AFC Wimbledon (1) 3 Main (15), Moore (66), Kedwell (90)
Crawley Town (1) 1 Louis (27)
The Dons finally progressed to a tie at The New Den after a tense night at Kingsmeadow. Jon Mains goal gave Wimbledon an early advantage before Crawley came back strongly for the remainder of the half, Jefferson Louis grabbing an equalizer after breaking the offside trap. Derek Duncan’s second yellow card saw the home side reduced to ten men on the stroke of half time, and the visitors looked favourites at that point. An exemplary second half game plan from Terry Brown saw the visitors picked off on the break by Luke Moore, before Kedwell settled the game late on following an awful error by Crawley keeper Rayner.
The big news in the rest of tonights replays saw Tooting & Mitcham overcome Eastbourne Borough on the Conference clubs ground (meaning at least one Merton club has won there this season…). Two penalties from ex-Dons flop Matt York in extra time saw our former rivals through to the first round for the first time since 1977, where they travel to Stockport.
Elsewhere the Dons league opponents on Saturday Chester City crashed 0-4 at home to fellow Conference strugglers Barrow, further adding to the Cheshire clubs financial woes. Kettering overcame a trip to Redditch thanks to a goal in the last-minute of extra time, however Kidderminster weren’t so lucky crashing 3-1 at Fleetwood. Salisbury came back from 1-2 down at home to ambitious Southern Premier club Farnborough, eventually winning through 4-2.
Match report to follow…