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A first for everything: AFC Wimbledon look to end their Northampton Town jinx

2 April 2015

Seven games, three goals, two points, zero wins - AFC Wimbledon’s record against Northampton Town makes grim reading.

Despite it only being Wimbledon’s fourth campaign since their promotion to The Football League, the Dons will still be keen to end their jinx against their Good Friday opponents, and they will move level on points with Northampton in the Sky Bet League 2 Play-Off race if they can defeat them for the first time.

The pair first clashed on a Tuesday night at Kingsmeadow in September 2011, when the Cobblers weren’t in the mood to go easy on the Sky Bet League 2 newcomers. Despite going down to 10 men, the visitors built on a 1-0 lead given to them by Adebayo Akinfenwa, and extended it with two second-half goals for a comfortable 3-0 success.

Akinfenwa, who now leads the line for Wimbledon, scored again at the home of the Dons when the two sides met for the fourth time, in February 2013. Alan Bennett had put the Londoners on course for their first win against the Cobblers, but the talismanic striker stole a point for the visitors.

For the more superstitious fans, it could be a good omen that the game is being played on a Friday. Four of the seven encounters so far have been played on a Tuesday, with Wimbledon picking up their two draws in midweek.

However, each Saturday game has returned the same scoreline – 2-0 to Northampton. That includes the reverse meeting this season, when Kaid Mohamed and Alex Nicholls wrapped up the points for Chris Wilder's men.

You can keep up-to-date with how the Dons get on, and all the weekend’s League 2 action, by following the divisional Twitter feed - @SkyBetLeague2.

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