Southend’s win over Burton means we dropped a place in the table yesterday. It ended a run of 15 games without a win for the Essex side. Elsewhere, heavy defeats for both Scunthorpe and Plymouth means that neither side have won in their last seven games respectively, whilst Walsall’s loss to Wycombe was their seventh in eight games, and means they look doomed to the drop.
A win this evening will take us two points clear of the relegation zone. We are unbeaten in six games away from home, whilst Luton have not lost at home in the league since 10 March 2018 – a run of 25 matches. In 12 visits to Kenilworth Road, we have won five times (D3, L4).
Wally Downes is expecting to get something from tonight’s game. Speaking to the official club web site, he said: “With the underdog mentality we’ve had, I expect us to get something from the game. If we can win, that will be great, but I certainly don’t expect us to come away losing.”
We have no fresh injury concerns, whilst Luton are unsure about Elliott Lee and Alan Sheehan. Lee scored against us in Luton’s 2-0 win at Kingsmeadow in October. Hatters manager Mick Harford said they would assess the pair during training on Sunday; Harford also praised Wally Downes, saying: “Wally has turned them around a little bit. They’ve had some good results and they could make it very difficult for us.”
Don’t expect Deji Oshilaja to be involved this evening. He was seen leaving Kingsmeadow at roughly 3.30pm on Friday, telling onlookers that he was not injured, just “not good enough” to be in the team. He was absent from Saturday’s open training session, as was Kwesi Appiah.
The Wycombe game is a sell-out. There are no more tickets remaining for our final home game of the season, but the club has opened up a waiting list: e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get your name added.
The Ladies team beat Enfield Town Ladies 3-2 on Sunday. Rosie Russell scored the winning goal in injury time; Sian Wylie and Rebecca Sargent got the other girls. The game was played at Kingsmeadow, and was the ladies’ final home fixture of the season: they lie sixth in National League Division One South-East.
The club hosted an excellent open training session at Kingsmeadow on Saturday. Junior Dons were given the opportunity to ask questions of Wally and Glyn, the pick of which included, “How much are you paid?” and “Why hasn’t Will Nightingale signed a new contract yet?”
Concord Rangers have secured a National League South play-off berth. Sammy Moore’s side beat St Albans 2-1 on Monday to confirm their spot in the top seven places. Jack Midson’s 18 goals helped, as did Lee Minshull’s three, and they play in blue and yellow, too. Which is nice.
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ON THIS DAY – 2005. Ryman League Division One champions AFC Wimbledon were given a guard of honour in their last home game of the season by Cray Wanderers. Having confirmed the championship a fortnight earlier with a gruelling 1-0 win over Met Police, this was one of three games building up to a Surrey Senior Cup Final date with Walton & Hersham. Wimbledon won 3-0 and lifted the league trophy at the end of the game. The double was completed ten days later: the Dons running out 2-1 winners.