Old Dons in league clash


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WY­COMBE Wan­der­ers plan to make life a mis­ery for the man­ager who helped save their league lives, writes Paul War­bur­ton.

Chairboys boss Gareth Ainsworth ad­mits he owes a mas­sive debt to Neal Ard­ley (pic­tured) – but payback is go­ing to have to wait un­til 5pm Satur­day after the clash with AFC Wim­ble­don.

Ainsworth re­vealed his pal, from the days when both were at the old Wim­ble­don to­gether, went out of his way to call him on the morn­ing of the most vi­tal game in Blues mem­ory last sea­son.

Just be­fore Wy­combe set off on their mam­moth quest to Torquay, Ard­ley shared his ex­pe­ri­ence from the sea­son be­fore when Dons also sur­vived the fi­nal day.

“He’s a re­ally good friend,” Ainsworth said. “We played to­gether at Wim­ble­don for four years, and he told me, be­cause he had been there the sea­son be­fore, to keep the emo­tion out of it.

“But this is a big game and be­cause they beat the league lead­ers last Satur­day I don’t want that twice in a row.

“We’ll have a beer after, but be­fore that we’ll be go­ing as hard as pos­si­ble to get a win.”

Wy­combe go into the game sit­ting pretty at the top of the League Two ta­ble fol­low­ing Satur­day’s 3-1 win at More­cambe, thanks to spec­tac­u­lar goals from dis­tance by Sam Wood and Joe Ja­cob­son, plus a Maz Kret­zschmar ef­fort.

But they may have to take on the Dons with­out cen­tre back Aaron Pierre, who picked up a nasty head in­jury and may have to take an en­forced seven-day lay-off un­der FA rules if it is found he was con­cussed at any point.

Wy­combe Wan­der­ers v AFC Wim­ble­don Che­sham United v Paulton Rovers Bea­cons­field SYCOB v Faver­sham Town; Chal­font St Peter v AFC Hayes Holmer Green v Big­gleswade United Amer­sham Town v Arlesey Town Re­serves; Edg­ware Town v Che­sham United Re­serves Wasps

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