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TOWN 2 AFC WIMBLEDON 2

28 August 2021

Pigott and Burns goals not enough as spoils shared

AFC Wimbledon came from behind to hold Town to a third successive 2-2 draw at home.

A penalty from Joe Pigott and a fine Wes Burns finish put Town in control but Jack Rudoni's late goal after Ben Heneghan's header saw the game end level.

Paul Cook made one change to the starting XI from last weekend's game against MK Dons, Pigott returning in place of Macauley Bonne.

There was little to separate the two sides in the opening quarter of an hour, an early Scott Fraser shot from distance the best chance either team could create.

Burns looked lively down the right wing, beating two defenders on 16 minutes before his dinked ball across the box was over the top of everyone. Rekeem Harper saw a long-range piledriver comfortably saved a few moments later.

Town continued to dominate, with full-backs Kane Vincent-Young and Hayden Coulson looking particularly dangerous. 

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Pigott had a good chance to open the scoring midway through the half but he saw his powerful strike from just inside the box cannon off the face of his opposite number, Ollie Palmer, before the visitors cleared the danger.

Wimbledon's first opening followed just after the half-hour mark but Aaron Pressley fired high over the bar on the half-volley from Henry Lawrence's ball into the box.

Two corners followed before a Town counter led to Harper seeing a shot deflected over the top of the bar by a defender after good work from Kyle Edwards, Pigott and Fraser.

The same supporting trio linked up again 10 minutes later, Pigott's physicality causing problems before Edwards' low shot from Fraser's lay-off was saved by Nik Tzanev.

Town took control of the game with two goals inside three minutes at the start of the second half.

On 51 minutes, Burns beat his marker for pace before being pulled down in the box. Pigott sent Tzanev the wrong way to coolly slot the resulting penalty. 

The next goal also came from the right wing, Vincent-Young playing Burns in behind before the winger finished into the top left corner.

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Wimbledon pulled one back just three minutes later, however, as Heneghan headed into the back of the net following a deep free-kick.

The Blues continued to dominate the ball but the visitors looked to be a threat on the counter, Vaclav Hladky turning Palmer's curling shot around the post.

Town were dealt a blow with just over 10 minutes remaining as Burns was forced off through injury, Janoi Donacien replacing him while Sone Aluko entered the action to make his League debut for the Club.

Harper could have added a third goal late on but blazed over the top from the edge of the area.

Jack Rudoni netted deep into stoppage time see the game end level.

Town: Hladky, Vincent-Young (Aluko 78), Woolfenden, Burgess, Coulson (Penney 86), Harper, Evans (C), Burns (Donacien 78), Fraser, Edwards, Pigott. 

Subs: Holy, Carroll, Barry, Jackson.

Booked: Hladky.

AFC Wimbledon: Tzanev, Lawrence, Woodyard (C), Nightingale, Alexander (Guinness-Walker 70), Hartigan, Palmer, Assal, Pressley (Mebude 61), McCormick (Rudoni 70), Heneghan.

Subs: Oualah, Marsh, Chislett, Kalambayi.

Booked: Woodyard, Hartigan.

Attendance: 19,051


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