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Ten To Play Away

Previewing our trips

3 January 2023

Club News

Ten To Play Away

Previewing our trips

3 January 2023

As we reach the halfway stage of our Sky Bet League Two campaign, we take a look at the remaining away days on our calendar.

Our next journey up the country takes us to the Mornflake Stadium on Saturday, where we will be looking to get the better of Crewe Alexandra. It was one win apiece between the two sides last season, whilst we played out a 1-1 draw at Plough Lane in the current one back in October.

Tickets are on sale now for this game via Crewe’s website, so make sure you get along to support the Dons as we bid to get back to winning ways!  We are aware that there is another round of train strikes planned for this weekend, but we will be running a supporters' coach for this game and more details will follow.

Saturday 21 January sees us head across the border where we take on Newport County at Rodney Parade for the first time since November 2016. Of course we only recently locked horns with the Exiles on Boxing Day, with Ethan Chislett’s brilliant free-kick being cancelled out by a penalty.

Many fans will remember a pulsating display from Wimbledon on the opening day of the 2008/09 Conference South campaign as a Jon Main hattrick helped us to a 4-1 win in South Wales. Whilst the same venue also saw Kevin Kevin Sainte-Luce score a spectacular 88th minute winner in 2014.

February begins with a trip to Brisbane Road as we meet Leyton Orient for another London derby. Everyone of a Wimbledon persuasion will be hoping that we can repeat the feat that we achieved in November as goals from Ayoub Assal and Harry Pell saw us come out on top at Plough Lane.

The last league meeting at the East London venue was in November 2015, with Adebayo Akinfenwa’s diving header rescuing a point in a 1-1 draw.

Northampton Town are next up at the midway point of the same month, with the game due to take place at the Sixfields Stadium on Tuesday 14 February. It’s certainly a venue we know well, having made nine visits in the past 10 years.

We came out on top against the Cobblers away last season thanks to Anthony Hartigan’s last-gasp goal in a Carabao Cup second round tie in August 2021.

Another team that we know all to well wrap up the month as we visit the Priestfield Stadium to play Gillingham. We came out on top against the Kent-based outfit on the opening day of the current season, with Chislett and Jack Currie hitting the headlines for their goals in a 2-0 win.

The Dons have only lost once in eight visits to the stadium since our return to the Football League in 2011 – a good record that we’ll no doubt be looking to extend later this year.

The first of two away games in March is against Doncaster Rovers at the Eco-Power Stadium, a ground we have been too five times so far. Nathan Young-Coombes hit a brace when we played out a 2-2 draw on home turf with the South Yorkshire outfit in August.

We tasted victory on our previous visit to Rovers, with Assal and Luke McCormick helping us to a 2-1 comeback on the first day of last season.

Our visit to the SO Legal Stadium to face Barrow on Saturday 25 March is sure to produce another interesting encounter as we seek to take revenge for our 1-0 defeat to the Bluebirds in August.

The vast majority of our meetings took place during both clubs’ periods in the non-league circuit, with the only other fixture taking place in the FA Cup in 2020 as we prevailed 4-2 on penalties over the League Two outfit following a 0-0 draw behind closed doors. 

In April we visit a venue that we are yet to experience, with Harrogate Town welcoming us to the EnviroVent Stadium. Our only previous meeting with the Sulphurites came in October, with Josh Davison’s dramatic winning strike putting the cherry on top of the cake in a 3-2 victory for the Dons.

The ground has a capacity of 5,000 and was expanded as recently as 2020 following the club’s promotion to the Football League. It’s certainly a stadium a lot of our supporters will not have visited as of yet, so we hope to see a decent following later this year!

Stevenage await in the middle of April, as we head to the Lamex Stadium for the first time since we clinched a League Two play-off spot following a 0-0 draw at the ground in 2016.

With Borough currently in the hunt for an automatic promotion and us aiming to break into the top seven, this game promises to be an intriguing encounter between two sides who are aiming high this season.

Last but by no means least, we wrap up our campaign against Grimsby Town at Blundell Park in May. Usually the final away game is known for supporters turning up in fancy dress, so that’s something to keep an eye out for off the pitch!

On it we will be aiming to repeat the trick against the Mariners, with our side coming out on top in a 1-0 win at home last month. Whilst our last previous visit to Cleethorpes came in the Conference (now known as the National League), meaning that this is another venue that we haven’t visited for quite some time.

So that’s what’s left to come on the road before we see out the season. Thank you to everyone who travels the length and breadth of the country supporting Johnnie’s men, it’s massively appreciated and you really are our 12th man. 

See you at Crewe, COME ON YOU DONS!

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