AFC Wimbledon opened their League Two campaign with a victory over relegated Chesterfield, thanks to a first-half goal from Jack Midson.

The Dons' joint-top goalscorer last season swept home after collecting Angus MacDonald's lofted through ball.

Chesterfield's Drew Talbot found Seb Brown equal to his stinging drives, before Warren Cummings cleared Jordan Bowery's effort off the line.

Brown then had to be at his best to deny Sam Togwell as the Dons held on.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

AFC Wimbledon manager Terry Brown tells BBC London 94.9:

"I can't get the smile off my face, we've had one of the most dismal pre-seasons I can remember having.

"Going into this game we hadn't won in about four or five and this was a game we needed to get our noses in front.

"We got battered for about half an hour, they run us ragged, but we nicked a goal after about 35 minutes and then the game changed.

"They had to chase the game in the second half but, as the game went on, we looked dangerous."

Chesterfield manager John Sheridan tells BBC Radio Sheffield:

"We should have scored four goals in the first 15-20 minutes.

"We played really, really well and opened them up for fun, but we just didn't take our chances.

"Then with their first attempt they go and score, so it gives them something to hold onto.

"We definitely should have worked harder to get something out of the game."

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Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

AFC Wimbledon

  • 01 Brown
  • 03 Cummings
  • 04 Harris
  • 05 Balkestein Booked
  • 06 Mitchell-King
  • 16 MacDonald
  • 07 Long (Yussuff - 78' )
  • 08 S Moore
  • 18 Kiernan (Jolley - 66' )
  • 10 Midson
  • 11 L Moore

Substitutes

  • 33 Jaimez-Ruiz
  • 15 Fenlon
  • 12 Jolley
  • 20 Merrifield
  • 23 Yussuff
  • 09 Harrison
  • 21 Strutton

Chesterfield

  • 01 Lee
  • 03 Smith
  • 04 Forbes
  • 05 Trotman (Westcarr - 68' Booked )
  • 06 Hird
  • 08 Togwell Booked
  • 10 Whitaker
  • 23 Randall
  • 25 Talbot
  • 09 Richards (Lester - 80' )
  • 21 Bowery (Boden - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 13 O'Donnell
  • 12 Darwikwa
  • 07 Allott
  • 11 Westcarr
  • 14 Lester
  • 18 Boden
  • 19 Hazell
Ref: Ward
Att: 3,780

Match Stats

Shots

6 16

On target

4 11

Corners

3 8

Fouls

8 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:32 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +3:49

Jack Midson fouled by Terrell Forbes, the ref awards a free kick. Rashid Yussuff takes the free kick.

90:00 +3:18

Close range effort by Christian Jolley goes wide of the left-hand post.

90:00 +1:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Angus MacDonald by Sam Hird. Seb Brown takes the free kick.

89:04

Seb Brown restarts play with the free kick.

89:04 Booking

Booking The referee shows Craig Westcarr a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

88:51

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Seb Brown by Craig Westcarr.

88:23

Rashid Yussuff takes a shot. Save by Tommy Lee.

85:16

Strike on goal comes in from Craig Westcarr from the free kick, Corner taken right-footed by Danny Whitaker, clearance by Mat Mitchel-King.

85:16 Booking

Booking Pim Balkestein is shown a yellow card.

85:00

Jack Lester fouled by Pim Balkestein, the ref awards a free kick.

84:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sammy Moore on Jack Lester. Free kick taken by Mark Randall.

79:46 Substitution

Substitution Jack Lester replaces Marc Richards.

79:09

Danny Whitaker takes a shot. Blocked by Sammy Moore.

77:07 Substitution

Substitution Rashid Yussuff joins the action as a substitute, replacing Stacy Long.

75:14

Sam Hird takes a shot. Save made by Seb Brown.

71:52

Craig Westcarr concedes a free kick for a foul on Warren Cummings. Seb Brown takes the free kick.

67:21

Free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

67:21 Substitution

Substitution Craig Westcarr joins the action as a substitute, replacing Neal Trotman.

67:21

Unfair challenge on Sam Togwell by Louis Harris results in a free kick.

66:22

Marc Richards takes a shot. Save by Seb Brown.

65:11 Substitution

Substitution Brendan Kiernan leaves the field to be replaced by Christian Jolley.

63:53

The offside flag is raised against Jack Midson. Tommy Lee takes the free kick.

62:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Warren Cummings on Drew Talbot. Terrell Forbes restarts play with the free kick.

60:36

Seb Brown takes the indirect free kick.

60:36 Substitution

Substitution Scott Boden joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jordan Bowery.

60:36

Jordan Bowery is penalised for a handball.

58:08

Inswinging corner taken by Danny Whitaker, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Sam Hird misses to the left of the goal.

57:49

Marc Richards takes a shot. Mat Mitchel-King gets a block in.

55:53

Luke Moore gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Hird. Tommy Lee takes the free kick.

55:09

Mat Mitchel-King fouled by Marc Richards, the ref awards a free kick. Pim Balkestein takes the free kick.

54:04

Corner taken right-footed by Louis Harris, clearance by Neal Trotman.

53:42

Jordan Bowery produces a drilled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Blocked by Mat Mitchel-King.

52:34

Luke Moore takes a shot. Save made by Tommy Lee.

50:08

Long range effort from Jordan Bowery misses to the left of the goal.

48:44

The official flags Stacy Long offside. Tommy Lee takes the free kick.

47:23

Corner taken by Louis Harris.

45:53

Luke Moore concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark Randall. Tommy Lee takes the indirect free kick.

45:01

The game restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:38 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

43:49

Mark Randall gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sammy Moore. Indirect free kick taken by Seb Brown.

43:16

Luke Moore is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Tommy Lee takes the indirect free kick.

42:17

Jordan Bowery takes a shot. Clearance made by Warren Cummings.

41:03

The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Tommy Lee.

35:51 Booking

Booking Sam Togwell is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

35:32

Sam Togwell concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Moore. Free kick taken by Sammy Moore.

34:05

Assist by Angus MacDonald.

34:05 Goal scored

Goal! - Jack Midson - Wimbledon 1 - 0 Chesterfld Jack Midson grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. AFC Wimbledon 1-0 Chesterfield.

29:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Moore by Sam Togwell. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Angus MacDonald.

26:15

Danny Whitaker takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Stacy Long.

24:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Midson on Neal Trotman. Tommy Lee takes the free kick.

24:05

Drew Talbot takes a shot. Save made by Seb Brown.

23:29

Shot on goal by Jordan Bowery from just inside the area goes over the target.

22:55

Nathan Smith fouled by Jack Midson, the ref awards a free kick. Sam Hird restarts play with the free kick.

21:42

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Danny Whitaker.

21:16

Danny Whitaker takes the inswinging corner, Pim Balkestein makes a clearance.

20:32

Outswinging corner taken by Danny Whitaker from the right by-line, Angus MacDonald makes a clearance.

20:09

Drew Talbot takes a shot. Save by Seb Brown.

18:43

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Louis Harris from the right by-line, clearance by Sam Hird.

17:59

Brendan Kiernan fouled by Sam Togwell, the ref awards a free kick. Louis Harris restarts play with the free kick.

17:31

Drew Talbot takes a shot. Save by Seb Brown.

16:56

Marc Richards takes a shot. Save made by Seb Brown.

14:23

The official flags Jack Midson offside. Indirect free kick taken by Sam Hird.

12:44

Sam Togwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Louis Harris. Louis Harris delivers the ball, Brendan Kiernan takes a shot. Save by Tommy Lee.

12:06

Neal Trotman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brendan Kiernan. Louis Harris restarts play with the free kick.

11:29

Foul by Jordan Bowery on Mat Mitchel-King, free kick awarded. Seb Brown restarts play with the free kick.

10:45

Effort from inside the area by Marc Richards misses to the left of the goal.

9:46

Corner taken right-footed by Danny Whitaker.

8:16

Jordan Bowery takes a shot. Pim Balkestein gets a block in.

7:03

Corner taken by Danny Whitaker from the right by-line, clearance made by Pim Balkestein.

6:00

Luke Moore is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Tommy Lee restarts play with the free kick.

4:26

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jack Midson. Free kick taken by Nathan Smith.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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