League 2 review – AFC Wimbledon

A 1-0 opening day win in League Two saw the perfect start for Terry Brown’s side, but the optimism from that result quickly evaporated after an embarrassing four days in August.

6-2 and 5-1 away defeats to Burton Albion and Bradford City respectively started a painful time in the clubs history.

With The Don’s struggling to recover from those results, the club lost four out of his next five games and following a 1-0 home defeat long serving manager Terry Brown was relieved of his duties.

Former Wimbledon player Neal Ardley was the man chosen to take the club forward, and his appointment immediately bore fruit, as a single goal victory over Wycombe gave the club its first three points in seven games.

But despite this win, the new manager found life hard in the first few months, and by the end of 2012 the club were sitting bottom of League Two.

But the Wombles fortunes changed dramatically in the first few months of 2013, as the club only lost two of its 11 league games in January and February, and won four of their seven league games in March.

This run moved the Don’s seven points clear of danger, but the threat of relegation moved slightly back into focus after a winless run of five games.

The Don’s went into the last game of the season knowing they had to beat Fleetwood Town at home to guarantee their future in the Football League.

In an incredible match, that swayed back and forth, Wimbledon delivered the final knock out blow to their visitors with a Jack Midson penalty late in the game, which secured safety for Neal Ardley’s side.

The Don’s go into next season knowing they can’t get that close to the dread drop into non-league football ever again.

Top Goalscorer: Jack Midson
Player of the Season: Jack Midson
Clubs Future: Jim Fenlon

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