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Match Preview: AFC Wimbledon

17 August 2012

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Overview –

Team News –


Manager John Sheridan will be buoyed by the fact that he has a fully fit squad to choose from for the trip to the Kingsmeadow, as skipper Sam Hird has been passed fit after he was withdrawn in the 2-1 defeat to Tranmere on Tuesday with a suspected calf problem. Left-back Nathan Smith made it through all 120 minutes, despite only having played half of that during pre-season and striker Jack Lester returned to form with a goal from off the bench.

AFC Wimbledon

Dons' boss Terry Brown may be forced into a defensive reshuffle for the visit of the League Two newcomerrs, after his side slumped to a 3-1 defeat against Stevenage at The Lamex Stadium.

Summer signing Pim Balkestein made his competitive debut and scored an own goal after suffering an ankle injury in Wimbledon's pre-season clash with Portsmouth, while fellow defender Curtis Osano also missed that fixture through injury.

However, Stacy Long and Angus MacDonald made their debuts after joining in pre-season from Stevenage and Reading respectively.

Last Time Out –


Chesterfield 0-0 (1-2 AET) Tranmere Rovers (Lester 109; Stockton 93, Bell-Baggie 120)

Chesterfield: Lee, Forbes, Trotman, Hird (c), Smith, Talbot, Togwell, Allott, Whitaker, Richards, Westcarr.

AFC Wimbledon

Stevenage 3-1 AFC Wimbledon (Balkestein O.G 14, Dunne 38, Roberts 45; Kiernan 41)

AFC Wimbledon: Brown, MacDonalds, Cummings, Moore, Balkestein; Mitchel-King, Long, Kiernan, Midson, Jolley, Moore.

One to Watch -

Jack Midson

28-year-old striker Jack Midson finished League Two as joint-top goalscorer last season, after firing 18 goals in his first season for the Dons. Midson has forged a decent career in the professional game after being considered somewhat of a journey man in non-league. He joined Oxford United in 2009 and helped the U's secure promotion back to the Football League, but his time at the Kassam Stadium was cut short after brief loan spells with Southend United and Barnet. Terry Brown snapped up the striker and managed to keep hold of his star man this summer after interest from League Two favourites Rotherham.

Ticket Information -

Tickets for Chesterfield's npower League Two curtain-raiser against AFC Wimbledon will be on sale from 9am on Friday, August 3.

Prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adult £15

Concession* £9

Under 16 £4

*Over 65s and students with valid picture ID.

This match is all-ticket and there will be no tickets available from the Kingsmeadow Stadium on the day of the game.

Supporters who have booked true blue travel tickets for this game will need to get their match tickets as soon as possible. A coach ticket does not guarantee you a match ticket.

Supporters can purchase tickets by phone, 01246 488232, or in person at the B2net ticket office.

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