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21 December 2022 Venue Home Park Attendance

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Returning striker could face League One leaders

Tough test in Devon awaits on the road to Wembley

20 December 2022

First team coach Rob Tuvey was keeping his cards close to his chest, ahead of our trip to Plymouth.

Nathan Young-Coombes is vying for contention for his first minutes since mid-September after making good progress in recent weeks.

A quarter-final trip to Bristol Rovers in the New Year awaits the winners of tomorrow night’s Papa John’s Trophy third round tie, but although our numbers are boosted by youngsters able to return from loan deals, we will check on a couple of unnamed players. 

“There are a couple of players potentially ruled out,” said Rob, who was reluctant to give too much away before setting off from our New Malden training base earlier today. “We’ll check on them, to see how they are, but there's nothing I am giving away at this stage.

“Academy Manager Michael Hamilton deals with our players who go out on loan and puts a clause in there that they can all come back and play in this competition. They are available for selection, even if they are out on loan.”


One player who may figure is Brentford loanee Nathan Young-Coombes, with the striker now fully recovered from a knee injury sustained against Northampton in September.

“Potentially he could figure,” added Rob. “He will travel. He is better for a week’s training under his belt, and he needs that game time. Hopefully that could come against Plymouth.”

Having stretched an unbeaten run in League Two to eight games and a new record of five successive clean sheets, since our return to the Football League, Rob made clear our intentions regarding the Papa John’s Trophy.

“Ultimately, there’s a place at Wembley up for grabs. Fans have their opinions of the competition, but we’ll be going there with what we believe is a team that can win the game and hopefully they can do the business.”


Plymouth stand in the way of making progress. The contest brings together clubs who contested the League Two Play-Off final six years ago. Though that showpiece occasion went Wimbledon's way, the Pilgrims are now pushing for promotion to the Championship.

“We’re getting to that business end of the competition and you can see Wembley on the horizon, so we’ve got to go there and be at our best.   

“It’ll be a really tough test. They’ve just gone to the top of League One and their manager Steven Schumacher is doing a great job there. They’re really good up front, with players who can excite and bring goals to their game. We know that they are flexible within their formations that they play, and they’ve played different teams throughout this competition.”

You can see the full preview with Rob Tuvey ahead of Wednesday night’s game at Plymouth below, via the link to our official YouTube channel.


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Match Reports

Trophy exit for Dons after Argyle fightback

Defeat on the road

21 December 2022

AFC Wimbledon lost out on penalties to Plymouth Argyle after a topsy-turvy game that finished up 3-3 after normal time.

A first-half double from Kyle Hudlin and a good finish from Ayoub Assal had put the Dons into a commanding half-time lead, however it all unravelled for us in the second 45 minutes.

Sam Cosgrove – a former Wimbledon loanee – led the fightback for his side as he hit a hattrick in 15 minutes, turning the game on its head and leaving our side shell shocked.

In the end the game was decided by spotkicks, with both Assal and David Fisher failing to find the net as our Papa John’s Trophy journey came to an abrupt end.

Johnnie Jackson rung the changes after our prolonged break in fixtures, with the likes of Nathan Broome, Hudlin and Courtney Senior all getting the nod for this game against the League One leaders. Meanwhile Paul Osew made his long-awaited return from injury on the bench.

Broome was quickly called into action early on as he did well to get behind an effort from Caleb Roberts after the Plymouth attacker had been laid off by Cosgrove.

After coming through a few minutes of pressure it was the Dons who would go on to take the lead. Alfie Bendle cleverly worked a free-kick out to Assal on the left-hand side, with the tricky attacker delivering a low, pacy ball into the area for Hudlin to head home from a few yards out.

It was then 2-0 not long later as our number 18 claimed his second of the evening. A hopeful cross was launched in towards the back post with Ryley Towler doing well to hook the ball back in for Hudlin to crash past Callum Burton.

The towering target man then turned provider as he did well to play in Assal who calmly finished from an acute angle for our third before half-time.

Bendle then went close just after the break as he shot over the bar from the edge of the area as we sought a fourth. However it was Argyle who got a goal back through Cosgrove after Broome deflected a free-kick into the path of the striker.

Cosgrove then scored at the second attempt following a brilliant save by the unfortunate Broome. The Plymouth frontman then completed his hattrick as he fired home powerfully after being played through.

Broome was then called into action in stoppage time as he did well to deny Morgan Whittaker from distance. Towler’s late header then drifted wide as the match headed to penalties.

Assal saw his spot kick saved before Fisher missed the target, with the Pilgrims eventually winning the shootout 4-3.

AFC Wimbledon: Nathan Broome, Chris Gunter, Alex Woodyard, Josh Davison (David Fisher), Ayoub Assal, Ryley Towler, Kyle Hudlin, Alfie Bendle (George Marsh), Courtney Senior (Ethan Chislett), Jack Currie, Paul Kalambayi

PICS: Graham Hunt (Pro Sports Images)


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Ticket News

Tickets for Trophy last-16 tie at Plymouth

Buy in advance or on the day

9 December 2022

Wimbledon will next Tuesday be aiming to secure a place in the quarter-finals of the Papa John's Trophy - and tickets can be purchased in advance for the trip to Plymouth.

We are not selling tickets for this match on 13 December (7 pm kick-off), but you can buy from the host club.

Contact the Plymouth ticket office on 01752 907700 (please state that you are an away fan).

Alternatively, you can buy on the day from the Home Park Ticket Office.

Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adults - £13
  • Over 65 - £10
  • Under 23 - £8
  • Under 18 - £4
  • Under 12 - Free (with paying Adult/Over 65/Under 23)
  • Wheelchair Adult - £13
  • Wheelchair Over 65 - £10
  • Wheelchair Under-23 - £8
  • Wheelchair Under-18 - £4

Please note we will not be running a supporters' coach for this match.

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