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The Big Match Preview - AFC Wimbledon

20 November 2015

All you need to know about the trip to the Cherry Red Records Stadium on Saturday (k.o. 3pm).

AFC Wimbledon vs Wycombe Wanderers
Saturday 21st November 2015, k.o. 3pm
Cherry Red Records Stadium
Referee: Phil Gibbs

Two supporter-owned clubs go head-to-head managed by old friends from the famous 'Crazy Gang' days - but the sentiment gets pushed aside for 90 minutes as both teams look to build momentum after a positive run of results.

The Wombles have collected 10 points from their last four league games, losing just once in their previous five matches on home turf, although they did suffer a setback in the FA Cup when they were knocked out in the first round by Conference side Forest Green.

Wycombe meanwhile are looking for a third consecutive away win after their triumphs at Mansfield and Halifax in league and cup respectively which have set them back on track after a wobbly run of results in October.

Neal Ardley was appointed Wimbledon boss just 16 days after Gareth Ainsworth took the helm at Adams Park, and the former team-mates have both made great progress throughout their respective stints, with Ardley steering his side away from relegation candidates into a squad ready for a promotion push.

The hosts will be without suspended midfielder Jake Reeves but striker Tom Elliott is likely to return after injury, while Ainsworth will hope to have a fully-fit squad to choose from after Anthony Stewart made his first appearance in three months in last week's match with Leeds United.

Wanderers have never won in the league at AFC Wimbledon and their three meetings last season were evenly matched, with one win apiece (Wycombe in the league, Wimbledon in the cup) and a 0-0 draw in April.

Tickets
Wanderers sold 556 tickets in advance but fans will be available to buy on arrival for the Your Golf Travel Terrace.

Standing:
Adults - £16
Over 65s and students - £10
Under 18s - £4
 
Travel
By Adrian Wood

*Why not grab a seat in a fellow fan's car, or offer a lift of your own, using the Liftshare service approved by the Football League?*

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

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, and walk down to Kingston Road, turn left, and the stadium is 400 yards on the right. New Malden station is also within walking distance.

Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 4,850 (2,265 seats). Away fans are housed in the Your Golf Travel Terrace at one side of the pitch. This small shallow terrace is partly covered to the rear, with open standing areas on each side. Note that the away terrace is not accessible by going through the main entrance into the stadium car park. Away fans should instead continue going along Kingston Road (keeping the main entrance on the right) and take the next right into Jack Goodchild Way. In addition seats are normally available in the new John Green Stand, adjacent to the East terrace.

Facilities around the ground
There are two bars inside the main stand and away supporters are usually admitted. There is not much around the stadium. An 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.

Can't make it?
Phil Catchpole is behind the mic to provide live commentary on Chairboys Player and the FLi Player app from 2.55pm. Alternatively you can follow regular updates on our Twitter account - @wwfcofficial.

Last time out
Injury-hit Wycombe survived an onslaught to collect a point on their last meeting in April:


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