Striker James Collins struck twice as Shrewsbury fought back to secure a draw against AFC Wimbledon.

Collins nodded in his first from captain Liam Lawrence's cross to give the Shrews an early lead.

Sean Rigg was denied by a goalline clearance but Wimbledon drew level through debutant Matt Tubbs's header.

Rigg put the Dons ahead when visiting keeper Jayson Leutwiler failed to deal with a cross but Collins's late second goal ensured the points were shared.

Shrewsbury Town manager Micky Mellon told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"I think we have mixed emotions, to come together and get the point is fantastic.

"It's the first game of the season and we know we can get better, a lot of teams have come unstuck here.

"James is a superb striker and the hunger to score goals is fantastic, I'm really pleased for him to have two goals and be up and running for the season.

"It made it to be an exciting finish, but we know we can be better than that.

"We could have new player signing on Monday - but until it's done we have nothing to say."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

AFC Wimbledon

  • 20 Shea
  • 02 Fuller Booked
  • 03 Smith
  • 11 Rigg Booked
  • 08 Moore
  • 27 Barrett
  • 06 Bennett (Phillips - 90' )
  • 04 Bulman Booked
  • 07 Francomb (Sainte-Luce - 92' )
  • 09 Tubbs
  • 10 Akinfenwa

Substitutes

  • 01 Worner
  • 12 Pell
  • 14 Azeez
  • 15 Phillips
  • 16 Sainte-Luce
  • 17 Kennedy
  • 19 Arthur

Shrewsbury Town

  • 01 Leutwiler
  • 04 Woods
  • 05 Ellis
  • 11 Lawrence (Wesolowski - 56' Booked )
  • 22 Clark (Mangan - 74' )
  • 20 Knight-Percival Booked
  • 26 Akpa-Akpro (Vincent - 46' )
  • 12 Gayle
  • 10 Vernon
  • 06 Goldson
  • 09 Collins

Substitutes

  • 02 Grandison
  • 07 Vincent
  • 14 Wesolowski
  • 15 Wildig
  • 17 Caton
  • 19 Mangan
  • 21 Halstead
Ref: Keith Hill
Att: 4,162

Match Stats

Shots

5 7

On target

2 3

Corners

0 7

Fouls

10 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, AFC Wimbledon 2, Shrewsbury Town 2.

90:00 +5:36 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, AFC Wimbledon 2, Shrewsbury Town 2.

90:00 +4:04

Attempt missed. Scott Vernon (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

90:00 +2:35

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Jack Smith.

90:00 +1:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Kevin Sainte-Luce replaces George Francomb.

89:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Mark Phillips replaces Alan Bennett because of an injury.

86:46

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Alan Bennett.

86:20

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Adam Barrett.

86:09

Attempt blocked. Mark Ellis (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

85:24

Foul by Barry Fuller (AFC Wimbledon).

85:24

Ashley Vincent (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

83:59 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! AFC Wimbledon 2, Shrewsbury Town 2. James Collins (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Woods.

82:23

(AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:23

Foul by Scott Vernon (Shrewsbury Town).

82:00

Cameron Gayle (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81:54

Foul by Dannie Bulman (AFC Wimbledon).

81:17

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (AFC Wimbledon).

81:17

Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

79:07

Foul by George Francomb (AFC Wimbledon).

79:07

Ashley Vincent (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

73:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! AFC Wimbledon 2, Shrewsbury Town 1. Sean Rigg (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Barry Fuller.

71:54

Attempt missed. Ashley Vincent (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

70:37

Jack Smith (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:37

Foul by James Collins (Shrewsbury Town).

67:30

Foul by Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Shrewsbury Town).

67:30

Adebayo Akinfenwa (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:04 Booking

Booking Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.

66:33

Attempt saved. Ashley Vincent (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

66:02

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Jack Smith.

65:20 Booking

Booking Dannie Bulman (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card.

65:05

Foul by Dannie Bulman (AFC Wimbledon).

65:05

Ashley Vincent (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:08

Foul by Ashley Vincent (Shrewsbury Town).

59:08

Barry Fuller (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:17 Booking

Booking James Wesolowski (Shrewsbury Town) is shown the yellow card.

57:00

Dannie Bulman (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:59

Foul by James Wesolowski (Shrewsbury Town).

55:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. James Wesolowski replaces Liam Lawrence.

54:45

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Sean Rigg.

54:31

Attempt blocked. Liam Lawrence (Shrewsbury Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

54:04

Foul by Adam Barrett (AFC Wimbledon).

54:04

Liam Lawrence (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:40

Attempt missed. Adebayo Akinfenwa (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

45:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Shrewsbury Town. Ashley Vincent replaces Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro.

45:00

Second Half begins AFC Wimbledon 1, Shrewsbury Town 1.

45:00 +4:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, AFC Wimbledon 1, Shrewsbury Town 1.

45:00 +1:34

Foul by Scott Vernon (Shrewsbury Town).

45:00 +1:34

Alan Bennett (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:49 Booking

Booking Sean Rigg (AFC Wimbledon) is shown the yellow card.

37:24

Foul by Nathaniel Knight-Percival (Shrewsbury Town).

37:24

George Francomb (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the right wing.

35:24

Foul by Mark Ellis (Shrewsbury Town).

35:24

Dannie Bulman (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:27

Liam Lawrence (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:27

Foul by Alan Bennett (AFC Wimbledon).

27:35

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Jack Smith.

27:03

Corner, Shrewsbury Town. Conceded by Jack Smith.

25:20 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! AFC Wimbledon 1, Shrewsbury Town 1. Matt Tubbs (AFC Wimbledon) header from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Smith.

20:40

Sean Rigg (AFC Wimbledon) hits the left post with a header from the left side of the box.

20:00

Adam Barrett (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:55

Foul by Scott Vernon (Shrewsbury Town).

17:52

Attempt missed. Sammy Moore (AFC Wimbledon) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

14:55

Liam Lawrence (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:55

Foul by Barry Fuller (AFC Wimbledon).

14:25

Foul by Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town).

14:25

Adebayo Akinfenwa (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:26

Liam Lawrence (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

13:26

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (AFC Wimbledon).

8:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! AFC Wimbledon 0, Shrewsbury Town 1. James Collins (Shrewsbury Town) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Lawrence.

8:22

Foul by Adebayo Akinfenwa (AFC Wimbledon).

8:22

Ryan Woods (Shrewsbury Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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