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Woody to miss our final game of the season

Manager Mark impressed with young Dons midfield duo

29 April 2022

Skipper Alex Woodyard has been ruled out of our final game of the season, at home to Accrington Stanley in League One tomorrow afternoon (kick-off, 12.30 pm).

“Woody is going to miss the game,” said Manager Mark Bowen after Thursday’s training session at the Cherry Red Records Stadium. “He had a plastic boot on to protect his calf and he’s only been out of that for 48 hours, so he’s nowhere near fit.

“In fairness, I think maybe another week to ten days and if we were in the middle of the season, then there’d be a chance of us being able to call on him again, but certainly not Saturday’s game.

“We’ve had a number of games in a short space of time. Coming out of Saturday’s game at Fleetwood, we’ve had little aches and pains and bruises to two or three players that we’ve had to manage through the week physically, but I’m hopeful of having pretty much everybody else fit for selection.”

Dylan Adjei-Hersey made his Dons debut in last weekend’s draw at the Highbury Stadium, as a late substitute. Mark has been impressed with the winger and also 17-year-old midfielder Alfie Bendle.

“Dylan has looked bright in everything he has done,” said Mark. “He showed me and the coaching staff that he was ready to come back into the fold. Yes, he’s still a young player and he’ll readily admit he’s got lots to learn, but I’ve been very impressed with his attitude and his character around the place.

“The one who has really impressed me is Alfie. I heard a lot about him when I first walked in through the door, but he looks a precocious young talent. That’s not saying that the other players haven’t caught my eye at times. There a good batch of young players coming through who would like to think that they have got a chance and certainly be in the frame for next year as well. Sometimes though it’s not enough to just have the raw ability, you’ve got to have the mentality as well.”

Although looking remote, there is still a mathematical chance we could retain our League One status next season, with a goal swing in our favour and defeats elsewhere on the final day.

“Sometimes, I say with a wry smile on my face, miracles do happen in football,” said Mark. “We’re very much aware of what the circumstances are going into the weekend. The key message that the players will get from me, and the staff is first and foremost – we need to get a win.

“It’s been far too long – we all know that – the fans know that. You take a bit of self-pride going into Saturday’s game and think that you don’t want the season to finish with that label hanging over us. The key thing is that we put on a performance and if we get a little bit of fortune, then our fans at least go away having seen our team win. Then the expectation, the hope and belief in them all is that we can have a good season next year.”

Listen to the full interview with Mark Bowen and watch highlights from the training session at our stadium below, via the video link to our official YouTube channel.

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Dons down after eventful second-half

A 4-3 defeat for Wimbledon on the final day of 2021/22

30 April 2022

AFC Wimbledon saw their relegation to League Two confirmed on Saturday afternoon after an action-packed game against Accrington Stanley.

A mammoth task greeted the Dons prior to kick off, with only a miraculous eight-goal swing being enough for us to preserve our League One status against the odds.

However, any early optimism over what could occur was quickly extinguished as Accrington clinically raced into a three-goal lead thanks to goals from Jay Rich-Baghuelou, Colby Bishop and Michael Nottingham.

Ultimately it was this sequence of events that consigned us to our almost inevitable fate, and it left Mark Bowen wanting a big response from his players after the break.

Wimbledon’s charges did show some much-needed fight in the second period, with Jack Rudoni claiming a well taken double after Ayoub Assal had got the first back.

In the end it mattered little as John O’Sullivan hit a fourth for the visitors in and amongst the events that took place.

We now head towards a summer that will be crucial to determining which direction we head in next – with key decisions being needed at a time when we must look to rise again.

Bowen rang the changes for our final game of the season with the young duo of Alfie Bendle and Dylan Adjei-Hersey being handed their first ever starts for the Dons, whilst the likes of Dapo Mebude and Paul Osew also featured in the starting eleven.

This meant that Anthony Hartigan, George Marsh, Sam Cosgrove and Paul Kalambayi all dropped out of the team.

The changes made for a very attacking Dons line-up, with the men in yellow and blue knowing that they had to give everything in order for any sort of miracle to occur.

A first chance came about within 16 minutes, with Luke McCormick breaking onto a loose ball before sliding in Adjei-Hersey whose shot was easy for Liam Isherwood to deal with in the Accrington goal.

However, it was Stanley who took the lead. Rich-Baghuelou was given the room to line up a shot from distance and crashed in a rocket of a strike that left Nik Tzanev with no chance.

The Dons then came so close to an equaliser following some great link up play involving Mebude, Rudoni and Assal, with the latter seeing his shot force Isherwood into a fine save down to his right.

But yet again it was the visitors who were to hit the net next. This time a low ball from the left was deflected into the path of Bishop who had time to turn and fire past Tzanev.

And it got worse for Wimbledon prior to the break, with Nottingham heading home Accrington’s third from a corner.

Bowen understandably rang the changes at half time with both Cosgrove and Dan Csoka being introduced as we sought to at least show some pride and professionalism.

The changes did little to change the overall flow of the game, with Accrington going close on more than one occasion as they looked to extend their lead to four.

Nevertheless, it was the Dons who were next to find the net in this game, with Mebude doing brilliantly to scamper into the box before putting the ball on a plate for Assal to tap home.

And within an instant Wimbledon had a second. A free kick was launched into the area for Rudoni to power home a header unmarked.

The pendulum then swung again as the visitors claimed their fourth goal of the afternoon with John O’Sullivan heading home.

It was then 4-3 just three minutes later, with Rudoni firing home from distance as the second half scoring continued.

Bendle was withdrawn in the 83rd minute to mass applause, with the teenager having put in a mature performance in the centre of the park that certainly bodes well for the future.

‘Womble Till I Die’ was the chant from behind the South London Movers Stand as the minutes ticked down at the end of the game. This result combined with others elsewhere confirmed Wimbledon’s fate and we will be playing League Two football next season for the first time in six years.

The task now is to rebuild our proud reputation moving forwards as we seek to bounce back from this setback as quickly as possible.

AFC Wimbledon: Nik Tzanev, Will Nightingale (Dan Csoka), Ayoub Assal, Jack Rudoni, Dapo Mebude, Luke McCormick, Ben Heneghan, Alfie Bendle (Ethan Chislett), Dylan Adjei-Hersey (Sam Cosgrove), Paul Osew, Lee Brown.

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Extra tickets for our season finale

Buy online or in person on the day

29 April 2022

We’ve released extra tickets on Saturday for home supporters in the Cherry Red Records Stand (North Stand).

Tickets are still available to watch the Dons round off the season with Accrington Stanley as the visitors (12.30 pm kick-off).

Buy from our online ticket shop.

We will be selling tickets on the day from the ticket booth at the top of the Ry (East) Stand. You will need to enter via gate six if you purchase tickets for the Cherry Red Records Stand.

An electric atmosphere at our stadium can lift the team to a long awaited victory. Turnstiles for home supporters will be open from 10.45 am. 

There’s still an outside chance of us staying in League One, so please get behind the Dons for one final time this season.

ST Returns

Season ticket returns will really help us as we can make your seat available for resale and get more support for the Dons!

Please kindly let us know by e-mailing ticketreturns@afcwimbledon.ltd.uk with your name and the block, row, and seat number of the seats (s) you are releasing.

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