar from 15 yards.

Then, Kashket and Freeman combined well to pressure the hosts’ centre-back pairing which gave Freeman the chance to deliver a low cross from the byline, but Terell Thomas recovered in time to clear the danger.

The chance of the game then fell shortly after the hour-mark, and it should have been the simplest of goals for Kashket. Jacobson’s inswinging corner was flapped at by Trott and it caught an unmarked Kashket by surprising, bouncing off his thigh and towards the net only for Kwesi Appiah to scramble it off the line.

From the resulting corner, Charles’ bullet header fell for Akinfenwa with his back to goal, and his side-footed effort landed just wide as Wanderers’ players held their heads in their hands.

Appiah was then involved at the other end, sending a header into the turf before Allsop claimed comfortably, before Gareth Ainsworth made his first change, bringing Josh Parker into the attack at the expense of Kashket.

Another Wanderers counter-attack should have led to the breakthrough when Freeman fed Wheeler down the right, and after doing the hard part of shrugging off the challenge of Nightingale, he drilled low and wide of the far post as the angle tightened.

The ball was in the net moments later, but an offside flag denied Akinfenwa a goal on his former ground, as he tapped home after Trott parried Freeman’s fierce low shot into his path.

Chances kept coming, and Freeman should have done better when he jinked inside onto his left foot but lifted his chance high over the bar.

Wimbledon needed a change, and it came when Appiah was withdrawn for Adam Roscrow, who was handed his league debut.

He’d been on the pitch a matter of seconds when Wycombe won a free-kick right on the edge of the box when Bloomfield was clattered with a high boot, requiring a prolonged spell of treatment and an eventual substitution, with Alex Pattison taking his place. Joe Jacobson curled the resulting set-piece high over the bar, though.

Back came Wycombe, missing the target through Freeman after excellent play from Akinfenwa and Wheeler, before Nesta Guinness-Walker was booked for an act of dissent after not being awarded a free-kick.

Wimbledon had barely had a sniff in the second half, but were afforded a chance when Roscrow found space in the box in the closing stages, drilling hard and low but not with enough venom to beat Allsop.

They brought on Mitch Pinnock for Anthony Hartigan ahead of five minutes’ stoppage time, in which there were no further chances as Wanderers settled for a point from a game from which they could and probably should have had all three.

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Ticket News

Tickets and travel: AFC Wimbledon (A, 31/08)

Follow the Chairboys to the Cherry Red Records Stadium.

13 August 2019

Tickets are now on sale for the Chairboys' League 1 fixture at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday 31st August (k.o. 3pm).

Wanderers received a total allocation of 700 tickets in the RyGas Terrace (standing) and 94 tickets in the John Green Stand (seating); please note the seats have now sold out.

Prices are as follows.

Standing
Adults: £17
Concessions*: £11
Under 18s: £4

*Concessions are over 65s and students with valid ID

To book standard tickets, go online to the TicketCo website and follow these steps:

1) Select the AFC Wimbledon vs Wycombe fixture
2) Choose collection* or postage, and hit 'Place Your Order'
3) Select the ticket types and quantities you wish to purchase, and hit 'Please continue'
4) Continue through the next steps to confirm your order, input your personal details, and make the payment
5) Once your payment is complete, you'll receive a receipt with a QR code, but this is NOT your ticket. For all away fixtures, you'll need a traditional paper ticket, which you can receive by post, or collect it (see point 3 above)

*Away tickets made available for collection can be picked up from Adams Park until 1pm on the day before the game, or from the home club's stadium from 1.30pm on the day of the game

To book coach travel, visit http://www.owwsa.co.uk.

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 and 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. After around 11 miles, at the exit for New Malden/Worcester Park, turn off and take the left turn 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 a little under one hour)

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. The main entrance to Kingsmeadow is 400 yards down on the right, with the away entrance a little further on past this on the right-hand side and is well sign posted. 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 we have received an allocation of 700 tickets. The terrace 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, we have received 74 tickets for seats 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”.

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