Checkatrade Trophy – Southern Group F - The Hive London - Tuesday 29th August 2017 – KO 8pm
Rossi Eames is likely to make some changes to the side that lost on Saturday to Stevenage. New signing Andre Blackman is available for selection. John Akinde (knee) and Richard Brindley (ankle) are still recovering from injuries sustained in pre-season. Curtis Weston (knee) is also out, as is Michael Nelson (ankle). Elliott Johnson is out with a long term knee injury.
Last Time We Met:
We last met in February 2016, with AFC Wimbledon coming out victorious with a 2-1 win at The Hive London.
The visitors took the lead shortly after half time. Lyle Taylor took advantage of a lapse in concentration amongst the Barnet back line and looped the ball over the stranded Jamie Stephens. They doubled their advantage late on when Ade Azeez tapped home from inside the six yard box.
Barnet pulled a goal back with three minutes left to play through substitute Mathew Stevens
Neal Ardley has been with Wimbledon since 2012, but had previously played for the Dons from 1991 ‘til 2002.
A right sided midfielder or full back in his playing days, he also made appearances for Watford, Cardiff and finally Millwall before retiring in 2007.
He became Academy Manager in 2007 at Cardiff before being appointed AFC Wimbledon manager in 2012. He would help guide the club to League 2 play-off success at Wembley in in 2016, beating Plymouth 2-0.
If selected, Lyle Taylor could be a real handful for the Barnet back line. Although he is yet to get off the mark this season, his 14 goals and 6 assists in all competitions last campaign shows just what he can do.
A Montserrat international, Taylor was signed by Millwall in 2007. Loans to non-league sides followed before he joined Concord Rangers. Whilst with the Essex side, he was offered a trial at Bournemouth and subsequently signed a two year deal. He joined Wimbledon in 2015 after representing clubs across both England and Scotland.
Wimbledon captain Barry Fuller had two spells with the Bees. The first was a short loan in 2006 and the second coming in 2012 when he featured 41 times in our final season at Underhill.
25 year old midfielder George Francomb played 15 times for Barnet on loan from Norwich in 2010/11. He scored three times during his spell which lasted a little over three months.
Last Time Out:
AFC Wimbledon picked up their first win of the season at the weekend, 2-0 against Doncaster Rovers.
Two great strikes around the hour mark from Kwesi Appiah and Andy Barcham secured the victory in a match that boss Neal Ardley described as “a game of two halves”.
AFC Wimbledon: George Long, Barry Fuller, Callum Kennedy, Paul Robinson, Deji Oshilaja, Liam Trotter, George Francomb (Dean Parrett), Jimmy Abdou, Lyle Taylor (Egli Kaja), Kwesi Appiah (Cody McDonald), Andy Barcham.
The only stands open for this fixture at the North and East. The stadium opens at 6:30pm, with the home ticket office open from 5:30pm serving both Barnet and Wimbledon fans.
This fixture, as with all cup fixtures, is all pay and membership cards will not work.
*Concessions are supporters aged 65 years and over & under the age of 21
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