Tuesday, November 16, 2010

They were undoubtedly dancing in the streets around Wimbledon and Kingsmeadow this evening.

Franchise FC went crashing out of their FA Cup First Round replay at home to Stevenage, saving Dons fans the heartbreak and anguish of having to "welcome" the club killers to their new home in the second round.

Although some Dons fans were relishing the prospect of putting one over on the club that forced them to start from scratch again, many, if not most, were dreading the potential day.

The best option for them was for Stevenage to win their replay against MK. The second best, that AFC Wimbledon lost theirs to Ebbsfleet.

Thanks to a Darius Charles late late equaliser for Stevenage in normal time and Mathias Doumbe's penalty shoot-out miss for the Franchise, option 1 came in.

It wasn't an exciting match to watch on the whole and it looked like Milton Keynes would indeed be advancing to the possible showdown after Lewis Guy put them into the lead four minutes after the interval.

Darius Charles became an instant Wimbledon hero though when he bundled home the Stevenage equaliser five minutes into stoppage time to send fans of the non league side, and another non league side not that far away, into raptures.

MK had the chance to win the shootout when it was tied at 4-4 but Chris Day in the Stevenage goal brilliantly saved from Peter Leven and the Franchise eventually crashed out 7-6 on spot kicks.

So a huge sigh of relief for all connected with AFC Wimbledon, as a potential meeting with the club that they don't even want to acknowledge exists is put off for another season.

All the Dons have to do now is to make sure that they keep their focus and win their replay at Ebbsfleet to keep their own FA Cup dream alive.

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