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Report & highlights: Robins 3-1 AFC Wimbledon

19 March 2022

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Cheltenham Town came from behind to beat AFC Wimbledon 3-1 with goals from Callum Wright, George Lloyd and Alfie May.

Jack Rudoni put the travelling side in front after Nesta Guinness-Walker cut through the Robins backline with an accurate through ball, and the attacking midfielder passed the ball past Owen Evans to give Wimbledon the lead.

But second half tap ins from Wright and Lloyd saw the home side claim all three points, despite the strong defensive effort by Wimbledon for majority of the match.

On the 90th minute, May joined in with the goal scoring, and netted in his 19th League goal of the season as he rolled the ball past Nik Tzanev in prime May fashion.

“We try and play the right way and that’s what we tried to do. It’s a real sign of progress and shows the togetherness of the squad,” said manager Michael Duff following the second half comeback victory.

May kicked off his sides chances with an attempted lofted effort, but it travelled into the Hazlewood Stand.

Sean Long played a one-two with Elliot Bonds and then launched a teasing ball for Wright to get his head onto it, however the Leicester loanee’s effort glanced wide of the goal.

Ayoub Assal looked set to put the away side in front after being sent through in on goal, but the attacker got his shot totally wrong and placed the ball wide of the near post. A lucky break for the Robins.

From one end of the field, Wimbledon keeper Tzanev made a finger tipping save to prevent Robins captain Will Boyle from netting the opener. Immediately from the save, the visitors played Rudoni through in on goal and he slotted it past Evans to score his eighth in all competitions.

Cheltenham pushed on for the equaliser, with May and Liam Sercombe having good chances on the half hour mark, but still the men in red and white struggled to test the Wimbledon keeper.

Wimbledon captain Alex Woodyard tested his luck with an outside of the box shot from a corner, but luckily for the Robins it swerved up and over the crossbar.

Following the start of the second half, Ben Williams whipped a cross into May’s path, however the in-from forward couldn’t connect with it, letting the visitors off the hook again.

It didn’t look like it would be Cheltenham’s afternoon as May struck another shot wide.

Manager Duff brought three players all on at once and changed to a back four to help maximise his teams chances of finding the illustrious equaliser.

The substitutions paid off as Aaron Ramsey’s close shot was blocked, but with the goalkeeper on the floor, Wright had an open goal to fire the ball into. The Jonny-Rocks erupted, and momentum had certainly changed hands.

Two minutes later, on his first home game of the season, Lloyd headed in the second from two yards out following a Blair cross. A goal and an assist from substitutes showed that the tactical changes played a big part in getting the win.

With six minutes announced for extra time, May was played in through on goal by wing-back Blair to set the forward up with his 22nd goal in all competitions, to cap off a strong comeback and announce Cheltenham hitting 50 points for the season.

ROBINS: Evans, Long, Raglan, Boyle, Blair, Williams, Sercombe (Colkett 62), Bonds (Ramsey 62), Wright, Williams (Lloyd 62), May

Subs not used: Flinders, Freestone, Pollock, Chapman

WIMBLEDON: Tzanev, Guinness-Walker, Lawrence, Nightingale, Heneghan, Assal (Kalambayi 88), Dapo Mebude (Osei Yaw 88), Rudioni, Hartigan, Woodyard, Cosgrove (Robinson 74)

Subs not used: Broome, Osew, Chislett, Marsh

ATTENDANCE: 3,836 (648 away)

REFEREE: Scott Oldham

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