Match Report

 

Sat 04 Oct 14

Wimbledon came away from Whaddon Road with a point from an evenly matched, hard earned draw in which they came close to taking all three points.

Neal Ardley made one change to the starting line-up at Newport County, with fit again Jack Smith coming in at left-back and Ben Harrison taking a place on the bench, where there was also a place for Andy Frampton.

After a promising start from Wimbledon, the home side found an opening on the left side and former Dons record signing Byron Harrison challenged James Shea, who was unable to get to grips with it and left captain Matt Taylor to bundle it over the line with just seven minutes gone.

Further efforts from John Marquis and Craig Braham-Barrett tested Shea midway through the first half as Cheltenham asserted their dominance, until a point blank header from Matt Tubbs on twenty seven minutes was blocked by Trevor Carson.

Four and a half minutes before the break, George Francomb’s persistence from a corner earned an opportunity in the box for Wimbledon and central defender Adam Barrett levelled with a shot finding its way past Carson.

The opening stages of the second half were a much more evenly contested affair, in front of a crowd of 2795, including a healthy travelling support of 422. With fifteen minutes to go Bayo Akinfenwa clattered the Cheltenham crossbar, which came at a time when Wimbledon were enjoying greater possession.

AKinfenwa worked his way through the Cheltenham back line and slotted a chance agonizingly wide of Carson’s upright with nine minutes remaining, but despite a frantic finish from both sides a point a piece was a fair outcome.

AFC Wimbledon: James Shea, Barry Fuller, Jack Smith, Dannie Bulman, Alan Bennett, George Francomb (Tom Beere), Sammy Moore, Matt Tubbs (Adebayo Azeez), Bayo Akinfenwa, Sean Rigg, Adam Barrett.

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