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Checkatrade Trophy: Dons seek points to go through

First of two knockout games for Wimbledon this week is on Tuesday night

5 November 2018

AFC Wimbledon will be aiming for a victory on Tuesday night that will guarantee progress into the last-32 of the Checkatrade Trophy.

Wimbledon on Tuesday night face League Two high-flyers Stevenage, who are currently second in Group G of the competition.

The match is likely to offer a chance for squad players making their way back from injuries to get game-time with Anthony Wordsworth and Tyler Garrett among those that could be included. Andy Barcham is doubtful with the calf injury that kept him out of Saturday's game against Shrewsbury.

Speaking about the approach to tomorrow night's game, Neal Ardley said: "We've got Tuesday and Friday matches coming up, so it makes it harder with the recovery periods. We are just going to have to use everyone we've got to try and get through the two games. We can't pick and choose too much, we have to go with what we've got. We need to win games of football and that's proving to be tough at the moment."

The picture above shows Toby Sibbick and Joe McDonnell celebrating after the Dons earned an extra Checktrade Trophy point by winning a penalty shoot-out at Charlton in September.

Dons favourite Jason Goodliffe will return to the Cherry Red Records Stadium tomorrow, as part of Stevenage manager Dino Maamria's coaching team.

Tickets for the game on Tuesday are priced at £10 for all adults and concessions, and £5 for Under-18s. The Paul Strank Stand will be open for this match. Please note that tickets can be purchased on the day, cash only, from the ticket booth in the main stand foyer.

The Your Golf Travel Bar and Club Shop will be open from 5.00 pm prior to the game tomorrow. Both home and away fans will be welcome in the bar.

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Dons march into the last-32 of Checkatrade Trophy

Wimbledon strike four on a night of positives for Neal Ardley's men

6 November 2018

AFC Wimbledon booked a place in the knockout stages of the Checkatrade Trophy with an emphatic victory against Stevenage tonight.

Kwesi Appiah opened the scoring after just 20 seconds and further goals from Anthony Wordsworth, Tyler Garratt, and Alfie Egan secured a morale-boosting 4-0 victory on a night of positives for Neal Ardley's men.

With an important Emirates FA Cup tie at Haringey Borough coming up on Friday night, Neal Ardley made several changes to the starting line-up. Tyler Burey came in for his competitive first-team debut, the right winger rewarded for a string of impressive displays for our development squad, including a winner in the Surrey Senior Cup last week. Paul Kalambayi also came in for a rare first-team start and Tyler Garratt and Anthony Wordsworth returned after injury. Tom King was recalled between the sticks, offering him a chance to face the club he served on loan last season.

Needing a win to guarantee progress in this competition, Wimbledon made a whirlwind start by marching into the lead after just 20 seconds. Kwesi Appiah was quick off the mark in getting on the end of a through ball from Anthony Wordsworth and his smart lob from a difficult angle beat Stevenage keeper Paul Farman to make it 1-0. A spirited response followed from Stevenage and they could have restored parity in the 10th minute when John Hunt found Steve Seddon in space, but he drilled wide. Though Stevenage started to put a bit of pressure on, the Wimbledon defence held firm with Terell Thomas building on his encouraging display from Saturday.

Wimbledon put together a promising move midway through the first-half that ended with Liam Trotter crossing for Appiah to head over the bar. The referee had already blown for a foul on Trotter though and nothing came from the subsequent free-kick. However, there was no reprieve for Stevenage in the 28th minute. Appiah, who looked very sharp on the night, won a free-kick 20 yards out and that offered Wordsworth an opportunity. Though the midfielder struck his initial effort against the wall, his follow-up effort was emphatic as he cracked the rebound into the bottom corner. It was an example of the finishing prowess from midfield that Wordsworth had produced at other clubs before joining Wimbledon and more of the same would be very much welcome in the coming weeks.

Stevenage did threaten to half the deficit before half-time, first when Garratt was required to make a good defensive cut-out to stop a cross reaching Danny Newton at the back post. Then James Ball cracked a free-kick against the wall and Tom King eventually gathered. However, the Dons were full value for the 2-0 half-time lead.

Neal Ardley decided to retain the same 11 for the second-half and Wimbledon made a good start with Wordsworth having a goal-bound shot blocked. A superb move followed from the Dons when Trotter and Egan combined to set Tennai Watson free on the right and his cross almost picked out Appiah in the box. The Dons came even closer when Jake Jervis found space on the left and cut inside, before striking a shot that Farman did well to beat out for a corner. At the other end, John Hunt curled in a free-kick that was met by the head of Newton, but it was comfortable for King to gather.

Wimbledon continued to produce good attacking play as the second-half progressed with Wordsworth at the heart of it. The midfielder's set-piece deliveries offered a useful attacking weapon and he could be pleased with a good return to action after departing midway through the action for Anthony Hartigan. Youngsters Tyler Burey and Alfie Egan also produced moments of promise in the second-half and the latter put over a lovely cross that was just begging to be converted, but no one was able to get on the end of it. A third goal arrived in fortuitous circumstances in the 68th minute. A corner was chipped to Tyler Garratt just inside the box and though his shot was blocked, it rebounded off the Wimbledon left-back's head and into the top corner.

The goal of the night arrived in the 78th minute through Egan. A good move created space for the midfielder, who marched towards the edge of the area, before curling home a superb effort into the far corner. It completed a fine night for AFC Wimbledon and certainly a confidence booster ahead of Friday night's FA Cup tie at Harringey Borough.

AFC Wimbledon: Tom King, Tennai Watson, Terell Thomas (Deji Oshilaja), Kwesi Appiah (Joe Pigott), Jake Jervis, Tyler Garratt, Liam Trotter, Alfie Egan, Paul Kalambayi, Tyler Burey, Anthony Wordsworth (Anthony Hartigan).

Pic credit: Matt Redman, Pro Sports Images.

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Tickets | Pay on the day for Stevenage this Tuesday

The Dons take on Stevenage in the Checkatrade Trophy

4 November 2018

We welcome Stevenage to the Cherry Red Records Stadium on Tuesday 6 November in our final group game of the Checkatrade Trophy.

The match kicks-off at 7.45 pm and only the Paul Strank Stand will be open.

Tickets will be priced at £10 for all Adults and Concessions, and £5 for Under-18s.

Please note that tickets can be purchased on the day, cash only, from the ticket booth in the main stand foyer.

The Your Golf Travel Bar and Club Shop will be open from 5.00 pm prior to the game tomorrow. Both home and away fans will be welcome in the bar.

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