The Dons approach this game six points clear of second place Hampton, hoping to extend that lead with a win against a struggling Dorchester side. This is Wimbledon’s first home game for over two weeks and a bumper crowd is expected to see the Dons hopefully overcome three disappointing away draws and return to winning ways. You see the overview section is a state the bleeding obvious section for Wimbledon fans but maybe useful to any randoms passing who have enough interest in the mighty AFCW to read the article.
Terry Brown had some consolation in missing out on an unnamed Conference Premier on Thursday night by announcing the signing of Rob Saunders on loan from Farnborough. Browns faith in Saunders, who has been out of the Farnborough side for the last few weeks, is built on strong foundations as the Dons boss attempted to sign the skillful midfielder last season only for the player to reject a move. Jay Conroy is a nailed on starter at right back, with long term ligament victim Luke Garrard not available until next season and recent replacement Andy Sambrook the victim of a shocking challenge by the Dons scorer against Thurrock, A. Divot. The Dons will be looking to improve a home record that has seen them drop just 7 points at Kingsmeadow all season.
With only one win in seven (which doesn’t really count as it came against Fisher), and no away win since a 2-1 victory at relegation rivals Havaent and Waterlooville, the Magpies aren’t bringing much form with them to Kingsmeadow. 36 year old veteran Ashley Vickers has joined from Newport, where he will surely turn the Magpies defence into the same sort of solid outfit we saw in our two outings against Newport. With financial difficulties kicking in the Magpies might see the visit of Havant on Tuesday as the bigger game, however as with any team struggling against relegation they will surely put up some kind of fight?
As previously mentioned the club are appealing for fans to arrive early as a large crowd is expected. My best guess will be 3400 with approximately 40 Magpies in attendance.
The league sponsors are naturally not offering much value to Dons fans at the moment, with Dorchester priced 8/1 to take all three points back to Dorset. Lowest price in the correct score market is a comfortable 2-0 Womble win, with the firm offering 125/1 on the home side winning 8-0 or 8-1.
The Anonymous Opinion
For some reason my spellcheck gave me the option of ‘mincemeat’ when I typed Kingsmeadow earlier in the article. An omen, I hope. With no striker signed in time for the game its down to Main and Kedwell to battle through. Perhaps with new signing Saunders keeping the midfield honest they might create a few more opportunities for the top two. I’m going to go for a return to form for the Dons with a comfortable 4-0 victory, with Kedwell breaking his barren spell.
Come on you Dons.