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Dons edged out by Barrow

A narrow defeat for Wimbledon

27 August 2022

Match Reports

Dons edged out by Barrow

A narrow defeat for Wimbledon

27 August 2022

Johnnie Jackson’s side were dealt a 1-0 defeat at Plough Lane on Saturday afternoon as Barrow AFC came away with a smash-and-grab win.

Josh Gordon scored the decisive goal on a day of frustration for our side as we huffed and puffed but ultimately struggled to break down solid and well organised opposition.

The first-half was one to largely forget as it passed by with little incident, but in the second 45 minutes it was Wimbledon who began to jerk into life, playing the brand of football that we have become accustomed to under our new manager.

Nevertheless, the near misses began to rack up, as Harry Pell, Ayoub Assal and Will Nightingale went mightily close to levelling the scores.

In the end, it proved to be a bridge too far for our side who let their tempers get the better of them towards the end, culminating in a red card for Paris Maghoma, who received two yellow cards in quick succession, the latter for dissent.

Jackson named the same team which ran out 2-0 winners against Crawley Town. Whilst new signing Pell was named on the bench for his first game back in a yellow and blue shirt.

On the day that John Fashanu made his long-awaited return to Plough Lane, a boisterous atmosphere greeted the former number nine and our players as they entered the field of play.

However, the carnival atmosphere inside the Cherry Red Records Stadium quickly took a hit as Barrow took the lead inside 10 minutes. Ben Whitfield was afforded far too much time down the left, with the forward’s delivery being fired in by Gordon at the near post.

Josh Davison was first to go close for the Dons as our side looked to respond quickly with the striker’s low shot from the angle of the box flying just wide of Paul Farman’s far post.

Maghoma’s influence was beginning to grow in the game, with the midfielder whipping in a cross with the outside of his foot that Jack Currie headed over from close range as Wimbledon started to disjoint the Bluebirds.

Balls in behind were starting to create openings for the Dons and it was Nathan Young-Coombes who was next to go close as he clashed with Farman in the area.

There was a change at half-time for our side, with Paul Osew replacing Currie at left wing-back as we sought an equaliser.

The pressure was building on Barrow but the visitors were still proving to be a tough nut to crack. Pell and Assal were sent on as our side took on a more attacking look as the atmosphere was cranked up a notch.

It was Pell who would be next to go close in the second-half onslaught, with the midfielder meeting Young-Coombes’ cross with a diving header that shaved the outside of the post with Farman stranded.

Davison worked some space close to the by-line, but his low delivery was agonisingly slid wide by Assal as the Dons desperately looked to level in added time.

Nightingale then crashed a long-range shot wide of the right-hand upright as Wimbledon did everything but score in the closing stages as Barrow left with a priceless victory.

To compound our side’s frustrations, Maghoma then received his marching orders after receiving two yellow cards.

AFC Wimbledon: Nik Tzanev, Chris Gunter, Lee Brown, Will Nightingale, George Marsh (Harry Pell), Nathan Young-Coombes (Quaine Bartley), Josh Davison, Ethan Chislett (Ayoub Assal), Alex Pearce, Paris Maghoma, Jack Currie (Paul Osew)

PICS: Stephen Flynn and Ian Stephen (Pro Sports Images)


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