Exeter v AFC Wimbledon preview

Date published: Friday 16th August 2013 10:30

The Grecians could be without as many as five first-team players for this weekend’s league fixture at home.

Youth-team graduates Scot Bennett and Jordan Moore-Taylor, who have started the Grecians’ opening three games, both sustained knee injuries in Saturday’s goalless draw with Mansfield and will be assessed.

If the duo fail to make it then Tommy Doherty and Aaron Dawson look certain to be recalled.

Matt Oakley is yet to feature this season while Paul Tisdale is hoping Alan Gow will overcome the dead leg he suffered in their 2-0 Capital One Cup defeat against QPR earlier this month. Centre-back Pat Baldwin could also be missing as he awaits news of the birth of his first child, due on Saturday.

Dons boss Neal Ardley has a virtually full-strength squad for the trip South West.

Centre-half Will Antwi is the only absentee as he recovers from a hernia op, and he should be back in contention within the next couple of weeks.

Fellow defender Rhys Weston is set to be on the bench again following his recent switch to Kingsmeadow with Ardley unlikely to tinker with the side which beat Wycombe 1-0 last weekend.

Andy Frampton (dead leg) and Michael Smith (ankle) shrugged off knocks to face Wanderers and should keep their places, while winger Kevin Saint-Luce could be added to the squad after recovering from a hamstring injury.

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Exeter v AFC Wimbledon preview

Date published: Monday 5th November 2012 11:45

Exeter boss Paul Tisdale looks set to hand Alan Gow his first League Two start since late September as the City manager looks to end a run that has seen them score just once in their last six games.

The former Blackpool and Rangers playmaker came through the entire of their 1-0 FA Cup defeat at Bury unscathed and now looks set to start the home game with AFC Wimbledon.

Irish striker John O’Flynn was introduced for Steve Tully at half-time at Gigg Lane and Tisdale may be tempted to give the former Barnet man the nod as he looks to win at home for the first time since September 18.

Tisdale is also likely to field regulars Scot Bennett and Craig Woodman who know a yellow card against the Dons would rule them out of Saturday’s clash with Fleetwood.

George Francomb returns to the AFC Wimbledon squad for the trip to Exeter.

The Norwich loanee was ineligible for Saturday’s 1-1 FA Cup draw against York as his parent club do not want him cup-tied.

Louis Harris came in for Francomb in a reshuffled midfield at the weekend and could be the one to make way.

Defenders Callum McNaughton and Mat Mitchel-King were unused substitutes on Saturday following lengthy injury lay-offs and should be involved again.

McNaughton has been sidelined since suffering a cruciate ligament injury in March while fellow centre-half Mitchel-King has been out since August with a back problem.

Top scorer Byron Harrison is in line to return to the starting line-up after dropping to the bench at York.

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