By Gerry Prewett.
Rovers home record in these ties against AFC Wimbledon is good with 6 wins and 3 defeats in the 9 games played. However those three Wimbledon victories have come in the last 4 games.
The first time the teams clashed in Bristol was on 17 March 2012 when an 11thminute Muzzy Carayol secured all three points for Rovers.
On 30 November 2013, David Clarkson opened the scoring for Rovers, before Tom Parkes doubled the lead on the half hour mark. Matt Harrold rounded things off from the penalty spot just before the final whistle, to complete an emphatic 3-0 home victory.
On the 8 March 2016 Rovers took the lead on 28 minutes when Jermaine Easter nodded Rovers ahead from Lee Brown's cross. Ollie Clarke doubled the lead with a low right-footed shot 10 minutes later. Jon Meades' header on 52 minutes brought Wimbledon back into the game but Matty Taylor's 12-yard finish on 78 minutes, his 19th of the season, sealed victory. The Don’s Adebayo Akinfenwa was sent off for dissent in added time, having come on in the 80th minute as a substitute for Lyle Taylor.
In 2016/17 season Rovers won a New Years Eve at the Mem 2-0 in front of a 10,093 crowd. Matty Taylor scored both goals in the 61stand 70thminutes.
On 28 October 2018 Rovers took the lead in the 35thminute when Dons goalkeeper Joe McDonnell failed to deal with a Sam Matthews in-swinging corner under his crossbar and the ball went in, with Ed Upson claiming the final touch inside the six-yard box. It was 2-0 in the 53rdminute when Michael Kelly's cross from the left took a deflection and centre-back Will Nightingale's attempt to clear saw him volley an own goal past McDonnell. This was their last victory in these games.
Last season’s Boxing Day tie was Ben Garner's first game as the Gas manager.Rovers took a 43rd-minute lead through a controversial penalty. Abu Ogogo went down inside the box, with Rod McDonald appearing to be the player penalised by referee Robert Lewis.Jonson Clarke-Harris rifled the resulting spot-kick into the roof of the net, giving visiting goalkeeper Nathan Trott no chance.Wimbledon's equaliser came on 70 minutes, when Joe Pigott's shot hit the near post and the ball bounced across goal for Marcus Forss to net from close range.Six minutes from time Forss turned provider, when his low cross from the left was bundled over the line by Pigott.