the DONS ARE Back!

It has been 29 veerrryyy long years, since the Then Wimbledon Football club, left Plough Lane, in what was a Temporary move to Selhurst Park

But on Tuesday evening, the re incarnation AFC Wimbledon took to the field for a League One Match against Doncaster Rovers.

It was against a back drop of an emotion charged evening for those who made it responsible, that AFC Wimbledon took to the field.

Lining up in their favoured 3 5 2 formation, AFC Wimbledon, looked nervous as Doncaster took a grip on the game and started to impose themselves, looking at first every inch the promotion favourites that they are.

However, once nerves had settled, the Dons then started to impose themselves, albeit not in the style of their previous team, but non the less they got a grip on the game and deservedly went ahead through

Joe Piggott

But as is the way with this current Wimbledon Team, they seem to revert to charity cases, because within five minutes of taking the lead and as has happened so often this season, they let Doncaster back into the game with an equaliser that really should have been dealt with better.

The position that the equaliser came from, has become an achilles heel for Wimbledon this season and is clearly something that needs to be resolved, by the manager Glyn Hodges, himself an original member of the previous Crazy Gang, back in the 80s

Half time arrived and the Dons were lucky to be in the game still at 1-1

Second Half

The second half started for Wimbledon, very much as the first had ended, with Doncaster taking the game to the hosts, something which would never have happened back in the day at the old Plough Lane, or if it did, then it would have been after a hard won battle in the midfield.

Doncaster were gaining more and more of a stranglehold on the game, as Wimbledon sat off them and made little or no attempt to chase the ball or close down.

At this time it was a case of when Doncaster scored not if

However, as the iFollow commentator noted, Wimbledon were like a boxer on the ropes and needed a stop in play to regroup.

Luckily for them, this happened when Glyn Hodges made a double Substitution, taking off Ryan Longman and Paul Kalambyi, replacing them with Jack Rudoni and Ollie Palmer.

This reshuffled the pack for the Dons and helped them get a foothold back in the match, with what seemed a more balance team

Eventually, they started hitting the Doncater goal making the goalkeeper work and after 83 minutes, following good work on the left hand side, a cross came over and found Joe Pigott, who, with some aplomb, smashed a brilliant shot into the back of the net

AFC Wimbledon 2 Doncaster Rovers 1

Would the Dons be able to hold on to this lead.

Doncaster again started to take a grip and as the match moved into the closing stages of time added on, it looked as though the points and a momentous emotion charged evening would end on a high, but with the last and very desperate kick of the match, James Coppinger swung at the ball in the Dons penalty area

The shot went towards the ground, but as it did so, deflected off a dons Boot and looped agonisingly over the Goalkeeper Connal Trueman into the back of the net.

AFC WIMBLEDON 2 DONCASTER 2

Not long after the final whistle rang and a point was shared.

On reflection the first game back at our home stadium, was always going to be emotional, add into the bargain the circumstances caused by Covid 19, so no fans in the ground and with a bit more fight from the Dons, the result could have been so different.

Either way

The Dons are Back

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