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AFC Wimbledon 1-1 Cheltenham Town

Jack Smith
Smith's goal was the defender's fourth in 25 appearances this season

Already-relegated Cheltenham Town ended their 16-year Football League stay with a draw at mid-table AFC Wimbledon.

Durrell Berry put the Robins ahead against the run of play when his low shot went in off the post.

But the Dons levelled just before the break, Jack Smith heading in from close range after good work by Alfie Potter and Adebayo Akinfenwa.

Wimbledon had the better second-half chances, but Cheltenham goalkeeper Trevor Carson made some fine saves.

His best stop came when he tipped substitute George Oakley's close-range shot on to a post - a save that ensured Cheltenham did not finish bottom of the table on goal difference.

AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley told BBC London 94.9:

"We could have won by four but we drew 1-1, so that sums up our season.

"There's a lot right with what we're doing; we attack teams, the way we create chances is brilliant- how many chances that get created against us is low. But we've just lacked the ability to score goals and that's ended up costing us.

"We're a very, very good team, but we've been short of a few things. There's been a lot of things in my recruitment that I've got wrong during the second half of the season that probably cost us. It wasn't through any fault of my own but the availability of the players and that has cost us."

Cheltenham Town boss Gary Johnson told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"I needed to have a look at the lads, see which ones I think are first-team material, which ones have got enough of a game to make sure that we're in the top few of the Conference next year.

"Harry (Williams) was unlucky, I thought he could have got a penalty. I don't think referees have been giving us the penalties we've deserved and that was another one.

"(The squad)'s going to need a pretty big change around and that's what I'll do."

Line-ups

Wimbledon

  • 20Shea
  • 2Fuller
  • 40Oshilaja
  • 21Beere
  • 3SmithSubstituted forMooreat 78'minutes
  • 35Potter
  • 32Sweeney
  • 19Reeves
  • 11Rigg
  • 27TannerSubstituted forFitzpatrickat 72'minutes
  • 10AkinfenwaSubstituted forOakleyat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Worner
  • 4Bulman
  • 8Moore
  • 14Azeez
  • 23Oakley
  • 30Fitzpatrick
  • 33Goodman

Cheltenham

  • 1Carson
  • 25BerryBooked at 19mins
  • 15Deaman
  • 5BrownBooked at 51mins
  • 3Braham-BarrettBooked at 90mins
  • 10BurnsSubstituted forBowenat 56'minutes
  • 8Richards
  • 16Hanks
  • 17Kotwica
  • 21WilliamsSubstituted forSterling-Jamesat 73'minutes
  • 22DaleSubstituted forLawrenceat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Gould
  • 19Sterling-James
  • 23Bowen
  • 24Sparrow
  • 27Lawrence
  • 29Harrad
  • 39Manset
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
4,374

Match Stats

Home TeamWimbledonAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home15
Away2
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, AFC Wimbledon 1, Cheltenham Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, AFC Wimbledon 1, Cheltenham Town 1.

  3. Booking

    Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    David Fitzpatrick (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Craig Braham-Barrett (Cheltenham Town).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Sweeney (AFC Wimbledon).

  7. Post update

    Omari Sterling-James (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Trevor Carson.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alfie Potter (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. George Oakley replaces Adebayo Akinfenwa.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (AFC Wimbledon).

  12. Post update

    (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Corner, AFC Wimbledon. Conceded by Jack Deaman.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sean Rigg (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Sammy Moore replaces Jack Smith.

  16. Post update

    Ryan Sweeney (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jamal Lawrence (Cheltenham Town).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Jamal Lawrence replaces Bobbie Dale.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Omari Sterling-James replaces Harry Williams.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Beere (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton462810869393094
2Shrewsbury462781167313689
3Bury462671360402085
4Wycombe462315867452284
5Southend4624121054381684
6Stevenage462012146254872
7Plymouth4620111555371871
8Luton4619111654441068
9Newport461811175154-365
10Exeter461713166165-464
11Morecambe461712175352163
12Northampton46187216762561
13Oxford Utd461516155049161
14Dag & Red46178215859-159
15Wimbledon461416165460-658
16Portsmouth461415175254-257
17Accrington461511205877-1956
18York461119164651-552
19Cambridge461312216166-551
20Carlisle46148245674-1850
21Mansfield46139243862-2448
22Hartlepool46129253970-3145
23Cheltenham46914234067-2741
24Tranmere46912254567-2239
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