Stevenage stalemate as AFC Wimbledon make play-offs
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A goalless draw between Stevenage and AFC Wimbledon rounded off Boro’s Sky Bet League Two games at the Lamex Stadium this season.
With the home side already safe, the point was enough to secure the Dons a play-off place with results elsewhere going in their favour.
Stevenage, whose only change to the starting XI was the QPR loanee Jake Mulraney back in the side in place of Aaron O’Connor, enjoyed a decent start and perhaps should have gone ahead on nine minutes.
A loose back-pass from ex-Boro man Darius Charles let in Greg Luer, however Dons’ keeper Kelle Roos stormed out of his box to block the on loan forward from Hull City.
That woke up the visitors who then went close with Jake Reeves firing wide, Tom Elliott heading off target and George Francomb denied by a fine recovery challenge from Dean Parrett.
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The biggest chance of the half fell to Luer 10 minutes before half-time after a fine flowing Stevenage move.
Jake Mulraney, on loan from QPR, made strides down the left flank before centring.
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Ben Kennedy collected the ball at the far post and delivered it back across goal to Luer, who with his back to goal, swivelled and shot but Roos made a smart stop as the half.
The second period saw the hosts have the greater possession and when Adam Marriott joined the action on 56 minutes they seemed more cohesive in attack.
The move of the half saw Michael Tonge play the ball in to Kennedy on the edge of the box and he laid it off to Marriott who fired just over the top right corner.
After Wimbledon had introduced Ade Akinfenwa to hold the ball up in attack their best chance followed.
Sean Rigg though scuffed his shot to Boro keeper Jamie Jones from eight yards after a ball from Ade Azeez.
With few real clear-cut second half chances it was no surprise the game ended goalless with the hosts earning a fourth clean sheet in seven games.
Stevenage’s season comes to an end next Saturday with an away trip to Accrington.
Stevenage: Jones, Wilkinson, Franks, Luer (Marriott 56), Pett, Tonge, Parrett, Wells, Henry (c), Mulraney (Lee 75), Kennedy (Conlon 80).
Subs not used: Day, Johnson, Adams, Conlon, Gorman.
AFC Wimbledon: Roos, Fuller (c), Callum Kennedy, Bulman, Robinson, Francomb, Reeves (Smith 38), Elliott (Azeez 59), Rigg, Charles, Taylor (Akinfenwa 75).
Subs not used: Shea, Fitzpatrick, Sweeney, Murphy.
Referee; Charles Breakspear.