AFC Wimbledon v Woking FA Trophy Match Report

Saturday on a hangover can be a dark time. Everything seems so difficult to do, you need something to snap you out of it, a little power up … AFC Wimbledon v Woking in the FA Trophy perhaps? I had been invited down by an AFC fan. He is a big follower of football in general and it was great to get a glimpse of what it is like to be a non-league fan.


I found the boys under a Fosters brolly having a pint before kick-off. I thought it would be rude not to join them for a quick one before the game and after downing the ice cold pint to within a second of getting brainfreeze, we headed in and on to the terraces. This was a game in the FA Trophy, a game that AFC Wimbledon wanted to win as the ultimate prize is a trip to Wembley.

I read through the team sheets and a couple of names stood out, Elvis Hammond (ex-Fulham and Leicester) being the most notable.

The game itself started brightly for the away side and after only three minutes some jittery defending lead to the first goal; a ball cleared short to midfield was intercepted by the Woking full back who fed striker Moses Ademola who buried a left foot shot past a floundering Seb Brown – not the best start for the home side. 1-0 Woking.

The atmosphere was a little cagey. The home fans had decent numbers, but were a bit quiet, and it was the Woking away contingent of 362 who were making all the noise. A chorus of ‘top of the league, you’re aving a laugh’ broke out, followed up by ‘MK Dons la la la’ as the banter started flying.

The game was lively, but with both defences performing well it looked like this may not be a game littered with goals. But then just as I was thinking that, a bouncing ball was clipped through to AFC’s Mark Nwokeji who took on his chest and in his stride before despatching a half volley across the goal and in to the bottom corner. Great finish, 1-1.

With half time approaching both teams fancied nicking a goal. A misplaced through ball went straight to Sawyer in the Woking midfield who played in Hammond in the box and he was brought down by a rash challenge from Dons defender Franks. The ref gave a penalty and Ademola obliged by slipping it away efficiently for his second of the half. Woking 2-1 AFC – Half Time.

I was hoping for more from the second half. AFC manager Terry Brown took off both wide men and changed the shape, bringing on top scorer Danny Kedwell, a strong hustle and bustle striker that has a bit of pace.

In due time, he scored. The goal came after a cross was handballed by a Woking defender, the ref spotted it and straight away pointed to the spot. Up stepped Kedwell to put away his 14th goal of the season, hammering the ball past ex-Don Little. 2-2 and Game On.

The game looked to be heading for a replay, a scenario that would suit AFC Wimbledon, but it wasn’t to be as Woking came back in to the game. A cross came in to the AFC box to striker Elvis Hammond, he had his back to goal and the defenders seemed to be in control, but there was a bit of magic from the man Hammond. He took the ball on his chest, swivelled and volleyed a winner in from 6 yards – great goal. There were a couple of further chances, but the game ended 3-2.

I was talking to manager Terry Brown after the match and it obvious this was a game he really wanted to win. There was a lot of disappointment in losing out on a trip to Wembley for fans and players alike.

I was impressed by the fans and what this club is about. There is intelligent football talk on the terraces and a great feel to the club before and after the game. Of particular note, was the reception that Alan Inns received when he came on. Formally of AFC and now plying his trade at Woking, he is a good friend of mine and I will be back on The Rascal with some features utilising my insider access very soon!

Final Score:

AFC Wimbledon 2

Mark Nwokeji (38)
Danny Kedwell (Pen 71)

Woking 3

Moses Ademola (3)
Moses Ademola (45)
Elvis Hammond (87)

Attendance: 2259

Line-ups:

AFC: Seb Brown, Samuel Hatton, Gareth Gwillim (Rashid Yussuff 81), Ricky Wellard, Ed Harris, Fraser Franks, James Mulley, Luke Moore, Mark Nwokeji (Danny Kedwell 58), Christian Jolley (Sammy Moore 58), Kirk Hudson

Woking: Andy Little, Ricky Anane (Alan Inns 50), Aswad Thomas, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, Adam Doyle, Moses Ademola, Jerome Maledon, Elvis Hammond (Craig Faulconbridge 87), Lee Sawyer, Anson Cousins (Dave Gilroy 73)

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