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AFC Wimbledon v Stanley

13 May 2016

Club News

AFC Wimbledon v Stanley

13 May 2016

For the first time in five years Stanley are involved in the League Two play-offs.

The Reds make the trip south to take on AFC Wimbledon in the first leg of the semi-final.[vc_accordion][vc_accordion_tab title="The Opposition"]The club have been very successful since their formation, winning four promotions in a decade. They spent one season in the Isthmian First Division, winning the title in the 2004/05 season.

They then spent three seasons in the Isthmian Premier Division and won promotion after beating Staines Town 2-1 in the play offs in the 2007/08 season. The Dons then made it back to back promotions by winning the Conference South title in the 2008/09 season.

They spent the following two seasons in the Conference Premier, before being promoted in the 2010/11 season after beating Luton Town on penalties in the play-off final after finishing in 2nd place in the league.The club have then spent the last four seasons in League Two and finished in 15th place last season.

This time it was seventh spot and a play-off place, with the Dons eyeing another promotion.[/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title="Manager"]

Neal Ardley was appointed manager in October 2012 following the departure of Terry Brown.

Neal joined AFC Wimbledon from Cardiff City where, as academy manager since 2007, he had played a major role in developing the Bluebirds' highly regarded youth system.

In his playing career, as a winger and occasional right-back, he appeared almost 250 times for Wimbledon between 1991 and 2002 before moves to Watford, Cardiff and Millwall.[/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title="One to Watch"]Powerful and experienced frontman Akinfenwa needs no introduction to Stanley fans. ‘The Beast' once scored a hat-trick for former club Northampton against the Reds.

He signed for the Dons in June 2014 after his release from Gillingham. ‘Bayo' has been a consistent goalscorer in over a decade with clubs in the lower two tiers of the Football League. He lists Torquay, Swansea, Millwall, Northampton and the Gills among his former clubs.

He has six goals this season and is a real focal point for his team - Lyle Taylor may have 20 for the campaign but Akinfenwa is a talisman for the team.[/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title="Form Guide"][vc_text_separator title="Stanley: DWWWD" color="juicy_pink"]Stanley are unbeaten in twelve matches ahead of kick off.

The weekend draw against Stevenage may have meant disappointment but it also brought a third successive clean sheet.

Away from home John Coleman's team have won their last five games.[vc_text_separator title="AFC Wimbledon: WWWDW" color="blue"]The Dons are flying, having won seven of their last ten matches.

They're unbeaten in two, keeping clean sheets in both of those games.

Ardley's side have lost twice at home since February.

[/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title="Stanley Team News"]John Coleman has a few niggles to contend with ahead of the trip south.

Matt Crooks is the only definitely confirmed absentee having undergone ankle surgery.

All the club's loan signings, including last week's starters Tariqe Fosu and Brad Halliday, are eligible for the play-offs.[/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title="The Ground"]Kingsmeadow (Cherry Red Records Stadium) is shared by AFC Wimbledon and Kingstonian with the former having started playing there in 2002 before purchasing the ground a year later.

The current capacity is 4850 – the record attendance for an AFC Wimbledon game is 4784 which was set against Liverpool in the FA Cup 3rd round.[/vc_accordion_tab][vc_accordion_tab title="Match Coverage"]

There will be updates on the club Twitter and Facebook accounts.

At full time a full match report will be posted online and on social media, followed by post match reaction.


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