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Previous Meetings: AFC Wimbledon

15 February 2018

Rovers have a great record against AFC Wimbledon since The Dons' return to the Football League in 2011, winning seven, drawing two and losing just twice.

We've picked out three standout Rovers v Dons clashes from the past seven years to give you a dose of Gas nostalgia.

6th of August 2011 - AFC Wimbledon 2 - 3 Bristol Rovers

It was the opening day of the 2011/12 League Two season, and The Dons were making their return to the Football League after the club had been reformed following the relocation and inception of MK Dons in 2004. 

Rovers got off to a great start in the game and held a two goal lead after just 20 minutes, with Matt Harrold following up Scott McGleish's opener after just three minutes.

The hosts pulled one back before the break and then found an equaliser on 68 minutes and looked to have secured themselves point.

However there was to be another twist when Rovers were awarded a penalty for handball four minutes from time, which Adam Virgo stepped up to dispatch and claim all three points for his side.

8th of March 2016 - Bristol Rovers 3 - 1 AFC Wimbledon

A game of huge importance to both sides, with Rovers and Dons amongst the League Two play-off places at a time where it looked like it could be one or the other, meaning three points would go a long way in a promotion bid.

It was a near on perfect first half for Darrell Clarke's men, who went into the break with a two goal advantage thanks to strikes from Jermaine Easter and Ollie Clarke.

Wimbledon however pulled one back early in the second half to set off a tremor of nerves around the Mem, before Matty Taylor put the result to bed with just over 10 minutes to play, securing a big win for The Gas.

Despite the loss, The Dons would still gain promotion to League One that year, alongside Rovers.

8th of April 2017 - AFC Wimbledon 0 - 1 Bristol Rovers

This is Rovers' most recent visit to Kingsmeadow and is the venue for Rovers' fastest Football League goal.

The Gas got off to a dream start after just 11 seconds when Byron Moore volleyed home on the edge of the area to give his side an extremely early lead.

A contrary formality to Rovers' current trend of coming from behind - they managed to protect their slender lead for the remaining 90 minutes to leave the capital with maximum points. 


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