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DONS Youth Show The Way

AFC Wimbledon’s Youth side last night showed the Senior Team just how to win a football match by beating Burnley 1-0 in the FA Youth Cup at Plough Lane.

The team has been together for a few years now and they successfully took the game to their Premier League counterparts. The result was all the more enjoyable because Burnley are a Category One Premier League Youth set up unlike AFC Wimbledon.

In another twist of irony, the game at Plough Lane last night was AFC Wimbledons Youth sides first appearance at the Stadium

In addition, it also came some 46 years after the original Wimbledon Travelled to Lancashire in the FA Cup and defeated Burnley 1-0. The goal on that memorable occassion was scored by Mick Mahon.

Fast forward to the present day, however, and it was Wimbledon who took the game to their Premier League opponents.

In yet another ironic twist, The Dons formation for last night’s game was a 3-5-2 formation. Yes!!!… the very same much maligned formation the first team were playing before Glyn Hodges left by mutual consent.

On this occassion the 3-5-2 formation was made up like this: Three central defenders, two holding midfielders-to give cover to the back line while also allowing the left and right sided central defenders to provide overlaps for the midfield, four midfielders, which comprised two wing backs and two central midfielders, one of which was an attacking midfielder and finally one lone striker.

From the outset The Dons took the game to Burnley and were unlucky not to be leading at the break.

It should also be pointed out, that AFC Wimbledon’s youngsters are no strangers to getting good results. In the past they have also won significant victories against Newcastle and Chelsea.

They have also won a trophy this season by beating Rotherham on their own patch, courtesy of a goal from Matthew Cox… Their Goalkeeper, who used to to play, of all things… Rugby!!

Last night, however, he was just one of the stars as Wimbledon scored their 81st minute winner through Paris Lock.

What is clearly very evident, is that the Youth team are showing the Senior Team the way forward and are in a lot of ways better to watch than the seniors, though that is a matter for another day.

For now though, the Dons Youth March on!

EFL League One: AFC WIMBLEDON 1 gILLINGHAM 0

AFC Wimbledon finally secured a win at their new Plough Lane home last night against Gillingham.

Under the managership of their former Youth Coach Mark Robinson and with a change of formation to a more balanced 4-2-3 -1, it was Gillingham who were the latest visitors

The Gills have proved useful on the road, with their direct style, bringing back memories of the previous reincarnation of Wimbledon.

Wimbledon, made a couple of changes from the side well beaten at Peterborough last time out. Ben Heneghan returned in the centre of defence to partner Will Nightingale with Luke O’Neill dropped to the bench and Darnell Johnson, the loanee from Leicester, moving to right back.

Dons head coach Robinson had called for a solid performance from his team, placing emphasis on the players asking to play a certain way. The first half was certainly testament to that with Wimbledon playing on the front foot for much of the half but unable to gain any advantage.

Gillingham were, however, certainly frustrated and the first half ended 0-0.

At the start of the second half Gillingham made two changes to try and gain an advantage. For 15 to 20 Minutes they certainly piled on the pressure, but Wimbledon stood firm and started to get control of the game, with both their fullbacks making good steady progress down both flanks.

However, Gillingham stood firm and it wasn’t until the 89th Minute that Jack Rudoni, a product of the Clubs youth system, made the break through with a wonder strike, which was enough too win the game for Wimbledon.

It was indeed no more than Wimbledon deserved and was evident by the fact that Gillingham began arguing at every decision that went against them even after the final whistle had gone.

So Wimbledon won 1-0 and layed down a marker, for making Plough Lane a fortress. The win also lifted Wimbledon out of the relegation zone.

Will Fortress Plough Lane see off Hull City? The Tigers are next up for Robinson’s men on Saturday.

AFC Wimbledon sack GLYN HODGES

Following on from the disastrous home defeat at the hands of bitter rivals, Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday, AFC Wimbledon decided to part company with Manager Glyn Hodges and his Assistant Nick Daws.

The home defeat to MK Dons was the straw that broke the camels back. It extended Wimbledon’s winless run to five matches

In that time, they have found scoring goals hard to come by and have leaked them pretty easily too.

In his previous media comments, Hodges had said that the boys were giving everything they had, but that the results were down to fine margins in both boxes.

Now that could be said to be true, but in some fans eyes, the manner of performance, has been what has hurt most.

Moving into a new stadium in November, its was supposed to to be the catalyst that move the clubs season forward.

Instead it has proved to be a millstone round the neck, with some poor performances.

It all came to a head, however, on Saturday, with the 2-0 home defeat.

In the interim period, while a new manger is found First Team Coach Mark Robinson has been placed in charge for the away trip to Oxford on Tuesday in the Papa Johns Trophy.

AFC Wimbledon create unwanted history

Less than a month after moving into their brand New Plough Lane Ground, AFC Wimbledon, created unwanted history on December 5.

Playing against Bristol Rovers, themselves under new management, with ironically ex MK Dons Manager Paul Tisdale at the helm and playing a variation of AFC Wimbledon’s favoured 3-5-2, In rovers case, they employ an attacking free roving midfielder, to the Dons holding midfielder

The Dons Took an early lead, through a slightly contentious penalty, which was duly converted by Joe Piggot, himself a man in form and clearly liking playing at the new stadium, because this was in fifth goal since the move back to the clubs borough.

But, this seemed to inspire The Gas, as they are affectionately known, becaue within 11 minutes they were on level terms and then ahead, shortly before the half hour mark, though Wimbledon managed to level the scores up, through Ben Heneghan, only to concede late in stoppage time in the first half

HT AFC WIMBLEDON 2 BRISTOL ROVERS 3

The second half started much the same way as the first half had finished.

Bristol Rovers, put Wimbledon under the cosh for long periods and for some reason, best known only to themselves, AFC Wimbledon, seemeed content to play admiration football, when Rovers were in possession, (admiration football is watching the other player with the ball, without pressing)

This subsequently led to Rovers scoring a fourth goal, in the 63 minute, which ultmately killed AFC Wimbledon off and led to them

Creating Unwanted History

A first league loss back at the new ground, conceding four goals in the process and dropping to 14th as a result.

AFC Wimbledon HIT BY COVID

AFC Wimbledon, literally a few days after celebrating their momentous return to Plough Lane, have been hit by the COVID Bug.

Following the game against Doncaster Rovers, a number of the first team squad, returned positive tests.

As a result of this the weekends FA Cup first round tie at Barrow was postponed, to allow the affected players time to self isolate and recover.

24 Hours after this news was announced, the club then implemented a 14 day Fire Breaker, and everyone at AFC Wimbledon, is now isolating as a precaution

What this means is that the clubs next home game at Wigan, has also been postponed, till the results are known.

It isn’t known how the players contracted the virus, though in the games previously to being back at Plough Lane, the club were playing fixtures in the North, which as is known at this time, is where the majority of the worst cases are.

How Does This Affect The FA CUP for Wimbledon

Because this is a different competition to the EFL and as it was the the first round, it means that the club will treat the game as if were a replay and it will take place on a later date

So Both Barrow and AFC Wimbledon will be in the draw taking place tonight on BBC2, with them both having the Number 30 ball.

AFC Wimbledon’s next scheduled league game, ironically, is back in the north against Rochdale at the Crown Oil Arena. At this time the game is planned to go ahead