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17:04 8th August 2009


For the second Saturday running it was a tale of two penalties as 10-man Hatters were denied all three points on their debut in the Blue Square Premier.

It had looked like the Town were going to earn their first three points of the campaign thanks to Tom Craddock's 14th minute strike from 12 yards after Shane Blackett was tugged in the box.

However, as the Hatters spurned a number of chances the Dons levelled matters 11 minutes from time when substitute Jon Main tucked away a penalty after he was fouled by Blackett who was sent-off for his challenge.

Craddock had a number of chances himself to double the Town's lead, most notably a minute after the Hatters had taken the lead when seeing a header well-saved by the feet of James Pullen.

While the Hatters bossed the first half the second was a different matter and the Dons were denied an equaliser on 63 minutes when Mark Tyler saved Lewis Taylor's low shot.

After the Dons had levelled the hosts sensed a winner and they almost got in three minutes from time when Callum Reynolds did well to block a shot from Taylor.

Luton Town: Tyler, Emanuel (Howells 75), Pilkington, Blackett, Reynolds, Burgess, Hall, Keane, Newton (Jarvis 86), Craddock (Basham 83), Gallen.

Unused substitutes: Gore, Gnakpa.

AFC Wimbledon: Pullen, Garrard, Hussey, Gregory, Lorraine, Johnson, Hatton (Main 67), Taylor, Kedwell, Duncan (Moore 69), Godfrey (Wellard 74).

Unused substitutes: Judge, Brown.

Attendance: 4,488 (including 826 from Luton).

FULL TIME whistleIt's all over at Kingsmeadow as the Hatters have to settle for a share of spoils. We'll have reaction and match action as soon as we get it.

90 mins - A left-footed free-kick from Garrad is deflected behind of Hall with Tyler left flat-footed and from the resulting corner, Lorraine gets up at the back-post but can only see his header go high and wide. A great chance missed.

87 mins - A great move from the Dons and the Hatters are thankful to a great block from Reynolds after Wellard and Moore had combined well. A let-off for the Town as Wimbledon begin to make their extra man count.

86 mins - subFinal change from Mick as Rossi Jarvis replaces Newton.

84 mins - Since Blackett's dismissal Keane has dropped to centre-half alongside Pilkington.

83 mins - subSecond change for the Town. Craddock's replaced by Steve Basham.

79 mins - GOAL! GOAL! AFC WIMBLEDON 1-1 Hatters - Main steps up and fires past Tyler, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way. It's game on for final 10 minutes.

78 mins - Red card Shane Blackett is red carded for a challenge on Main.


75 mins - subFirst change by Mick Harford of the afternoon as Jake Howells is brought on for Lewis Emanuel.

73 mins - BookingSecond card for the Town as Hall is carded by the referee after tripping Main.

71 mins - Johnson is in action up the other this time as he heads over the crossbar from a left-wing free-kick. Moments later Reynolds is giving a final warning by referee Cooper following another challenge tight on the right-hand touchline.

68 mins - A reckless challenge by Brett Johnson on Burgess, just as the midfielder was about to run at goal, gives the former Rushden man the chance from a free-kick right on the edge of the Dons area. However, as he looks to curl the ball into the top corner the shot is blocked by Garrad.

66 mins BookingFirst booking of the game as Reynolds' crunching challenge on Kedwell leaves the striker down in the centre circle. A moment later the Dons bring on last season's top goalscorer Jon Main for Sam Hatton.

63 mins - Tyler to the rescue. The Hatters goalkeeper has had a relatively quiet debut between the sticks but pulls of a fantastic block to deny the Dons an equaliser. Hussey hangs a high cross from the left which finds Taylor down the right. The angle is tight but the Wimbledon number 8 drills a shot hard and low that Tyler is equal to at his near post.

60 mins - Craddock looks a menace everytime he gets the ball and this time a neat one-two with Burgess almost paves an opportunity for the striker to shoot at goal. Instead, when better placed, he unselfishly looks for a pass but can't pick out a team-mate.

57 mins - This time it's Reynolds down the right wing who gets the ball across goal. However, this time, for the Portsmouth loanee he can't pick out any of his team-mates and the chance is lost.

55 mins - Even closer from the Town. A superb pass from Keane releases goalscorer Craddock on the left-hand edge of the penalty area. He skips past his man and curls a vicious shot goalwards that only just falls wide of the right-hand up-right. Great play but still 1-0.

52 mins - Double chance for the Hatters. Firstly Craddock brilliantly turns Gregory inside the area to get a shot at goal. The ball inches towards the goal-line with Newton lurking for a tap-in but the ball is cleared by Lorraine. However, his clearance is poor, falling straight to Burgess who hits a first time shot narrowly over the crossbar. Almost 2-0 but the Dons are looking better than they did in the first.

50 mins - Chance for the Dons. Luke Garrard hangs a cross high into the Hatters box and it's met by the head of Kedwell. At first it looks like it's going to test Tyler but the ball lands up gently dropping into the hands of the keeper.

47 mins - A delightful first time pass from Burgess gets Gallen on his bike but the veteran striker is adjudged to have moved to quickly as is flagged offside.

46 mins - No changes at the break for either sides as the Hatters get the second half underway, kicking towards their 800 fans behind the goal.

HALF TIME whistleReferee Cooper brings the first half to a close and its the Hatters who hold a slender lead thanks to Tom Craddock's penalty on 14 minutes. The Town have been well on top and will look to put the game beyond doubt in the second period. Stay tuned to Diversefm, Hatters Player and here on in the second half.

45 mins - Another chance of the Dons, as half-time approaches. Good play down the right from Lewis Taylor finds Derek Duncan but his shot on the volley is well wide as it flashes past Tyler's left-hand post.

44 mins - The Dons have struggled to impose themselves as an attacking force during this first half but they finally register an effort on target when striker Danny Kedwell clips the ball of Pilkington and pokes a shot goalwards. Thankfully for the Hatters his shot lacks the power and the ball trickles wide of Tyler's right-hand post.

40 mins - Hussey misjudges the flight of the ball and needlessly heads behind for a Luton corner. Burgess whips in the flag-kick but the Dons are able to clear the danger. Moments later, intricate play from Craddock and Reynolds carves out a chance for Hall who blasts a right-foot shot well over Pullen's crossbar from 18 yards.

37 mins - Not much more action on the field as yet but Big Mick's just given the thumbs-up to travelling contingent.

33 mins - More great play from Newton as the Hatters counterattack. Burgess plays a neat pass to the winger who finds himself in acres of space down the right. He tries to pick a pass to Craddock on the edge of the area but the moves break down and eventually the Town goalscorer is flagged offside. More encouraging, neat and tidy play.

32 mins - There's been a noticable lull in proceedings but still the Town continue to dominate. Mark Tyler, of one five debutants on the field for the visitors, has hadn't had much to do...yet.

26 mins - As you'd expect this time of year the pitch is looking in fantastic condition and the Town are makig the post of the baize like surface with some slick passing.

21 mins - The Hatters are well and top and the Dons simply can't contain Newton down the right flank. The winger, making his debut today, again gets the better of Chris Hussey to find Gallen on the edge of the area. His first shot if well blocked and as the ball drops free Asa Hall tries his luck but he sees his effort go wide of Pullen' right-hand post.

20 mins - Having arrived at the ground so late I hadn't take much time to look around the ground. One thing for sure is it's absolutely packed to the rafters. It's a glorious August day and the travelling 800 Hatters are in fine voice. I think Nico's in amongst them somewhere...

15 mins - Oh and that could have been two in a minute for Town. Newton does well to scampered down the right and his cross his perfect for Craddock. The striker gets up well to meet the ball with his head but his downward effort is well blocked on the line by James Pullen in the Dons goal. Great all around play.

14 mins - GOAL! GOAL! AFC Wimbledon 0-1 HATTERS - The Hatters campaign is off an under way and Tom Craddock who missed a penalty much to the disgust of his manager last week as put the Town ahead with a superb spot-kick. Newton was pulled down in the box by Paul Lorraine following Andy Burgess' left wing free-kick.



Luton Town: Tyler, Emanuel, Pilkington, Blackett, Reynolds, Burgess, Hall, Keane, Newton, Craddock, Gallen.

Substitutes: Gore, Howells, Jarvis, Gnakpa, Basham.

AFC Wimbledon: Pullen, Garrard, Hussey, Gregory, Lorraine, Johnson, Hatton, Taylor, Kedwell, Duncan, Godfrey.

Substitutes: Judge, Brown, Wellard, Main, Moore.

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